Don Berwick best Democratic candidate for Massachusetts governor

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By Saturday, Aug 9 Letters, Viewpoints  8 Comments

To The Edge:

We are distressed that there has been so little press mention of Donald Berwick, who in our view is the most outstanding candidate for Massachusetts governor in the upcoming Democratic primary on September 9th.

Don is a progressive with a plan for single payer — Medicare for all — in Massachusetts, reducing our state healthcare budget and freeing funds sorely needed to create jobs, repair our roads and bridges, and invest in education and energy innovation. He’s the only candidate opposing legalized casinos and is on record against the gas pipeline. His is a “jobs agenda.”

As physicians, we support him for leading his organization’s work with hospitals to reduce errors and infection rates, resulting in the salvage of over 100,000 patient lives. President Obama chose him to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid where he once again was outstanding. We find no other candidate with a resume of such great executive experience and accomplishment.

His is a clear-eyed and passionate message, one that stirs similar feelings in those of us lucky enough to have met him and heard him speak.

Donald Berwick has inspired the greatest number of volunteers and the greatest grassroots momentum. He can win!

Elaine and Fred Panitz

Sheffield, Mass.

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  1. Laury epstein says:

    I support dan berwick, whose stand on single payer health care is superb. I hope lots of others who,are interested in sane health care policy will vote for him.

  2. Kathie Dean says:

    I also support Don Berwick. I believe he is the most competent candidate with the best programs for moving Massachusetts forward.

  3. Marj Wexler says:

    Don Berwick is indeed the best candidate. His work with Medicare and Medicaid shows that he is much more than hollow speeches. That he is willing to take such principled stands AND to run for governor is amazing! Vote for Berwick on Sept 9!

  4. Joyce Scheffey says:

    Fantastic letter. I just wish I wish I was still able to canvass. (I am phone banking for this great candidate. ) Not since Deval Patrick’s elections have I felt so keenly that we Progressives finally have someone who will fight for ALL our issues. We really need this man.

    1. Laury Epstein says:

      How right you are!

  5. Barney Edmonds says:

    Fred and Elaine are spot on with their support for Berwick!

    Dan is clearly the best candidate to represent progressives in Massachusetts. His opinions about single payer, casinos (No!) and economic development are both relevant and refreshing.

    Thank you Fred and Elaine for getting behind him.

    Barney & Julie Edmonds

  6. Susan Pettee says:

    Thanks to Fred and Elaine for their letter recommending Don Berwick for governor and to all those who have agreed. I also find that he is by far the best qualified candidate, as well as the one with the best vision for Massachusetts. Please, everyone come out and vote for Berwick in the primary on September 9!
    It is disappointing that the press has given this superb candidate so little coverage.

  7. Joan E. Sullivan says:

    I also support Don Berwick. He is intelligent, competent in running large systems, has a surplus of energy and, perhaps most importantly, he has a comprehensive vision for our state. He will strive to make us carbon neutral, improve schools in areas where it is necessary, and improve our transportation system. He has proved himself to be successful in all of his past endeavors. I have only known Don for a year, but I have met people who have worked with him up to thirty years ago. They support him to this day.

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