John McDonough

John E. McDonough is the director of Health Care for All and the author of Experiencing Politics: A Legislator's Stories of Politics and Health Care.

Recent Articles

An Editor's Diagnosis

Severed Trust: Why American Medicine Hasn't Been Fixed, by Dr. George D. Lundberg, M.D., with James Stacey. Basic Books, 371 pages, $26.00.

States First: The Other Path to National Health Reform

As a state legislator in Massachusetts since 1985, I have seen the best and worst of state health policy-making. In 1988 the Massachusetts Legislature approved a measure intended to guarantee health insurance to all 600,000 uninsured state residents. The early steps under the law, covering students, the unemployed, and disabled adults and children, were preludes to a requirement, effective in 1992, that all employers provide insurance or pay for coverage by the state. Although flawed, the plan represented a striking effort by one state to push ahead of the federal government in the achievement of universal health insurance.