Healthcare

Healthcare

This post is the seventh of a twelve-part series to publicize candidate answers to our Electoral Questionnaire. Candidates were required to answer all questions to be eligible for Boston DSA’s endorsement.

Boston DSA will vote on endorsements at the July 21st General Meeting.

This section asks candidates about Medicare for All, reducing harm and stigmas for people affected by substance use disorder, supervised injection facilities, staffing ratios for nurses, and funeral benefits for poor or indigent persons.

Do you support Bill H.2987, “An Act establishing improved Medicare for all in Massachusetts”?

Gretchen Van Ness

  • Yes.

Darryn Remillard

  • Yes.

Segun Idowu

  • Yes, in principle. As with housing, I believe that health care is a basic human right.

Nika Elugardo

  • Yes.

Darrin Howell

  • Yes.

Do you support Bill S.1081, “An Act to authorize public health workers to pursue new measures to reduce harm and stigma for people affected by substance use disorder,” including the implementation of supervised injection facilities? Would you support restrictions on opioid prescriptions?

Gretchen Van Ness

  • Yes.

Darryn Remillard

  • Yes.

Segun Idowu

  • Yes, and yes.

Nika Elugardo

  • Yes.

Ture Turnbull

  • Yes

Darrin Howell

  • Yes and yes. In my role with United Healthcare Workers East, I was engaged every day with a workforce of healthcare and social service professionals, many of whom are engaged directly in these very issues. So I am no stranger to policies related to public health and substance abuse.

Do you support the “Massachusetts Nurse-Patient Assignment Limits Initiative,” the ballot question to mandate staffing ratios for nurses?

Gretchen Van Ness

  • Yes. My partner is an oncology nurse, so I understand this issue very well.

Darryn Remillard

  • Yes.

Segun Idowu

  • Yes.

Nika Elugardo

  • Yes.

Ture Turnbull

  • Yes

Darrin Howell

  • Yes. And I’ve spoken extensively with representatives of the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

Do you support increasing the cap on funeral costs for DTA funding related to the Funeral and Final Disposition Benefit for services and burial of poor or indigent persons in Massachusetts?

Gretchen Van Ness

  • Yes.

Darryn Remillard

  • Yes.

Segun Idowu

  • Yes.

Nika Elugardo

  • Yes.

Ture Turnbull

  • Yes

Darrin Howell

  • Yes. And as someone who has lost loved ones to community violence, I firmly believe that the least our society can do is provide for a bit of human decency as people are laid to rest.

How will you work to reintegrate veterans into civilian life in the Commonwealth?

Gretchen Van Ness

  • Through housing and education benefits and by providing whatever support services they request. The Veterans Administration should care for the whole person and until it does, we need to step up and do that.

Darryn Remillard

  • Yes!

Segun Idowu

  • By honoring their service, protecting their civil rights, and expanding said rights to include access to readily-available employment, housing, mental health professionals, and general healthcare. I came of age during the Iraq War. I was always baffled by the fact that we cheered soldiers into war and shunned them when they returned from the battlefield. We have to treat our veterans better, and I will work with my future colleagues and veterans’ groups to ensure we are keeping our promise to them.

Nika Elugardo

  • It’s important to build a robust social safety net and series of social programs that will provide a solid standard of living for everyone. Single-payer healthcare, huge investments in social housing, transportation, educations—these are the right policies for everyone, not just veterans. I would ensure that the Veterans Affairs programs in our Commonwealth are fully funded so we can provide the support returning veterans need, especially any medical care (including mental health care) needed.

Ture Turnbull

  • We need to create a clear pathway for veterans to participate in civilian life, beginning from the day they enlist. Setting up a system that monitors and evaluates service members well-being during service will allow us to better assist them upon leaving service. I will support any legislation that provides targeted and specialized services to this unique population.

Darrin Howell

  • I’d take the same approach that I’ve taken to helping incarcerated individuals return to the community. The first step is ensuring people are aware of the resources that are available to them — housing assistance, food vouchers, healthcare access, etc. The second is connecting them to a network of supportive individuals who have been through the same experience and come out the other side. And the third step is to connect them with meaningful job, volunteer and educational opportunities to help renew their sense of “purpose”. There’s a lot more to it than these simple steps, but offering the basics here, based on the successes I’ve seen in the prison system.

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