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The rock stars of universal coverage; Groups around the country are inviting Mass. legislators, lobbyists, and activists to speak
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Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Legislators; Public speaking; Health insurance; Health care policy
Author: Krasner, Jeffrey
Date: Dec 5, 2006
Start Page: D.1
Section: Metro
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[Richard T. Moore]'s hectic schedule is typical of other state lawmakers, lobbyists, and activists instrumental in the healthcare revamp. Besides the Arizona trip, he has met with lawmakers and business leaders in California, spoken to the Academy of Family Physicians in Austin, Texas, and met with New Jersey legislators at Ellis Island in New York Harbor. An Irish member of Parliament even came to Boston to chat, and a session with Iowa legislators is planned for later this month.

Victoria Burgess, healthcare policy analyst for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, has spoken about healthcare reform to groups in New Jersey, New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. "There are parts of the Massachusetts law that can be exportable," she said.

Others on the Massachusetts healthcare overhaul speaking circuit include Representative Patricia Walrath, cochair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, and Timothy Murphy, secretary of health and human services. The speaking engagements often bring together participants who have been adversaries on healthcare issues.

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