Gov. Deval Patrick on MA Healthcare: “Not Another State Can Touch Us on Healthcare” Discusses Gay Marriage, Election 2010, Scott Brown’s Win, More in Exclusive Interview with Midweek Politics’ David Pakman
NORTHAMPTON, MA – 4/13/2010 – In his only sit-down interview for radio or television during the statewide campaign kick-off tour, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick covered all the bases with David Pakman of Midweek Politics, the nationally syndicated talk radio program based in Northampton, MA. On the controversial issue of gay marriage, Patrick said “I think it’s over here [in Massachusetts]…that “the court got it right,” and that he is “hopeful that the country will move in the direction of Massachusetts,” the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2003.
In the exclusive interview, the first part of which will air this week on Midweek Politics on over 70 radio and television stations across Massachusetts and the entire country, Patrick indicated that the recent historic healthcare reform bill passed by Congress and longtime Patrick friend and current President Barack Obama is “…really built on our model,” referring to the Massachusetts healthcare system, and went on to add that there is “not another state that can touch us on healthcare…97.5% of our residents have health care today.”
In thinking about the upcoming 2010 election in November for Governor of Massachusetts in relation to the recent success that Republican Scott Brown enjoyed in the special Senate election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s seat, Patrick said “I respect Scott Brown because he did the work,” and that it’s “hard for me to be more careful than I already am” in terms of taking a Democratic victory for granted. “People aren’t buying 100% of what either party is saying,” Patrick added, about Massachusetts voters.
Midweek Politics can be heard locally on WXOJ (103.3 FM) on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, on WHMP (1400AM/1240AM/96.9FM) on Saturdays at 1pm, and on over 10 other Massachusetts radio and television stations listed here.
Midweek Politics is a multi-facet media talk show hosted by David Pakman. Midweek Politicsis a political program, focusing on the politics and news of the week, with regular interviews of liberal, conservative, and non-political guests. Midweek Politics can be heard on over 70 radio and television stations, recently adding Atlanta, Hartford, Tampa, and Philadelphia, and also seen/heard in Charlotte, Nashville, Grand Rapids, Dayton, Olympia, Anchorage, Winnipeg, and over 50 others.
Midweek Politicsis currently the largest program in the country originating in Massachusetts, as well as the largest program hosted by an individual as young as Pakman. Midweek Politicsfirst aired in August 2005 on WXOJ in Northampton, Massachusetts. While an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts, during his time as an intern at the Media Education Foundation, Pakman began the evolution of a local version of Midweek Politics on WXOJ that would soon become a national success. Since June 2009 Pakman has been working with nationally syndicated progressive talk radio host Thom Hartmann, Pakman has partnered and distributed Thom’s radio program to Pacifica Radio Network and other public radio stations, and established distribution of Thom’s half hour TV show, The Big Picture, on television stations throughout the country. Midweek Politics online: www.davidpakman.com and on Facebook and Twitter
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