Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Democrat Mike Lake's lieutenant governor campaign endorsed by single-payer advocacy group Mass-Care

BOSTON — A Massachusetts coalition which exists to advocate for a single-payer health care system has thrown its support behind Democrat Mike Lake's campaign to become the next lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth.

In endorsing Lake, a former Bill Clinton appointee and current CEO of the Boston-based non-profit Leading Cities, the health care advocacy group's Executive Director Ture Richard Turnbull said the candidate supports the right side of the health care debate.

"Mass-Care is proud of our endorsement of Mike Lake for Lt. Governor," Turnball said in a statement. "He is a diligent and passionate public servant who understands the value of Single Payer healthcare in Massachusetts. He’s advocated for it and has the progressive values to help lead the Commonwealth lead the nation again."

Lake's support of a single payer health care system, in which there is a single insurance pool run by the government, earned him the endorsement. One of his Democratic competitors, Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung, also supports a single-payer health care system, according to his response to a ProgressMass questionnaire. Fellow Democrat Steve Kerrigan didn't take a position on the topic, according to the questionnaire, which did indicate however that he does support exploring a public option to streamline care and reduce costs.

In accepting the Mass-Care endorsement, Lake said the organization is "dedicated to the public good and understand(s) the importance of advocacy in healthcare. I am proud to support single payer and will continue to do so."

The primary election for lieutenant governor will take place Sept. 9, and the general election is slated for Nov. 4, 2014.

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