Marie McCourt for 2nd Hampshire District

Endorsements keep rolling in!

2 September, 2018

How humbling and fulfilling it is to receive my 21st endorsement.  I've just sent this press release to the media and shared it on Facebook to let as many people as possible know.  We have only two days until the primary election and I've been so Mass. NOW PAC logoenergized by the supportive response of voters who I have connected with directly or who have been talking with my canvassing team.  

Please be sure to make your voting plan for Tuesday.  How will you get to the polls?  Do you need to arrange a ride?  Will you bring a friend, neighbor, co-worker or relative?  What time will you head out?

As we now know, every election and every vote are important.  I can't wait to see you at the polls on Tuesday, September 4th.  (In two days!!)

Posted on 02 Sep 2018, 14:33 - Category: Endorsements!



Transparency In Government

August 21, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Marie McCourt Signs Pledge for Government Transparency and Accountability;
Fourteen Other Women Legislative Candidates Push for Culture
Change on Beacon Hill

(Granby, MA) - At 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, Marie McCourt, progressive Democrat for State Representative, and fourteen other Democratic women running to make change in both chambers of the Massachusetts Legislature publicly pledged to push for greater government transparency and accountability. “I pledge to stand for roll calls and to advocate for greater transparency and accountability within the Massachusetts Legislature. Elected leaders should be on record, supporting or opposing proposals on Beacon Hill,” the fifteen women pledged.

Presently, roll calls are the way legislators publicly vote on bills. In a roll call vote, each legislator is asked to vote “yea” or “nay” on the bill at issue and each vote is published, on the record. Roll call votes are not mandatory, and occur when requested and supported by at least ten percent (10%) of elected Representatives or one-fifth (⅕) of the Senators present. Without a legislator requesting a roll call and sufficient support for that roll call, a voice vote proceeds, yielding unrecorded, essentially secret votes.

All fifteen women pledge-signers are running to make government work for the people of their districts, spanning the entire Commonwealth. Central to the idea of a “government for the people” is that the people actually know what their legislators do and how they vote on the various policies before them. In addition to the Transparency Pledge, several of these women have stated they would vote to make the public records law applicable to the Legislature. “Legislators should be in the business of serving the people,” said Rausch. “Hiding behind the curtain does a disservice to constituents and the legislative process. I am proud to have spearheaded this pledge, and honored to stand with my fellow candidates. I look forward to bringing my first-hand experience in state government, creating and implementing protocols to increase transparency, to the people of my district and the Legislature.”

The pledge-signers have already heard from others seeking to join them in pledging to increase government transparency and accountability. Those wishing to follow the pledge, or ask their legislators to sign on, can search for #TransparencyPledge on social media.

Pledge-signers running for State Senate are: Samantha Hammar (5th Middlesex) and Becca Rausch (Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex).

Pledge-signers running for State Representative are: Emily Farrer (3rd Bristol); Tami Gouveia (14th Middlesex);  Allison Gustavson (4th Essex); Sabrina Heisey (36th Middlesex); Erika Johnson (19th Middlesex); Lori Lennon (23rd Middlesex); Marie McCourt (2nd Hampshire); Tanya Neslusan (1st Hampden); Maria Robinson (6th Middlesex); Lindsay Sabadosa (1st Hampshire); Mary Ann Stewart (15th Middlesex); Gretchen Van Ness (14th Suffolk); and Francia Wisnewski (1st Franklin).

 

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With over 20 years of experience advocating for diabetes research and working in education, Granby resident Marie McCourt is a lifelong advocate for social justice, fairness, and equality for all people. Utilizing her research on leadership and experience in local government, as State Representative Marie McCourt will prioritize progressive social policies that support families and strengthen our communities. To learn more about Marie’s campaign for MA State Representative in the 2nd Hampshire District (Easthampton, Granby precinct 2, Hadley, South Hadley) please visit www.mariemccourt.com.

 

Posted on 21 Aug 2018, 13:39 - Category: campaign



Column Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette

This is the text of the column in the August 20 edition of Daily Hampshire Gazette.


A few months ago, I had to take the day off from work. My insurance company had refused to refill my insulin prescription, and I had a mountain of red tape to work through.

Due to a change in company policy, pre-authorization was now required. If I could use a less expensive form of insulin, I was told during one of my multiple phone calls with the insurance company, I could have my prescription filled immediately. Otherwise, I had to work with my diabetes specialist to get a pre-authorization ... and experience told me that this can be a long process which can often take up to a month for other items.

This is American health care in the 21st century, a confusing system in which profit takes priority over patients. The average American physician spends time worth more than $80,000 a year interacting with insurance plans and at least 20 hours a week dealing with pre-authorizations. Instead of providing health care, doctors spend time justifying their decisions to health insurance companies who are more interested in holding down their costs than ensuring our health.

Insurance problems aren’t new for me. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 7 years old. My mother often had to choose between providing food and insulin for me when my father died four years later.

My health situation took a turn for the worse when I was 20 years old and living on my own. It was the early 1990s. I was working over 40 hours a week without insurance. Too often I had to choose rent and utilities over insulin or food. There was no Affordable Care Act. I had no insurance, and no access to it, since I was diabetic.

I had to move back home, and quit my job — I was too sick, with my blood sugar out of control. Doctors gave me a 20 percent chance of survival. My mother bought me a cemetery plot.

The Massachusetts Health Connector, which began in 2007, would have covered my insulin, but in the 1990s, I was still one of the more than half a million Massachusetts citizens without health insurance. When my husband and I married in 1995, he got insurance from a job, but there was a one-year waiting period for the coverage of pre-existing conditions for me. Diabetes and, as I later learned, pregnancy would not be covered for a while.

In 2007, the Health Connector, and a few years later, the Affordable Care Act, increased the number of people with health insurance. If I were a 7-year-old diabetic today, my mother would not have to choose between food and insulin. Ninety-nine percent of children under age 19 in Massachusetts now have health insurance. As a 20-year-old, I would have been covered by insurance and not have ended up fighting for my life because I couldn’t afford enough insulin. It wasn’t until 2006 that I finally had affordable, reliable insurance.

Even with decent coverage, American health care is still a mess. With the help of my local pharmacist and my doctor, my insulin prescription was eventually filled, but the number of work hours wasted was unnecessary.

Thankfully, I work a job that allows me to take a day off, but my health wasn’t better for taking a day off from work to spend it on the phone. My doctor’s other patients weren’t better off for her time spent arguing with the insurance company on my behalf. My pharmacist certainly had other work to do. My employer would have preferred that I be at work.

Why should we have had to fight for a prescription in the first place — and especially for a lifelong, chronic condition for which the prescription is what keeps me alive? If we were to design a health care system from scratch, would it be the one we have now?

We have the most expensive health care system and worst health outcomes in the developed world. Multipayer health insurance, a bureaucratic nightmare that diverts money from health care to the private companies that ration it, is the cause.

That’s why I support Medicare for All. Medicare has better outcomes for patients. It’s most efficient and less expensive because it eliminates useless bureaucracy and frees up doctors and nurses to actually perform health care.

Medicare for All would guarantee universal health care, simplify coverage for employers, make entrepreneurship more affordable, and best of all, improve the health of millions of Americans.

Posted on 21 Aug 2018, 13:38 - Category: Articles



The Daily Hampshire Gazette Endorses McCourt!

Editorial: Marie McCourt our choice in 2nd Hampshire District

After a joint candidate interview with the Editorial Board and a numbeer of forums and public appearances, the Gazette has endorsed Marie as their recommended candidate.

"Voters in the 2nd Hampshire District will best be served by electing McCourt, whose understanding of the issues, skills as an advocate and compassion for less fortunate people will make her an impressive state representative."

Read the entire editorial here!

Posted on 10 Aug 2018, 12:08 - Category: Endorsements!



Year of the Woman?

Great article in the Valley Advocate about all of the women running for office in Western MA! 

http://valleyadvocate.com/2018/03/27/western-mass-year-woman-election-bring-female-delegation-hampshire-county/

Posted on 02 Apr 2018, 13:59 - Category: Articles



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