There are few people more qualified to discuss health care than Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-Burlington). With degrees in both law and medicine, Conaway’s position as the Chair of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee is a natural fit.
Conaway’s credentials bely the fact that he’s one of the smartest in the Gang of 120+1 on State Street. Unlike many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, he rarely channels his position through a political lens and he explains his positions with well thought-out rationale, not sound bites.
I spoke with Conaway about health care in the state and the nation earlier today in the State House. We talked about his bill to establish health exchanges (now on the Governor’s desk), the shortage of physicians, malpractice reform, upcoming health initiatives, and the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. He also provides some useful advice about how patients can make more informed health decisions.