Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Freedom, Health Care, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Progressivism | Tags: Healthcare, Massachusetts, Socialism
President Obama has had two “Town Hall” meetings to promote ObamaCare. These are carefully stage-managed events featuring ‘the One,’ with only enthralled supporters, and no dissenting voices. There was apparently an ‘event’ in our town earlier in the week to sell the president’s health care plan, featuring MoveOn.org activists with bullhorns. I didn’t attend.
Progressives have long, long wanted to inflict Universal Health Care on Americans. Since members of Congress and the government exclude themselves from any part of it, they know very well that it is not what they claim for it, and does not live up to the exclusive plan they all subscribe to. That indicates to me that they are not interested in the health care, but in the power that controlling our health will bestow upon them.
I pointed out in an earlier post that Great Britain has a population of 33 million, and their National Health Service is a mess. Canada has a population of 66 million, and they send their difficult cases down here, and many of their doctors have moved here too. Massachusetts has a population of 6.5 million, and enacted MassCare in 2006.
What has actually happened with Massachusetts’ plan has simply not received the media attention that it should in the light of the current debate. Sandy Szwarc reports on the reality.
Massachusetts was to be the nation’s test ground for universal health insurance. MassCare has been held up as the model for similar policies on a national level. Its key elements are part of the national healthcare reform measures being proposed for all of us.
It is newsworthy what the experiment has learned and how things have been working. Yet, national media has been quiet on news about what is happening… even when the most anticipated benefits have not been proved out, and in fact, have been made worse.
As readers remember, Massachusetts enacted MassCare in 2006 and made it law that everyone must buy health insurance — but only state-approved managed care plans with coverage mandates focused on prevention — and that the State would provide coverage under a government program for growing numbers of people unable to afford insurance. About three-fifths of residents now receive free or subsidized health insurance, according to the Massachusetts government — 16% paid through MassHealth and 41% through the subsidized Commonwealth Care.
It had been sold to the public as saving money through a medical home model with care management focused on prevention, pay-for-performance measures and integrated electronic medical records. Instead of costing less for residents and the government, as we’ve learned, nearly one-third of residents report that their individual healthcare costs have increased, and public spending on health insurance this year are expected to have increased 42 percent since the program was enacted. Government spending on the free and subsidized insurance has doubled just in the past two years and is expected to reach $1.3 billion this fiscal year.
Our tax dollars — $1.35 billion per year in federal funds — are now going towards trying to keep Commonwealth Care, which provides free or subsidized insurance for low- and moderate-income residents, solvent. But the costs are even greater for patients and healthcare providers. These are the costs — to lives and quality of care — that we never hear about on the national news.
To repeat, MassCare is such a flop that the rest of us are already paying for it to the tune of $1.35 billion, it isn’t covering everybody, it costs way more than expected and doctors are leaving Massachusetts in droves. MassHealth denies more claims than regular insurance, and it does not, as claimed, reduce the public’s use of emergency rooms.
If Massachusetts can’t make the plan that was supposed to serve her 6.5 million citizens work; the plan that was to prove how wonderful universal health care could be when administered by caring Progressive bureaucrats, then God help us when the Progressive bureaucrats in Congress try to fiddle up a plan for over 300 million of us (excluding Congress and the administration, of course).