Here’s a benchmark for ObamaCare…
OK so remember when the Mittster pushed RomneyCare through in Massachusetts? And he’s noted on more than one occasion that he thinks it’s a success. I think it’s a good benchmark for ObamaCare because it’s really the closest thing we’ve got to government mandated and run healthcare.
So today in Massachusetts the state Treasurer, who used to be a Democrat and is now an Independent running for Governor, had this to say…
BOSTON – The Massachusetts treasurer said Tuesday that Congress will “threaten to wipe out the American economy within four years” if it adopts a health-care overhaul modeled after the Bay State’s.
Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill – a former Democrat running as an independent for governor – said the local plan enacted in 2006 has succeeded only because of huge subsidies and favorable regulatory changes from the federal government.
“Who, exactly, is going to bail out the federal government if this plan goes national?” he asked.
He also gave reporters a copy of a recent state ledger sheet, showing the state’s Medicaid program ballooning from $7.5 billion to a projected $9.2 billion since the plan was adopted. Meanwhile, of the 407,000 newly insured, only 32 percent paid for private insurance wholly by themselves.
The remainder have received partial or total taxpayer subsidies to buy the insurance coverage required by the plan.
The Obama administration is asking the House and Senate to approve a national plan that includes a similar “individual mandate,” as well as an entity designed to match buyers with private health insurance plans.
I really don’t expect TheBoyPresident™ to respond to this, but I sure would like to see Scott Brown make a big deal of it.