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Like many poor slobs (i.e. working class citizens), I can’t what for this fascist scheme to fail. The policies offered are not affordable for the majority of us who theoretically have to buy them, they do not really make seeking medical care more available, and they have no hope of lowering or containing costs. All this law has accomplished so far is the terrorizing of the middle class, exacerbation of brain drain, and the guaranty that we will have a new governor and legislature in the next election cycle. Any politician who signed on to this misbegotten law should be… Read more »

Scott Weitz
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Scott Weitz

The whole Connector idea doesn’t address the problem, just the symptom. HealthCare costs are the problem. Not health Insurance. Premiums pay for the high cost of care. Maybe creating a connector to try and get Doctors, Hospitals, etc. to keep fees down would be a step in the right direction. I am so tired of hearing doctors complain about how little they are paid, meanwhile, the Forbes list that just came out still has doctors as the highest wage owners in the contry. You can’t continue to put out doctors on a pedistal and pay them like kings and cry… Read more »

Stella Baskomb
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Stella Baskomb

“Just one nice thing, Eric”
How much should “one nice thing” cost?

John E McDonough
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Eric: The source for your pronouncement of “failure” is one Boston Globe article. Before you pronounce “failure”, do you talk with anyone on the ground in Massachusetts to check what’s going on in real life context, or do you rely solely on partial journalistic accounts? I suspect it’s the latter. I do note your own admission you’re been predicting the law’s “failure” since its signing one year ago. [“I must admit when I am wrong. My repeated claims that the Massachusetts Health Plan would be on life support—with a likely ‘pulling of the plug’—by early 2008 have been proven wrong.It… Read more »

Eric Novack
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John- you would be mischaracterizing my comments over the months about the plan to say I ‘pray’ for failure. I am simply reporting facts. Rather, I would say that many in Massachusetts and around the coountry get up and ‘pray’ for success of the program. I maintain that praying for it to work will not make it work. Perhaps you could comment on former Senate President Travaglini’s new possible role as a lobbyist? Perhaps you could comment on the rules which would require hundred of thousands of Mass residents to buy more insurance than they already have to be ‘compliant’… Read more »

John E McDonough
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To suggest the plan is “on life support” or has failed is not correct. Since the law was signed less than one year ago, more than 100,000 previously uninsured persons now have secure and affordable coverage. Many more will be enrolled over the next year. New coverage options will soon be available. They will not be as affordable as Romney bragged, though we never believed him anyway. These choices will offer more varied and affordable options than now available in the MA market — some with higher cost sharing and some without. We are engaged in a difficult and unprecedented… Read more »

David Williams of the Health business blog
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Agree with you on problems including people being told they’re underinsured (see http://www.healthbusinessblog.com/?p=1163 and http://www.healthbusinessblog.com/?p=1179). Romney’s always been slimy on this topic (http://www.healthbusinessblog.com/?p=1090) including when he vetoed the employer penalty. Don’t worry, he’ll be quick to take credit later on if it works out. (Another explanation for Romney’s silence is that the MA plan isn’t sensible on a national basis.) The $200/month plans Romney bragged about in October were never real, while the $380 figure that was initially reported as the average of initial bids wasn’t a real number either, as it included several carriers with very high estimates who… Read more »

Eric Novack
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In case you doubt my last comment, here (http://mittromney.com/Issue-Watch/Health_Care) is Romney’s presidential web site- the page dedicated to health care.
His plan is not mentioned… at all…

Eric Novack
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David- not excited, realistic. That so many people (conservative and liberal- remember the ‘connector’ idea is, at least in part, a heritage foundation creation) WANT it to work, will not make it so. Hundreds of thousands of people with insurance are now told that their insurance is no good… you must buy more. Average cost is still 50% HIGHER than planned. The Mass senate president during the passage of the law (Travaglini) has just formed a lobbying company and has already been offered 300,00 to lobby for community hospitals. Advocates believe the business madate is too high. Advocates believe the… Read more »

David Williams of the Health business blog
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Not sure why you’re so excited to see the MA reform fail. The delay doesn’t have to do with the feasibility of the plan, just with how quickly it can be implemented. It makes sense to go for universal insurance coverage in MA, considering we’ve got a low rate of uninsured to begin with and already have funds allocated for uncompensated care. The plan’s far from perfect, but it’s not a pipe dream. Absolutely there’s a need to bring down the cost side of the equation. There will be broad-based support to do so once there’s universal coverage in place… Read more »

Chris Martin, MPH
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Chris Martin, MPH

You could be right Eric. I’m not from Massachussets and don’t pretend to read between the lines when something like this happens but the article points out that this is a delay, not a termination of the program or an amendment to the law. I know that it’s often the case when an article like this comes out it merely protends the eventual demise of the program so that may be what you are hinting at…or maybe I’m just a lefty optimist!