According to an article in the Sunday,November 18th, 2007, Boston Globe, “(Massachusetts) the state could face a funding gap as large as $147 million by the end of the fiscal year, according to a state projection.”
2009 looks worse: … “Since insurers who participate in the subsidized program are expected to ask for significantly higher payments from the state”.But, government regulators are keeping up appearances: "It’s too early to make any departure from the health reform plan," said Leslie Kirwan, secretary of administration and finance and chairwoman of theCommonwealth Health Insurance Connector.”
“"It’s a good problem to have – people are getting insured and hopefully getting care," state Senator Richard T. Moore told the newspaper.
Yet somebody knew this was coming: according to a Washington Times opinion piece
from November of 2006, “In an Aug. 17  filing to support general
obligation bonds, officials project that the new plan will increase
Massachusetts government health spending by $276.4 million in 2007.
That’s a $151 millionboost over what the public was told the plan would cost as recently as April ”.Let’s
repeat that—‘suddenly’ there is an anticipated $147 million shortfall…
but, in August of 2006, someone wrote that the program would cost $151
million more than expected…So, the real question is: “who knew
and when did they know it?” And why was there not complete disclosure
to the public? And the side question is: “what are they going to do
about it?”Here is a hint: “Boston Medical Center and Cambridge
Health Alliance negotiated a special deal in the health reform law that
guaranteed them $287 million a year through 2009 in fees and increased
"That’s probably on the table,"” said State Senator Moore.
It is worth remembering Frederick Hayek here (from 1944’s The Road to Serfdom)- “
"But while the entrepreneurs may well see their
expectations borne out during a transition stage, it will not be long
before they find, as their German colleagues did, that they are no
longer masters but will in every respect have to be satisfied with
whatever power and emoluments the government will concede them."
Moore is also noted in the article to discuss controlling healthcare
costs… stay tuned—since there is little doubt that the ‘control’ will
be entirely in the hands of government and bureaucrats, and result in
the severe curtailing of your rights and my rights to make our own
health care choices without getting firstimplicit, and then explicit, permission…