The Massachusetts Health-Care ‘Train Wreck’
The future of ObamaCare is unfolding here: runaway spending, price controls, even limits on care and medical licensing.
As events are now unfolding, the Massachusetts plan couldn’t be a more damning indictment of ObamaCare. The state’s universal health-care prototype is growing more dysfunctional by the day, which is the inevitable result of a health system dominated by politics.
Fun WSJ facts to know and tell:
• the Massachusetts plan increased private employer-sponsored premiums by about 6%
• underlying state health costs continue to rise at 8% annually
• Massachusetts now has the highest average premiums in the nation.
Enter current Gov. Deval Patrick in a featured role as collateral damage, thanks largely to his strenuous efforts of late to cap insurance premiums.
Perhaps Mr. Patrick felt he could be so reckless because health-care demagoguery is the strategy for his fall re-election bid against a former insurance CEO.
That would be Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, who has a lot less to worry about on this front than Patrick does.
Not to mention Mitt Romney’s presidential aspirations in 2012. And that goes double for President Obama, who “said earlier this year that the health-care bill that Congress passed three months ago is ‘essentially identical’ to the Massachusetts . . . plan.”
Look for the Commender-in-Chief to start holding the Bay State at bay over the coming months.