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Mass. healthcare premiums down 5% – Romneycare Shines

15 Apr

I wonder how the republicans/conservatives/t-baggers/Romney campaign will deal with this piece of terrible, terrible news?
Romneycare,… the blueprint for Obama’s Affordable Care Act, apparently is doing what it was intended to do in the state of Massachusetts. Reduce health care costs and get more people insured.
Hmmmnnnnnnnnn,—– I can see the boys staying up late tonight in a smoke-filled room to make sure they come up with the proper way to spin this one.
I’m actually looking forward to hearing what they come up with. They’re crooks and liars, but they’re VERY GOOD crooks and liars. It’s one area where they excel.

Mass. healthcare premiums down 5%

BOSTON, April 14 (UPI) — Massachusetts residents who participate in the state’s healthcare program are seeing their insurance premiums going down by 5 percent, officials say.

While healthcare insurance premiums have gone up in other states, those participating in the state’s Health Connector Commonwealth Care program are enjoying a second year of reduced premium payments courtesy of the healthcare reform act signed into law by then Gov. Mitt Romney, Forbes.com reported.

President Barack Obama‘s Affordable Care Act was patterned under Romney’s program in Massachusetts and designed to lower the amount of “free riders,” people who don’t buy or can’t afford healthcare insurance but

cannot by law, be turned away at a hospital emergency room if they have a life-threatening illness, by mandating the purchase of healthcare insurance.

Currently, Massachusetts has the highest level of healthcare coverage in the country with more than 98 percent of its residents having healthcare insurance, but ranking as the 48th lowest state in the nation in healthcare expenditures.

The combined saving of last year and this year will save the state approximately $91 million with no benefit reductions or member co-pay increases, the report said.

However, it took longer — up seven days from last year — for patients to see a primary care physician for non-urgent care, while waiting for an internist improved by five days from last year, the report said. There was a primary care U.S. physician shortage before the Massachusetts law was approved in every state spurred by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 that restricted the number of internships and residencies in U.S. hospitals.

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2 Comments

Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Economy, Health, Politics

 

2 responses to “Mass. healthcare premiums down 5% – Romneycare Shines

  1. Wayne

    April 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    When you over tax people, it is easy to make things look better.

    Just say you are a middle class President …. and you will tax the rich …. interesting. In my book HE IS RICH.

    But, as to your direct claim, it seems to be another political reach to waste more money and tax the middle class.

    Mass. is not anywhere near the bottom in costs. It may be near the top in govt subsidized health care, but not the lowest in costs.

    http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2009/08/22/bay_state_health_insurance_premiums_highest_in_country/

     
  2. h2dog

    April 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Wayne,– obvious that we’re diametrically opposed on this one.
    Why do you say people are over taxed? Lowest rates inover 50 years. Payroll tax break at the moment too.
    Mass, Conn., NY, — most NE states have higher state and local taxes I believe. So not unusual for Mass. to have higher rates. Income per capita also one of the highest. And they get more services for the buck, as opposed to a Louisiana or Mississippi.
    Premiums are edging down. You’re turning a carrier, not a powerboat. Reining in systems this big won’t be overnight. Progress is progress.
    And you can’t ignore the high rate of insured. Keeps people from using the emergency room for everything. Huge money saver there. Not to mention sick people get care, and more preventative stuff. I will never buy someone telling me that getting people health care is some kind of waste of money. I believe it works the other way.
    Read your article. ’03 to ’08 national ave. premium increase was 33%. Mass. was at 40%. A difference, but not a crazy one. Premiums were skyrocketing before the Romneycare.

     

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