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Romney Tells Leno Hed Rather Santorum as VP Than President
ABC News ^ | 3/27/12 | Emily Friedman

Posted on 03/28/2012 4:53:24 AM PDT by zeebee

...Romney said, “If they are 45 years old and they show up and say I want insurance because I have heart disease, it’s like, hey guys. We can’t play the game like that. You’ve got to get insurance when you are well and then if you get ill, you are going to be covered.”

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
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I did not see any comments here on FR about Romney on Leno last night.
1 posted on 03/28/2012 4:53:32 AM PDT by zeebee
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To: zeebee

Captain Bishop Etch-a-sketch:
"I bet $10,000 that this thingy is the perfect size.
Have some minion superglue it on the roof
of my wife’s second Cadillac for attention.
"


Willard, what the hell is that child doing on the roof?

Captain Bishop Etch-a-Sketch: “Silly woman. Even if the 'thingy' falls off,
Matt Drudge and Fehrnstrom will just hit my ‘Reset’-button.


FLASHBACK:


Romney's bad behavior Exposed by Seamus

"Romney Loses Nomination Over Dog Abuse? -
Romney was traveling that summer with his wife, five sons,
and Seamus to his parent's cottage on Lake Huron.
But hours into the ride, Seamus apparently suffered diarrhea,
which ran down the back window of the car.
David Kravitz wrote on BlueMassGroup, a liberal blog.
"It also strikes me as classic Romney:
it solves a problem efficiently, in a business-like manner,
and with no regard whatsoever for the suffering
that the solution may cause."

"But the details of the event are more than unseemly
- they may, in fact, be illegal.
Massachusetts's animal cruelty laws
specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal
"in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise,
in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner
or in a way and manner which might endanger
the animal carried thereon.

"An officer for the Massachusetts Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded
to a description of the situation saying
"it's definitely something I'd want to check out."
The officer, Nadia Branca, declined to give
a definitive opinion on whether Romney broke the law
but did note that it's against state law to have a dog
in an open bed of a pick-up truck, and
"if the dog was being carried in a way that endangers it,
that would be illegal."


2 posted on 03/28/2012 4:57:04 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: zeebee

He was pretty tough on zero’s traitorous conversation with Medvedev. I wish I could find a transcript of that. ABC News left it out.


3 posted on 03/28/2012 5:00:03 AM PDT by zeebee
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To: Diogenesis

THAT’s funny! LOL!


4 posted on 03/28/2012 5:10:54 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: zeebee

Please spare me the Rombey propaganda .
This evil creature hates the GOP base and us Dem .
He has killed the. Base with the most
Ugly primary ad attack campaign in the modern times .
He now has the worst approval rating of any major candidate in history .
We are screwed by the daddy of Obamacare .


5 posted on 03/28/2012 5:16:37 AM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: zeebee

He could put Sarah Palin, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan on as VP, and with him as President, I’d vote against it for a 3rd party candidate.

Romney is a liberal.


6 posted on 03/28/2012 5:18:29 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: xzins

I did not see any comments here on FR about Romney on Leno last night.
........................................................
Probably because most of us did not care or didn’t bother to watch it.

Leno is a POS interviewing another POS.


7 posted on 03/28/2012 5:24:13 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: zeebee

(Probably opening a can of worms here), but what are the Romneybots’ argument for Romney as a candidate? Other than being “electable.” How can they justify his words versus his record? In my locale, I don’t encounter ANY pro-Romney people. Ever. It’s either Newt, mostly Santorum, or the occasional Paulite.


8 posted on 03/28/2012 5:24:50 AM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: Venturer

You sent that to the wrong poster.


9 posted on 03/28/2012 5:25:49 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: zeebee

I did not see this appearance, because I am asleep by the time the night programs are in full swing — and up early in the morning, like any other honest hominid.

So, I must go by the one quotation given here. It is the simple truth. If you can buy insurance once the damage has happened, it is not insurance, but a racket.

Take the hurricane flooding we had this summer in NJ: I called my insurance company, who verified that, yes, I had no coverage. So, I asked the agent, that as my basement is flooded with lots of damage, I have now a “pre-existing condition,” so can I now buy insurance to cover it? Being a dull sort of fellow, the agent did not even get the joke.

But advocates for 0bamacare exult that someone can wait until they get cancer, and then apply for insurance. They think that this is great, because they look for others to pay their way. Most of the advocates of these government programs like the idea that government will be their parent, and they actually want it so badly, that they believe it. Women, especially — the result of thousands of generations of searching for a male provider — easily fall for this approach. They think that 0bama will be their daddy.

Romney is not falling for this. Give him credit: he know what insurance is.

He probably also knows that demands for affordable this-and-that are phony. Here in NJ we actually had a judge rule that the state, and every town in it, must make provision for “affordable housing.” Housing is only “affordable” relative to how much money you have to spend on it. The judge was as stupid as the guy I once saw carrying a sign demanding “free housing for all.” All economic goods must be created (paid for) by someone. It is the same with health care. It is never free, and it is only affordable, depending.

From a constitutional standpoint, the central government has no legitimate part in healthcare. The states may, if they so choose. I would like to see a state go full-bore for socialism, so that the rest of us can watch. If it is NJ (which is getting close), its residents can at least leave. True socialism soon must fence in its citizens, to keep them from getting away.

This is why the socialists here want the whole country to go their way, so that there is little convenient way to escape.

Latest on the Supreme Court: I predict a 5-4 decision, with odds slightly slightly running against 0bamacare.


10 posted on 03/28/2012 5:56:38 AM PDT by docbnj
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To: xzins

Sorry about that.


11 posted on 03/28/2012 5:57:26 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: zeebee

I rather Romney be retired.


12 posted on 03/28/2012 6:01:24 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: zeebee

No kidding! /lead-weighted sarcasm


13 posted on 03/28/2012 6:21:20 AM PDT by madison10
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To: docbnj

Romney was correct to point out that by shifting ownership of health insurance policies from the employer to the individual, we would resolve much of the problem of pre-existing conditions. It was also good that he was uncomfortable with the idea that people could game the system, not having insurance when they’re young and in good health, and then expect somebody else to subsidize their premium when they develop conditions. Obamacare addresses this problem with its individual mandate.

The RomneyCare approach in Massachusetts differs from Obamacare in three important ways: in mandating a no-frills insurance policy, which is cheaper to begin with; providing taxpayer-financed subsidies to low-income families so everyone should be able to afford it; and, penalizing those who don’t buy health insurance by reducing the personal exemption on the state income tax (at most, a penalty of $219). So, the policy is more affordable to begin with, it relies on taxpayer-financed subsidies, not on cross-subsidies, so it doesn’t balloon premiums for middle- and higher-income people, and the penalty is rather mild.

While that’s RomneyCare in Massachusetts, we should be able to do a lot better in states that aren’t dominated by Democrats. Most importantly, we can allow people to buy (merely) catastrophic health insurance policies, at very low premiums, and pay out-of-pocket for ordinary health care expenses.

The real problem here is distinguishing between health care being an entitlement and therefore free to the moochers and leeches of society versus how do we provide some help for those at the margin between welfare dependency and independence? The entitlement approach will not only bankrupt the country financially, it will undermine the ethical basis of self-repsonsibility needed for a society to be free and prosperous.


14 posted on 03/28/2012 6:38:17 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: Redmen4ever
Romney and his Team (you tu?) bring death.

ROMNEY FLED MASSACHUSETTS after imposing his ROMNEYCARE !!!!

THE REAL DEAL:


Emergency room visits grow in Mass. New insurance law did not reduce number of users
The number of people visiting hospital emergency rooms has climbed in Massachusetts,
despite the enactment of nearly universal health insurance that some hoped would reduce expensive emergency department use."


Back to the ObamaCare Future (price controls in Massachusetts)
Natural experiments are rare in politics, but few are as instructive as the prototype for
ObamaCare that Massachusetts set in motion in 2006.
Last month, Democratic Governor Deval Patrick landed a neutron bomb, proposing hard
price controls across almost all Massachusetts health care. State regulators already have
the power to cap insurance premiums, which Mr. Patrick is activating. He also filed a bill
that would give state regulators the power to review the rates of hospitals, physician
groups and some specialty providers.

It doesn't even count as an irony that former Governor Mitt Romney (like President Obama) sold this plan as a way to control spending"


"The Huge Middle Class Tax Increase Coming Our Way With ObamaCare
The former CBO director, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, warns today on the effect ObamaCare
will have on our economy and health care. These facts should be painfully obvious to
those with even one iota of common sense. This bill will lead to a huge middle class tax increase:
Remember when health-care reform was supposed to make life better for the middle
class? That dream began to unravel this past summer when Congress proposed a bill that
failed to include any competition-based reforms that would actually bend the curve of
health-care costs. It fell apart completely when Democrats began papering over the
gaping holes their plan would rip in the federal budget.

As it now stands, the plan proposed by Democrats and the Obama administration would
not only fail to reduce the cost burden on middle-class families, it would make that burden significantly worse.

The bill creates a new health entitlement program that the Congressional Budget Office
(CBO) estimates will grow over the longer term at a rate of 8% annually, which is much
faster than the growth rate of the economy or tax revenues. This is the same growth rate
as the House bill that Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) deep-sixed by asking the CBO to tell
the truth about its impact on health-care costs.

To avoid the fate of the House bill and achieve a veneer of fiscal sensibility, the Senate
did three things: It omitted inconvenient truths, it promised that future Congresses will
make tough choices to slow entitlement spending, and it dropped the hammer on the middle class.

One inconvenient truth is the fact that Congress will not allow doctors to suffer a 24% cut in their Medicare reimbursements. "


"DEATH PANELS OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN MASSACHUSETTS
In August Sarah Palin wrote extensively about the incredible danger that ObamaCare
would lead to what amounts to "death panels." This of course caused great controversy
with many claiming Palin was either "crazy" or talking about the "end of life"
discussions that were provided for within House Resolution 3200, the prototype
ObamaCare bill.
As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan
that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is
dropping, and we're saying not just no, but hell no!

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of
health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care
will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the
most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The
America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down
Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can
decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether
they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil. .
Now we have news from Massachusetts, the home of RomneyCare, which should be
looked at as a shining example of why ObamaCare will be an epic failure. Soaring costs
both to the taxpayers and patients was inevitable, and now the effects of these are coming home to roost.
You can't reap these savings without limiting patients' choices in some way,"


"You can't reap these savings without limiting patients' choices in some way," said Paul Levy, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess.

The state's ambitious plan to shake up how providers are paid could have a hidden price
for patients: Controlling Massachusetts' soaring medical costs, many health care leaders
believe, may require residents to give up their nearly unlimited freedom to go to any
hospital and specialist they want.

Efforts to keep patients in a defined provider network, or direct them to lower-cost
hospitals could be unpopular, especially in a state where more than 40 percent of hospital
care is provided in expensive academic medical centers and where many insurance
policies allow patients access to large numbers of providers. ."


"State plan may place limits on patients' hospital options( Mass. RomneyCare )"


"Paying the Health Tax in Massachusetts [Romneycare]
My husband retired from IBM about a decade ago, and as we aren't old enough for
Medicare we still buy our health insurance through the company. But IBM, with its
typical courtesy, informed us recently that we will be fined by the state.
Why? Because Massachusetts requires every resident to have health insurance, and this
year, without informing us directly, the state had changed the rules in a way that made
our bare-bones policy no longer acceptable. Unless we ponied up for a pricier policy we
neither need nor want-or enrolled in a government-sponsored insurance plan-we
would have to pay $1,000 each year to the state.
My husband's response was muted; I was shaking mad. We hadn't imposed our health-
care costs on anyone else, yet we were being fined ("taxed" was the word the letter used).

We've spent much of our lives putting away what money we could for retirement. We
always intended to be self-sufficient. We've paid off the mortgage on our home, don't
carry credit-card debt, and have savings in case of an emergency. We also have a regular
monthly income of about $3,000, which includes an IBM pension. My husband, 61, earns
a little money on the side, sometimes working as an electronics consultant on renewable
energy projects. I'm 58 and make some money writing science books. We are not
wealthy, but we aren't a risk of becoming a burden on society either. How did we become outlaws? "


"National Health Preview - The Massachusetts debacle, coming soon to your neighborhood."
"Three years ago, the former Massachusetts Governor had the inadvertent good sense to create the "universal" health-care program that the White House and Congress now want to inflict on the entire country.
It is proving to be instructive, as Mr. Romney's foresight previews what President Obama, Max Baucus, Ted Kennedy and Pete Stark are cooking up for everyone else.
In Massachusetts's latest crisis, Governor Deval Patrick and his Democratic colleagues are starting to move down the path that government health plans always follow when spending collides with reality -- i.e., price controls.
As costs continue to rise, the inevitable results are coverage restrictions and waiting periods. It was only a matter of time.

They're trying to manage the huge costs of the subsidized middle-class insurance program that is gradually swallowing the state budget.
The program provides low- or no-cost coverage to about 165,000 residents, or three-fifths of the newly insured, and is budgeted at $880 million for 2010, a 7.3% single-year increase that is likely to be optimistic.
The state's overall costs on health programs have increased by 42% (!) since 2006.

What really whipped along RomneyCare were claims that health care would be less expensive if everyone were covered.
But reducing costs while increasing access are irreconcilable issues.
Mr. Romney should have known better before signing on to this not-so-grand experiment, especially since the state's "free market" reforms that he boasts about have proven to be irrelevant when not fictional.
Only 21,000 people have used the "connector" that was supposed to link individuals to private insurers."


A Very Sick Health Plan; Bay State's 'Grand Experiment' Fails [RomneyCare]
"The Daily News Record, Harrisonburg, Va. - 2009-03-31 "
"For folks increasingly leery of President Obama's plan to radically overhaul America's health-care system,
or 17 percent of the nation's economy, all this could hardly have come at a better time -
that is, fiscal troubles aplenty within Repubican Mitt Romney's brainchild, Massachusetts' "grand experiment" in "universal" health care."

"Initiated on Mr. Romney's gubernatorial watch in 2006, this "experiment" has fallen on hard times, and predictably so.
Even though the Bay State commenced its program with a far smaller percentage of uninsured residents than exists nationwide,
"RomneyCare" is threatening to bankrupt the state. Budgeted for Fiscal Year 2010 at $880 million,
or 7.3 percent more than a year ago, this plan, aimed at providing low- or no-cost health coverage to roughly 165,000 residents,
has caused Massachusetts' overall expenditures on all health-related programs to jump an astounding 42 percent since 2006.

So what does Mr. Romney's successor, Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, propose as a remedy for these skyrocketing costs?
Well, whaddya think? The standard litany of prescriptions (no pun intended) - price controls and spending caps, for a start, and then, again predictably, waiting periods and limitations on coverage.
As in Europe and Canada, so too in Massachusetts. And, we feel certain, everyone from Mr. Romney to Mr. Patrick said, "It would never happen here."
But then, such things are inevitable when best-laid plans, with all their monstrous costs, run smack-dab into fiscal reality.


Health care in Massachusetts: a warning for America [Romney brings Mass. to its knees]
The Bay State's mandatory insurance law is raising costs, limiting access, and lowering care.

Sedalia, Colo. - In his recent speech to Congress, President Obama could have promoted
healthcare reforms that tapped the power of a truly free market to lower costs and
improve access. Instead, he chose to offer a national version of the failing
"Massachusetts plan" based on mandatory health insurance. This is a recipe for disaster.

Three years ago, Massachusetts adopted a plan requiring all residents to purchase health
insurance, with state subsidies for lower-income residents. But rather than creating a
utopia of high-quality affordable healthcare, the result has been the exact opposite -
skyrocketing costs, worsened access, and lower quality care.

Under any system of mandatory insurance, the government must necessarily define what
constitutes acceptable insurance. In Massachusetts, this has created a giant magnet for
special interest groups seeking to have their own pet benefits included in the required
package. Massachusetts residents are thus forced to purchase benefits they may neither
need nor want, such as in vitro fertilization, chiropractor services, and autism treatment -
raising insurance costs for everyone to reward a few with sufficient political "pull."

Although similar problems exist in other states, Massachusetts' system of mandatory
insurance delivers the entire state population to the special interests. ."


"'Severe' doc shortage seen hiking wait time The Boston Herald ^ | 9/15/09 | Christine McConville As the state's shortage of primary care doctors grows, people are waiting longer for medical care, according to a new survey by the Massachusetts Medical Society. "The shortage is getting more severe," said Dr. Mario Motta, the medical society's president. The state's health care dilemma can serve as a valuable lesson for a nation whose residents are locked in a frenzied debate about health care reform, he added."


"Health costs to rise again.( RomneyCare )
The state's major health insurers plan to raise premiums by about 10 percent next year,
prompting many employers to reduce benefits and shift additional costs to workers.
The higher insurance costs undermine a key tenet of the state's landmark health care law
passed two years ago, as well as President Obama's effort to overhaul health care. In
addition to mandating insurance for most residents, the Massachusetts bill sought to rein
in health care costs. With Washington looking to the Massachusetts experience, fears
about higher costs have become a stumbling block to passing a national health care bill."


"Nation's ill-advised to follow Mass. plan [Health plan a failure]
September 17, 2009 The canary is dead.
Massachusetts, the model for the ObamaCare universal insurance plan, is the canary in
the health care coal mine. Yesterday, its obit appeared on the front page of both The Wall
Street Journal and The Boston Globe-Democrat.

Both papers reported that our Commonwealth Care reform isn't working as planned. A
new law that was supposed to control costs and drive prices down (sound familiar?) has
instead sent costs soaring. "



"Bay State Insurance Premiums Highest in Country - Boston Globe August 22, 2009
Massachusetts has the most expensive family health insurance premiums in the country,
according to a new analysis that highlights the state's challenge in trying to rein in medical costs
after passage of a landmark 2006 law that mandated coverage for nearly everyone...
The report by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit health care foundation,
showed that the average family premium for plans offered by employers in Massachusetts was $13,788 in 2008,
40 percent higher than in 2003. Over the same period, premiums nationwide rose an average of 33 percent..."


"Massachusetts: the laboratory for ObamaCare
Cato Institute looks a little farther down the coast to Massachusetts, where the state began its own health-care reform complete
with individual mandates and a government plan.
Cato calls it an "almost perfect" mirror of ObamaCare, complete with promises of reducing cost and extending care - that failed in both respects:
Massachusetts shows that such a mandate would oust millions from their low-cost health plans and force them to pay higher premiums. …


"Massachusetts' Obama-like reforms increase health costs, wait times [RomneyCare]
"If you are curious about how President Barack Obama's health plan would affect your health care, look no farther than Massachusetts.
In 2006, the Bay State enacted a slate of reforms that almost perfectly mirror the plan of Obama and congressional Democrats.
.... Premiums are growing 21 to 46 percent faster than the national average
in part because Massachusetts' individual mandate has effectively outlawed affordable health plans.
"


"Mass. Pushes Rationing to Control Universal Healthcare Costs (RomneyCare)
A 10-member Massachusetts state healthcare advisory board unanimously recommended
that the state begin rationing healthcare to keep the state's marquee universal health care program afloat financially.

The July 16 recommendations, the Boston Globe explained, would result in a situation where "patients could find it harder to get procedures they want but are of questionable benefit if doctors are operating within a budget.
And they might find it more difficult to get care wherever they want, if primary doctors push to keep patients within their accountable care organization."
The Globe stressed that the recommendations would "dramatically change how doctors and hospitals are paid, essentially putting providers on a budget as a way to control exploding healthcare costs and improve the quality of care."
"Budget" is a more politically acceptable word for rationing.
The Globe also noted that "consumer advocates said patients are going to have to be educated about the new system." Yes, apparently they will have to get used to having their healthcare rationed.


"Massachusetts Universal Healthcare System Breaking Down Already
When Governor Mitt Romney instituted a universal healthcare plan for Massachusetts in 2006 he proclaimed it a conservative idea.
But has it worked? Has it been successful?
For a time, many thought it might but cracks in the system are already being seen.
These cracks are instructive as a lesson on how Obamacare will crash and burn just like Romneycare is now in the process of doing.

One of the early claims that helped push Romneycare through to law was the insistence by its supporters that Emergency Room visits would fall as more and more citizens became covered under healthcare insurance.
Since ER care is far more expensive than a doctor's care, it was thought that more people with insurance would ease the overcrowding of ERs as well as lower the overall costs of healthcare.
However, a flaw in this logic has been seen throughout the state. As more people became insured, more people demanded the care of doctors. These doctors became overloaded with patients and waiting lists for doctors got longer and longer.
As a result, ERs in Massachusetts have not seen a downturn in visits. On the contrary, it seems that ER visits are actually on the upswing in the Bay State. In fact, in 2007 they were higher than the national average by 20 percent...


"National Health Preview - The Massachusetts debacle, coming soon to your neighborhood."
"Three years ago, the former Massachusetts Governor had the inadvertent good sense to create the "universal" health-care program that the White House and Congress now want to inflict on the entire country.
It is proving to be instructive, as Mr. Romney's foresight previews what President Obama, Max Baucus, Ted Kennedy and Pete Stark are cooking up for everyone else.
In Massachusetts's latest crisis, Governor Deval Patrick and his Democratic colleagues are starting to move down the path that government health plans always follow when spending collides with reality -- i.e., price controls.
As costs continue to rise, the inevitable results are coverage restrictions and waiting periods. It was only a matter of time.

They're trying to manage the huge costs of the subsidized middle-class insurance program that is gradually swallowing the state budget.
The program provides low- or no-cost coverage to about 165,000 residents, or three-fifths of the newly insured, and is budgeted at $880 million for 2010, a 7.3% single-year increase that is likely to be optimistic.
The state's overall costs on health programs have increased by 42% (!) since 2006.

0What really whipped along RomneyCare were claims that health care would be less expensive if everyone were covered.
But reducing costs while increasing access are irreconcilable issues.
Mr. Romney should have known better before signing on to this not-so-grand experiment, especially since the state's "free market" reforms that he boasts about have proven to be irrelevant when not fictional.
Only 21,000 people have used the "connector" that was supposed to link individuals to private insurers."


A Very Sick Health Plan; Bay State's 'Grand Experiment' Fails [RomneyCare]
"The Daily News Record, Harrisonburg, Va. - 2009-03-31 "
"For folks increasingly leery of President Obama's plan to radically overhaul America's health-care system,
or 17 percent of the nation's economy, all this could hardly have come at a better time -
that is, fiscal troubles aplenty within Repubican Mitt Romney's brainchild, Massachusetts' "grand experiment" in "universal" health care."

"Initiated on Mr. Romney's gubernatorial watch in 2006, this "experiment" has fallen on hard times, and predictably so.
Even though the Bay State commenced its program with a far smaller percentage of uninsured residents than exists nationwide,
"RomneyCare" is threatening to bankrupt the state. Budgeted for Fiscal Year 2010 at $880 million,
or 7.3 percent more than a year ago, this plan, aimed at providing low- or no-cost health coverage to roughly 165,000 residents,
has caused Massachusetts' overall expenditures on all health-related programs to jump an astounding 42 percent since 2006.

So what does Mr. Romney's successor, Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, propose as a remedy for these skyrocketing costs?
Well, whaddya think? The standard litany of prescriptions (no pun intended) - price controls and spending caps, for a start, and then, again predictably, waiting periods and limitations on coverage.
As in Europe and Canada, so too in Massachusetts. And, we feel certain, everyone from Mr. Romney to Mr. Patrick said, "It would never happen here."
But then, such things are inevitable when best-laid plans, with all their monstrous costs, run smack-dab into fiscal reality.

15 posted on 03/28/2012 7:08:56 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Diogenesis

16 posted on 03/28/2012 7:54:43 AM PDT by Mozilla (Defeat Romney first then defeat Obama)
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To: Redmen4ever
Most importantly, we can allow people to buy (merely) catastrophic health insurance policies, at very low premiums, and pay out-of-pocket for ordinary health care...

The two big (and very real, based on current experience) problems with that approach:

1) Many of the uninsured will avoid preventative care (including medications), and will end up with chronic conditions...

2) ... that being uninsured, they will end up having treated in high-cost settings such as emergence rooms.

Which, as you note, the rest of us end up (cross) subsidizing.

17 posted on 03/28/2012 8:34:43 AM PDT by M. Dodge Thomas (million)
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To: M. Dodge Thomas

The first problem (preventative care) - I agree. But, insofar as some preventative care is a no-brainer, I would think that in a free society, do-gooders would try to communicate the no-brainer preventative care to less informed people, on a voluntary basis. While extreme libertarians might be o.k. with dog-eat-dog, law of the jungle stuff, true conservatives like do-gooders and see voluntary charity as the solution to many tough problem. Socialists, on the other hand, have no problem with invoking the power of the state.

I should mention a kind of half way measure: the government might require a medical savings account in conjunction with a catastrophic health insurance policy. This way the out-of-pocket issue would be taken off the table.

The second problem is not a social problem. It’s an individual problem. If people have catastrophic health insurance, they will pay through the nose for the deductible part of extraordinary expenses that could have easily be avoided with preventative care (or better lifestyle choices, or whatever). But, isn’t that the problem with self-responsibility? People are not protected from the consequences of their decisions.

If insurance policies are owned by individuals, low-deductible HMO-type plans, high deductible catastrophic plans, and traditional cost-sharing Blue Cross-Blue Shield-type (or traditional Medicare-type) plans would probably all be out there.


18 posted on 03/28/2012 9:39:33 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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