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MassCare best previews life under ObamaCare

And it isn’t a pretty picture. It also emphasizes how wrong many of the claims that have been made for ObamaCare are. For instance, remember the claim made that when everyone has insurance it will cut the use of the emergency room dramatically.

When the Bay State passed its health-reform law in 2006, 9 percent of non-elderly adults lacked insurance; that’s now down to 5 percent. The law didn’t reduce expensive emergency-room use as predicted. Instead, emergency-room visits have climbed by 9 percent, or about 3 million visits, from 2004 to 2008.

Or, how about the claim that it would significantly lower the cost of medical care – to the patient and the government:

Health care now consumes 35 percent of the state budget, up from 22 percent in 2000. Patrick recently asked Washington for $473 million to help make the Massachusetts reform work — on top of the $1.2 billion in support the feds have already kicked in over three years, more than $3,000 per person in the state.

And physicians? Why they’ll be competing for your business as government cuts payments to hospitals and doctors:

Reimbursements are already so low under the state-subsidized plans (most of whose 152,000 enrollees pay nothing) that doctors are already refusing to accept new patients with that "coverage."

Oh, and if you like your doctor and your plan, you can keep both – guaranteed:

Yet small businesses are clearly finding it necessary to dump their employees on the public health plans. The Boston Globe recently reported on a broker who helps firms do just that; his practice is booming. He’s seen about 90 business owners terminate their plans since April.

MassCare is almost identical to ObamaCare – many of the same people who authored it were instrumental in putting the federal monstrosity together.  Reviewing the above 4 items, I’d say they’re 0 for 4 in their promises.  The sad thing is we had this example at a state level there to study and as usual, the media wasn’t able to manage the comparison during the weeks of hype surrounding the bill before its passage.

This is you life on ObamaCare.  More money, fewer choices, less care.

That’s what happens when the gullible buy into the “something for nothing” political promises of a pack of charlatans and snake oil salesmen.

~McQ

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15 Responses to MassCare best previews life under ObamaCare

  • a)  “The Republicans implimented it wrong.”

    b)  “The Republicans [and Big Generic Medical Industry Here ____________] watered it down.”

    c)  “The Republicans are the Party of No.”

    d)  “The Republicans are corrupt.”

    e)  All of the above. 

    • “Look over there, George Bush!!”

      • George W. Bush – According the the Democrats,  the dumbest evil super genius of the last 10 generations.  If he’d been a fictional character, he’s so smart, and stupid, and evil, he’d have been the man controlling Holmes’s archenemy Professor Moriarty.

  • This is just ODS. Because everything I disagree with you about that can possibly be connected to Obama is ODS. I decree it.

    He’s a great president. He will go down in history as one of our greatest presidents. He will be enshrined on Mount Rushmore by this time next year. He has a christlike visage and sleek, not-too-muscular pecs, which makes him our best looking president ever. Yes, even better looking than Kennedy, and certainly better than the odious Reagan even if Reagas was a successful leading man actor first. I decree all of that, and if you disagree, you have ODS.

    He has a beautiful wife who does not either look like a smaller alien skull is about to pop out of her mouth when she opens it wide. He is intelligent and articulate, and I don’t mean that in a racist way, but in an adoring way that I feel compelled to come here and share with you dense righties at Qando, even though you don’t care in the slightest. Which is not some kind of weird obsession or narcissist need for attention or anything remotely like that, so stop saying that.

    Yes, I just swoon over that gentle smile of his, and those cute ears that stick out just enough, and I… Oops, sorry had to clean up a little mess in my lap that suddenly appeared out of nowhere.

    Plus I have proof positive that I’m right about all this, because you guys insult me. *chuckle* *giggle* Yep, I’ve got you exactly where I want you. You can either play by my rules by going back and forth with me a thousand times with me handwaving aside every argument you make using my advanced degrees and godlike powers of political science. Or you can insult me because you’re sick to death of hearing me be right. Either way, I win. And I have fun at the same time, and it’s not either mentally sick to have fun by irritating you. Because you’re just dense righties and all.

    Oh, I guess there is theoretically a third option you could use, where you ignore me. But you can’t do that, can you? See, you think I’m such an idiot, but I’m the one making you dance to my tune every time I come here. So, really, who’s the idiot in all this? I’m getting what I want out of it. Are you?

    • He has a beautiful wife who does not either look like a smaller alien skull is about to pop out of her mouth when she opens it wide.

      I think she looks like a female James Brown…which is not pretty…

  • “Health care now consumes 35 percent of the state budget, up from 22 percent in 2000. Patrick recently asked Washington for $473 million to help make the Massachusetts reform work — on top of the $1.2 billion in support the feds have already kicked in over three years, more than $3,000 per person in the state.”

    Why?  Why should the US government make Massachusetts laws work?   How did the rest of us get on the hook for the way Massachusetts handles it’s super cool wonderful forward thinking health insurance law (cough cough – Ted Kennedy – Barny Fwank – cough cough).

  • And, once again, this was not just predictable…but predicted.  If you know your ass from a cypress stump about economics…and the lies the Power Elite tell…you knew the outcome WAY back.

  • My Congressman is Ted Deutsch (he replaced Wexler, no less).  Deutsch held his one and only super secret Town Hall meeting in a gated retirement center.  When asked about Medicare, he repeated the mantra that the $500 billion, double counted, Medicare cuts would not only save Medicare, it would reduce the deficit.   I doubt anyone there could challenge his claims, so the attendees had no reason not to believe it.  But, if they had any idea the savings are based on severely underpaying their doctors, there would have been loud complaints.  Doctors will not work at a loss.  Underpayment means no doctor care.  That is why the Medicare savings are illusory.  They are as illusory as taking money from food stamps in 2014 to pay teacher’s salaries now.
    Is it just me or are politicians lying to our faces more than ever before?

  • MassCare is working so well that Patrick is attempting to require physicians participation in program in order to receive licenses.

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