He Committed Mass Healthcare

Here's the Taranto line of the day, but first, a little background music…

The Boston Globe reports on the unintended consequences of requiring insurance companies to sell policies to people with pre-existing conditions:

Thousands of consumers are gaming Massachusetts' 2006 health insurance law by buying insurance when they need to cover pricey medical care… then swiftly dropping coverage, a practice that insurance executives say is driving up costs for other people and small businesses.

In 2009 alone, 936 people signed up for coverage with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts for three months or less and ran up claims of more than $1,000 per month while in the plan… more than four times the average for consumers who buy coverage on their own and retain it in a normal fashion…

The typical monthly premium for these short-term members was $400, but their average claims exceeded $2,200 per month…

Other insurers… said they have witnessed a similar pattern. And, they said, the phenomenon is likely to be repeated on a grander scale when the new national health care law begins… (there are) regulations to avoid the pitfall.

And federal regulators are great at avoiding pitfalls!

Ironically, the Massachusetts medical misadventure may be a problem for…  Mitt Romney, in many ways an attractive candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, (who) led the Bay State "reform" effort and to this day refuses to admit he made a mistake.

In Romney's defense, he did a lot less damage as governor of a single state than Barack Obama did as president of 50. But try putting that on a bumper sticker.

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4 Responses to He Committed Mass Healthcare

  1. Waterbaby says:

    How 'bout: Romney's Reform: Bad. Obama's: The Devil's Work ?

  2. TedWest says:

    When Romney was pushing his reform, the usual suspects among conservatives were furious about his attempt at socialized medicine. While I certainly shared their concern, I supported Romney because he was doing exactly what America is set up to do – use an individual States as testing grounds. And considering the condition of health care even then, I felt we should encourage different ideas. I doubted he'd succeed, but what the heck, it was Massachusetts already!
    So failure is no disgrace in my opinion, and Romney shouldn't have to admit failure even now. However, he does have to admit that the patient is on life support, and since he can't face that proposition, he's bad for America.

  3. “The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.” –Frederic Bastiat [19th Century French Politician]

  4. TedWest says:

    It's anything but ficticious. I believe he was looking for "conceptual," but the French don't have a word for that.

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