mr. mittens (akmed) wrote,
mr. mittens

repeal the individual mandate in romenycare in massachusetts

"An Initiative Petition to Repeal the Individual Mandate in the Act Providing Access To Affordable, Quality Health Care

Pursuant to the provisions of Article forty-eight of the Amendments of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the undersigned qualified voters of the Commonwealth, being ten in number at least, petition for an initiative law to repeal the individual mandate, which requires residents of Massachusetts to obtain health care coverage or be subjected to a penalty or sanction for failure to do so.

Section 1. Notwithstanding any provisions of any general or specific law to the contrary, M.G.L. 111M, “Individual Health Coverage,” will be stricken in its entirety, so that no individual shall be required to purchase health insurance or be subjected to any penalty or sanction for declining to do so.

Section 2. Notwithstanding any general or specific law to the contrary, Chapter 58, 830 CRM 111M.2.1 will be stricken in its entirety.

Section 3. The effective date of this act is January 1, 2013."

"Report: ‘Romneycare’ a jobs killer:Study finds Bay State lost thousands of jobs

The Beacon Hill Institute study found that, on average, Romneycare:

•    cost the Bay State 18,313 jobs;

•    drove up total health insurance costs in Massachusetts by $4.311 billion;

•    slowed the growth of disposable income per person by $376; and

•    reduced investment in Massachusetts by $25.06 million."

"Perhaps the most publicized aspect of the Massachusetts reform is its mandate that every resident have health insurance, whether provided by an employer or the government or purchased individually. 'I like mandates,' Romney said during a debate in New Hampshire. 'The mandate works.' But did it?

Such a mandate was, of course, a significant infringement on individual choice and liberty...It was also a failure.

The subsidies may have increased the number of Massachusetts citizens with insurance, but as many as 400,000 Massachusetts residents by some estimates have failed to buy the required insurance. That includes the overwhelming majority of those with incomes too high to qualify for state subsidies. Fewer than 30,000 unsubsidized residents have signed up as a result of the mandate. And that is on top of the 60,000 of the state’s uninsured who were exempted from the mandate because buying insurance would be too much of a financial burden.

The Massachusetts plan might not have achieved universal coverage, but it has cost taxpayers a great deal of money. Originally, the plan was projected to cost $1.8 billion this year. Now it is expected to exceed those estimates by $150 million. Over the next 10 years, projections suggest that Romney- Care will cost about $2 billion more than was budgeted. And the cost to Massachusetts taxpayers could be even higher because new federal rules could deprive the state of $100 million per year in Medicaid money that the state planned to use to help finance the program.

Moreover, the cost of the plan is also likely to continue rising, because the Massachusetts reform has failed to hold down the cost of health care. When Romney signed his plan he claimed 'a key objective is to lower the cost of health insurance for all our citizens and allow our citizens to buy the insurance plan that fits their needs.' In actuality, insurance premiums in the state are expected to rise 10–12 percent next year, double the national average.

Although there are undoubtedly many factors behind the cost increase, one reason is that the new bureaucracy that the legislation created-the 'Connector'-has not been allowing Massachusetts citizens to buy insurance that 'fits their needs.'

Thus, it appears that the Connector offers quite a bit of pain for relatively little gain. Although the ability to use pretax dollars to purchase personal and portable insurance should be appealing in theory, only about 7,500 nonsubsidized workers have purchased insurance through the Connector so far. On the other hand, rather than insurance that 'fits their needs,' Massachusetts residents find themselves forced to buy expensive 'Cadillac' policies that offer many benefits that they may not want.'

Lessons from the Fall of RomneyCare By Michael Tanner

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