Here’s Gov. Patrick’s op-ed in today’s WSJ urging America to follow the Massachusetts example and join ObamaCare.
Opponents of reform claim that the Massachusetts experiment is too costly. They are wrong. State estimates and independent analysis from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation concur that health-care reform has only added moderate incremental costs to the state budget. As more of our residents have become insured, there has been a decrease in demand for costly emergency-room care. Even in the midst of the current economic downturn, our state budget was balanced.
That “moderate incremental cost,” according to the same Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation–and quoted in the same WSJ yesterday– works out like this:
In Massachusetts, rising health-care costs, already among the highest in the country, threaten the insurance mandate’s long-term viability. The state’s costs to expand coverage have swelled nearly 70% to an expected $1.75 billion in fiscal 2010 from a base of $1.04 billion in 2006, about half of which is supported by federal funds, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonprofit policy research group.
Gov. Patrick also overlooks the front-page story from yesterday’s Boston Globe-Democrat, reporting that premiums are surging, and will jump 8-12% this year–twice the national average.
As for our state’s budget being balanced, yes it is. It’s required by law. How did Gov. Patrick and the 90% Democrat legislature balance it? By raising taxes $1 billion, including a 25% increase in the sales tax.
And Gov. Patrick can’t wait for the rest of America to join us!