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Lessons Learned on Health Care

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Hmmm. … Let’s connect the dots.

In 2006, Massachusetts passes massive health care legislation that forces every resident to purchase insurance and also creates public option plan.


Billion-dollar overruns.

Long waiting periods to see a specialist: “Long wait times in Boston may be driven in part by the healthcare reform initiative that was put in place in Massachusetts in 2006.”

A shortage of primary care physicians.

And very mixed results on access and quality of care.

Not to mention, massive tax increases for middle-class families.

In 2010, Massachusetts voters elect Scott Brown, who campaigned as the 41st Senate vote that would block ObamaCare.

RomneyCare = ObamaCare = (Tax Increases + Decline in Quality of Care) = Voter Anger

As for real reform, voters in Massachusetts did not so much vote for free-market heath care reform as against the status quo government-run system.

But given that we’ve tried government-run health care, and it’s failed, it’s time to try the free-market alternative.

This is a lesson many American families are beginning to learn. For more on that, see David Goldhill’s profound article in the Atlantic Monthly, “How American Health Care Killed My Father.”


Written by SC Policy Council

January 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

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