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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.

Results:

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.”

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Written by SC Policy Council

January 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

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