NYT reported Massachusetts is poised to become the first state to provide nearly universal health care coverage after the state legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill today that Gov. Mitt Romney says he will sign.
They do it by saying everyone has to get health insurance.The bill does what health experts say no other state has yet been able to do: provide a mechanism for all of its citizens to obtain health insurance. It accomplishes that in a way that experts say combines several different methods and proposals from across the political spectrum, apportioning the cost among businesses, individuals and the government.
So the government decides how individuals and businesses must spend their money."This is probably about as close as you can get to universal," said Paul Ginsburg, an economist who is president of the nonpartisan Center for Studying Health System Change in Washington. "It's definitely going to be inspiring to other states about how there was this compromise. They found a way to get to a major expansion of coverage that people could agree on. For a conservative Republican, this is individual responsibility. For a Democrat, this is government helping those that need help."
The bill, which resulted after months of wrangling between legislators and the governor, requires all Massachusetts residents to obtain health coverage by July 1, 2007.
I know how we can save NASA a lot of money. Let's just pass a law requiring everyone to be able to fly in space.Individuals who can afford private insurance will be penalized on their state income taxes if they do not buy it.
And it will be the government that decides whether you can afford it or not.Government subsidies to private insurance plans will enable more of the working poor to be able to afford insurance and will expand the number of children who are eligible for free coverage.
More free health care for Democratic voters, and force the Republicans to buy it themselves.And businesses with more than 10 workers that do not provide insurance will be assessed a fee of up to $295 per employee per year.
It does not matter whether they can afford to buy health care for their employees or not. I bet we find a lot of small businesses with 10 to 20 part time workers firing half their staff and having nine employees working overtime.