The Massachusetts Health Care Plan

So does this give Mitt Romney something to run on for President? A sort of Great Society annex comparable to Bush’s NCLB and Medicare D?

Maybe, but critics right and left have their heads too far up the anus of their various think tanks to really conquer this issue. America is not ready for single payer, except for maybe the 15% or so without coverage. On the right, empty shrieks of communism ignore the fact that people are genuinely concerned about the issue.

People are used to paying for home owners insurance, assessments on their property, and auto insurance. Some really adamant libertarians probably complain, but, you see, they’ll never get anywhere because people already have this in their expectations.

The real power of the fears people cite of foreign health care plans is not in the long waits for a hip replacement or anything like that. Liberals dismiss this saying thsoe countries get better results for less money.

Yeah, sure. But it will require a major change in people’s lives. I know that’s a lame reason, but it’s true. It’s why there’s no real groundswell on this issue. That, and the fact that those oft-cited 45 million people are, frankly, either marginalized or apathetic.

That bottom 15% of the electorate probably doesn’t have much power, and is certainly not a taste-making class.

Incremental change, resisted at all by conservatives, and never enough for liberals, as with most things is the way to go. We should start with a Massachusetts like plan and go from there. At least it’s an improvement.

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  1. I totally agree with you that the Massachusetts plan is an improvement, and that we should start with it and go from there.That is precisely the strategy that I will soon be announcing in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where I serve as Democratic Caucus Chairman.I cannot know what the precise results will be, but I think they will be good. Twenty years ago, as Chairman of the House Labor Relations Committee, I introduced a comprehensive health care reform plan developed by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, which ultimately yielded to the creation of a Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, which compared costs and outcomes for medical procedures by many different medical providers, and therefore guided both medical providers and consumers.We might wind up with just more incremental reforms this time, or we might wind up with something bigger. Regardness, we should be grateful that we know have a new place to start.


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