Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mass Govt Healthcare: costs up, rationing on deck

The "reform" in Massachusetts is causing PRECISELY what was predicted by critics. Costs have skyrocketed and now the ONLY option left to legislators is to scrap the whole thing? Nope, unfortunately that won't happen.

Politicians NEVER admit mistakes, never. They will institute rationing and what little quality of care that remains will be gone.

Among those who have trouble seeing the benefits of what Massachusetts did are 62-year-old Joan Young and her husband, David, who live in a suburb west of Boston. They pay more than $1,100 monthly for insurance, plus a $1,000 deductible each before coverage kicks in.

Their insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, like the others in the state, says it expects to raise the price of premiums by 10% next year.

"It's not helping people like us," Young says. "They forget about the middle class."

Because she has serious medical issues, the Youngs encountered another problem as well:

Massachusetts, like Congress and President Obama, shied away from anything that might interfere with the relationship between consumers and their existing healthcare insurance. That left the Youngs free to choose the coverage they wanted. But it also left them responsible for thousands of dollars in medical expenses not covered by their plan.

Now that these and other problems have surfaced, the Legislature is going back and trying again, this time fashioning policies to govern insurers' profits and doctors' pay -- entering a second phase of healthcare reform that many analysts think also lies ahead at the national level.