Its daddy may have abandoned his child and repudiated all paternal responsibility, yet RomneyCare lives.
“Here in Massachusetts for the last six years using a model just like national health care reform, the Affordable Care Act, we have reached 99.8 percent of children, over 98 percent of our overall population with insurance. We are healthier by any number of measures, the cost of health care has come down on a per capita basis, it has not busted the budget. There are more businesses offering insurance to their employees today than before health insurance went into effect, so all the list of horrors that Gov. Romney talked about, that the congressional Republicans have talked about were not actually reality here in Massachusetts where we have tried that.”
– Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
Some additional facts and figures:
– As Patrick indicated above, less than 2 percent of Massachusetts residents lack health insurance. Nationally, the average is roughly 16 percent uninsured.
– Since the inception of the program in 2006, the average annual rate of increase in the rate per covered person has been held to less than 2 percent.
– According to a report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, “additional state spending attributable to the health reform law accounted for only 1.4 percent of the Commonwealth’s $32 billion budget in fiscal 2011.”
– In 2010, the most recent data available, 44,000 people paid the penalty for not having coverage.
– The MTF reports that “77 percent of Massachusetts employers with three or more employees offered health
insurance coverage to their employees in 2010, up seven percentage points since 2005. This compares with 69 percent of employers offering health coverage to their workers nationwide.”
– “… in the latest round of proposed premiums for the merged health insurance market for small businesses and non-group individuals, health plans sought average increases of just 2 to 3 percent, compared with increases of 15 to 20 percent two years ago. Although the trend of slower premium growth is currently a nationwide phenomenon and may be, in part, a function of the economic recession, Massachusetts is experiencing a notably slower rate of growth than the national average.” — MTF
– ” … recent data show that family premiums for private, employer-sponsored coverage in Massachusetts fell by an average of nearly 1 percent from 2009 to 2010, while the country as a whole saw a 6 percent increase. As a result, the state’s ranking for family premiums fell from the highest in the country in 2009 to ninth place in 2010. Similarly, individual premiums for Massachusetts workers rose by just 2.8 percent in 2010 versus 5.8 percent for the nation as a whole.” — MTF
– Jay Bookman