What part of “Go away, we don’t want Romneycare, either” don’t you understand?

Ugh.  Romney won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference because he paid more minions to go vote than Ron Paul did. 

Rush highlighted this Friday from the WSJ: The Massachusettss Insurance Blackout.  Bottom line up front:

This week it became impossible in Massachusetts for small businesses and individuals to buy health-care coverage after Governor Deval Patrick imposed price controls on premiums. Read on, because under ObamaCare this kind of political showdown will soon be coming to an insurance market near you.

The Massachusetts small-group market that serves about 800,000 residents shut down after Mr. Patrick kicked off his re-election campaign by presumptively rejecting about 90% of the premium increases the state’s insurers had asked regulators to approve. Health costs have run off the rails since former GOP Governor Mitt Romney and Beacon Hill passed universal coverage in 2006.

Rush reading and commenting:

“Let that one sink in: Mr. Patrick has made the health insurance business so painful the government actually has to order private companies to sell their products (albeit at sub-market costs).  One irony is that Mr. Patrick’s own Attorney General and his insurance regulators have concluded — to their apparent surprise — that the reason Massachusetts premiums are the highest in the nation is the underlying cost of health care, not the supposed industry abuses that Mr. Patrick and his political mentor President Obama like to cite.” And they’re actually acting surprised.  They’re stunned to learn that these costs going up are related to the price of health care.  They say they’re surprised.  See, their template, their narrative has been the insurance companies are evil, they’ve been demonizing, they’re raising prices without any regard for the consumer, raising prices without any regard for true market forces, they’re just greedy.  And now the attorney general and Deval Patrick all of a sudden learn, no, no, no, the cost of health care is just skyrocketing.  And you’ll hear why, this gets even better in just a moment.  

“On top of that, like ObamaCare, integral to the Massachusetts overhaul are mandates that require insurers to cover anyone who applies regardless of health status or pre-existing conditions and to charge everyone about the same rates. This allows people to wait until they’re about to incur major medical expenses,” such as getting sick or right after they have the car crash, before they buy insurance.  So they buy the insurance only when they need to, and then after the catastrophe has passed, they are selling, they’re getting out, they’re canceling the policies.  “This week Blue Cross Blue Shield reported a big uptick in short-term customers who ran up costs more than four times the average, only to drop the coverage within three months. Last July, Charlie Baker detailed similar gaming at Harvard Pilgrim, the health plan he used to run. Between April 2008 and March 2009, about 40% of its new enrollees stayed with it for fewer than five months and on average incurred costs about 600% higher than the company would have otherwise expected.” 

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2 Responses

  1. I just had to share that I read your posts quite often (I get them emailed to me vs. the website). I definitely appreciate what you write and for the same reasons!!! Please check out my blog as well.

    http://ynevar.wordpress.com

    I just posted something on “diversity” that is being promoted–I have to say that I just wanted to vomit. It wasn’t the message (be good to folk) it was the victim mentality that made me sick. The entitlement being encouraged in our country is disgusting….

    We don’t need any more “free” rides or Obamacare… We need a strong free market economy, I am preaching to the choir, but I know it helps me to have a receptive audience!

    Thanks!

    Marcy

  2. And this is what we have to look forward to. This sucks and I continue to pray for all the states who are fighting the good fight to prevail. It is unfair for those of us who have done the right thing and gave up income to pay for our health care coverage, to have to provide for those who were not willing to give up any income. I feel sorry for those who are truly in need, but they still should not expect anything for free. It is not free for us and should not be free for anyone.

    I have heard about those already calling insurance companies and asking when they are getting their “free” Obamacare. It makes me sick to hear that this is what is happening. Is it not enough that we already pay taxes for those on Welfare and have never paid a penny into the system. We are being taxed to death and it makes one wonder why anyone would want to continue to work so that those who do not work get everything for free.

    Yes, there are times that those in need should receive help but to make it a way of life should never be possible, and this is what everyone is tired of. And to have generation after generation use the workers of our country to provide for them is just too much to ask of us. Yes, we need change, we need to end the free ride for those who have never contributed to the tax system.

    Okay, I need to stop or I will just raise my blood pressure up to a level that my doctor will complain about. Relax, relax……..

    God bless.

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