The Massachusetts health care insurance reform law (aka “RomneyCare”) was thrust upon the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when $385 million in federal Medicaid funding by the federal government was abruptly cut off. New rules required that the funding would have to go directly to individuals, rather than institutions, as it had before. Healthcare reform was going to happen, whether Romney was Governor or not. Massachusetts was drowning in debt before Governor Romney took office.
The Massachusetts Health Care Law was based on Conservative Ideas to take the ‘burden‘ off of the tax payer and put Health Insurance back in the Private Market.
The plan was based on the Heritage Foundations ideals (which Newt Gingrich was a part of) and they praised it. Newt Gingrich defended it too: Here and Here.
If you are not familiar with the Heritage Foundation, they are a Conservative think tank and very highly regarded by the Republican base.
In 2006: The Heritage Foundation said this about RomneyCare - “…one that’s clearly consistent with conservative values.”
They also said this about RomneyCare: “Those who want to create a consumer-based health system and deregulate health insurance should view Romney’s plan as one of the most promising strategies out there.”
They further said this, “Innovative mechanism to promote real consumer choice.”
The plan was for Massachusetts State only. Governor Romney never intended it for anything else. As he has always maintained, it is a “States Issue” not a “Federal Issue” and he has maintained that to this day. Though Governor Romney does feel that if each State were to come out with a plan of there own they could help relieve themselves of the same issues Massachusetts had.
Granted, what Governor Romney wanted and how it ended up was different then his original vision. Governor Romney wanted health care to work more like a market. Quite a few things got changed from his vision, including “opt-out” of the mandates. But, that had everything to do with him being a Conservative Governor in a very Liberal state. His legislature was 85% democrat.
Even so, it worked: ‘RomneyCare’ — a revolution that basically worked – The Boston Globe
Health Insurance Premium Growth has slowed in Massachusetts because of RomneyCare and its innovative ideas, which originated from the Heritage Foundation.
As of this year, the Massachusetts voters are still in favor of it:
- 62% of those polled said they still support the 2006 law
- 33% of those polled said they now oppose the law
Finally, there is no one better to defend the Massachusetts Health Care Plan against ObamaCare than Governor Romney himself.
If everything I have said still doesn’t make sense, please watch “Romney Care for Dummies“. It really helps.
You can read this as well. It is exceptionally informative: The Truth about Massachusetts Health Care
| This article was cross posted from Mitt Chicks Rock |
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