The health care debate continues to monopolize Capitol Hill and many would have you believe that the health care reform passed in Massachusetts under former Governor Mitt Romney is identical to what President Barack Obama is proposing. The fact of the matter is – this assertion is simply false.
As you may know, 98% of Massachusetts’ population is currently insured. This was accomplished through a plan that did not include new taxes, no mandates and certainly no public option. One thing the Romney bill had that President Obama’s does not is bipartisanship. When health care reform passed here in Massachusetts, the plan was within budget projections. However, since Deval Patrick was elected, he has mandated expanded benefits and exempted some groups of people from paying anything at all!
Click here to read an interesting piece from Politico about the comparison by Cesar Conda.