Don't Nationalize Massachusetts' Health Care Mistakes!
Three years ago Massachusetts legislators passed health reforms aimed at universalizing coverage and reducing costs. As the national health care debate heats up, many of our legislators are turning to Massachusetts as a possible model for reform.
- In Massachusetts, health insurance premiums rose by 7.4% in 2007 and 8-12% in 2008.
- These cost increases outpaced national averages – 6.1% in 2007 and 4.7% in 2008.
- Massachusetts’ health care reforms were projected to cost $1.56 billion.
- Costs for 2009 may now be as high as $1.9 billion - $300 million above original projections.
- These costs lead to new taxes. Already, Deval Patrick has responded to deficits by increasing the state’s cigarette tax by $1 per pack.
- The number of people foregoing care because of difficulty finding a provider has increased from 3.5% to 4.8%.
- Among low-income individuals, the same figure increased even more,from 4.2% to 6.9%.
- Average waiting times for an appointment with an internist have increased from 33 to 52 days.
- Telephone surveys suggest that a minimum of 2.6% of the state’s residents are still uninsured – 167,300 people.
- But phone surveys may be unreliable because they undercount young professional and foreign-language residents, precisely the groups most likely to be uninsured. Other surveys of income tax filers suggest that as many as 5% may remain uninsured.
31 Flavors of New Tax Proposals for California
In last month’s special election,
That message apparently did not get through to the union thugs that control California Democrats. Despite already being one of the highest tax states in the country, AFSCME is proposing more new taxes, thirty-one new taxes to be specific. They claim they have found a whopping $44 billion in “missed revenue.” Note: missed revenue, translated from liberal speak, means higher taxes.
In response to this, Assemblyman Chuck Devore (R-Irvine), chairman of the Taxpayer Protection Caucus, has launched a great website in opposition to these tax increases. DeVore’s website, “31 Flavors of New Taxes for California,” highlights AFSCME’s tax hike wish list, which touches on everything from alcohol, to sales, to gas, and even online commerce.
Only 5 other states have a higher state and local tax burden than
Point of fact,
If high taxes were the answer, states like
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