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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Big Government Healthcare Example: Massachusetts

Three years ago, Massachusetts enacted perhaps the boldest state health care experiment in American history, bringing near-universal coverage to the commonwealth with Paul Revere speed.
Alan Sager, a professor of health policy at Boston University, has calculated that health spending per person in Massachusetts increased faster than the national average in seven of the last eight years. Furthermore, he said, the gap has grown exponentially, with Massachusetts now spending about a third more per person, up from 23 percent in 1980.

The state expects to spend $595 million more on its health insurance programs this year than in 2006, a 42 percent increase.

Those who do not enroll but are deemed able to afford insurance can be fined up to $1,068 in the 2009 tax year.

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