This WSJ article describes what anyone with a lick of common sense could have predicted. Massachusetts’s "Romneycare" plan is already coming in wildly over budget, and government run "free" healthcare is simply unaffordable.
"One lesson here is that while pledging "universal" coverage is easy, the harder problem is paying for it. This year’s appropriation for Commonwealth Care was $472 million, but officials have asked for an add-on that will bring it to $625 million. For 2009, Governor Deval Patrick requested $869 million but has already conceded that even that huge figure is too low. Over the coming decade, the expected overruns float in as much as $4 billion over budget."
Never to be discouraged by actual fact and results, our two leading Democratic presidential contenders are clinging to their ideological faith of government being the solution to, well, everything.
"Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are both proposing versions of RomneyCare on a national scale, with similar promises that covering everyone under a government plan will reduce costs. Mr. Obama at least argues that more people would be covered were insurance more affordable. But his solution is Massachusetts on steroids – make insurance less expensive for policyholders by transferring the extra costs onto the government. Mrs. Clinton likes that but also wants the individual mandate, despite the mediocre results so far."
Voters in North Carolina should take note as our lawmakers move incrementally to shift more and more of our population onto government health care programs (i.e. Medicaid, NC Health Choice, Kids Care).