This Washington Times article should serve as warning to those in North Carolina’s General Assembly with designs on implementing any shade of "universal" or "mandatory" health insurance coverage.
"RomneyCare has done exceedingly little to correct American health care’s excess costs compared to other advanced economies. Its cost has surged above initial estimates and shows few signs of abating. Overall medical costs continue to skyrocket in ways that threaten competitiveness, social services, pensions and more. If relatively wealthy and medically advanced Massachusetts faces significant difficulties, how much worse will it be in less favorably positioned states?"
So, massive government intrusion into the health care marketplace doesn’t contain costs, and creates provider shortages and long wait times? That’s something us ‘market fundamentalists’ have been warning against for years – maybe someday politicians and liberals will accept this economic reality.
Similarly, a concept that the left intentionally tries to confuse the public with is equating access to health insurance with access to care. Evidence from Mass. tells us otherwise:
"It is nearly two years since then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed this experiment into law. Today, a greater number of state residents are now covered: About 340,000 of the 600,000 uninsured in 2007 are covered, which is a significant gain. But the dramatic rise in health care demand has not been met with a co-equal rise in supply of physicians. This has fueled a rise in costs, a resort to nurse practitioners and other non-M.D.s; it has made waits for appointments longer and resulted in other unwanted effects. The surge in demand has stretched the state’s corps of primary-care physicians. This in turn may be pushing more new doctors into specialty medicine. Routine preventive care is likely to remain elusive for most people.
As the New York Times reported this weekend, merely scheduling a physical can mean more than a year’s wait in some parts of Western Massachusetts. The primary-care physician shortage identified by the Massachusetts Medical Society last year continues."
And lastly, this comment provides further evidence supporting the old axiom "government intervention begets more intervention":
"State lawmakers are currently proposing medical-school loan-forgiveness plans to draw primary-care physicians where they are needed, among other measures."
The state creates a behemoth health care bureaucracy which of course costs more than projected and creates unintended consequences possibly worse than the situation they intended to ‘fix,’ so naturally the politicians believe that even more government planning and spending will ‘fix’ the new problems that they created trying to ‘fix’ the first problem. How many times have we seen this scenario play out before, and when will the public push back against this vicious cycle?