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RomneyCare: basically worked?

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    #75 Jersey

    ‘RomneyCare’ — a revolution that basically worked - The Boston Globe

    Interesting points. I was hopeful that the idea would work and have been disappointed with costs continuing to spiral. For those in MA, what say ye?
     
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    #11 Jersey

    From 1994 to 1998 I worked at a Company that grew from 10 employees to nearly 70. The Company picked up 80% of the health care premiums. The Company crashed and burned but their demise had nothing to do with health care costs.

    I worked for a Fortune 500 Company after that and they picked up 70%. In 2001 I moved to a Company with 5 employees. The Company was part of a Small Business Coalition that pooled together to get the best deal.

    I'm not kidding when I say that every year since 2002 the Company has switched Insurance (Harvard Pilgrim, Blue Cross, Tufts, back to Harvard, back to Tufts) in order to keep costs down but my contribution has risen.

    The only negative I have heard about MassHealth is people moaning that they can't afford the coverage even though they have jobs. There was one guy I read about that was ticked. He said, "How can I make the lease payments on my new truck and afford to pay for health insurance I don't want?"

    As the article stated, Health Care costs were spiraling out of control way before 2008.
     
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    I've had Blue Cross for 8 years and my costs have remained the same since year 1...I pay $23/month for great health care with no co-payments as long as I stay in network.

    So I assume my company is covering the increased costs. Next, our fed gov't will want me to actually pay taxes on my HC....:rolleyes:
     
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    Does your Company have any job openings? That is an awesome health care plan you have.
     
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    Word. Sign me up.
     
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    $23 a month with no co-pays? Union members pay more than that!
     
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    Hey, spiraling out of control, unsustainable costs aside, the plan worked great. [​IMG]
     
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    Health care costs were spiraling out of control way before "RomneyCare."
     
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    If you look at the state budget, the full implementation of Romneycare has increased the Massachusetts budget by 5-6 billion (you can see the growth in Medicaid from 2004 on). So, all else being equal, Romneycare cost 20% of the state budget and that's just to get us down to about 3% uninsured. Meanwhile, insurance plan costs continue to go up.
     
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    Do you live in Massachusetts?
     
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    Which is why this bill was sold to us in the first place. It was going to bring costs down remember. So like I said, outside of the unsustainable, out of control costs, the plan's worked great. [​IMG]
     
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    Yes. And I work for one of the larger healthcare systems.
     

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