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Before there was the alleged “government takeover” of health care known as Obamacare, there was the Republican takeover of health care in Massachusetts–– let’s just call it “Romneycare.” So how is all that hopey, changey stuff working in Massachusetts? Very well, thank you. Ezra Klein reports:

The health-reform bill President Obama signed into law this year was explicitly based on the Massachusetts reforms. The theory was this: A plan that a Republican governor could sign into law would be a plan that could attract Republican votes.

The theory was wrong. An approach to universal coverage that represented “health insurance for everyone without a government takeover” when it was signed by a Republican governor in Massachusetts was spun by congressional Republicans as the missing final chapter of “The Communist Manifesto” when Democrats tried to scale it nationally.

Given that the plan was enacted anyway, it’s time to check in on how Massachusetts is doing. And the answer, basically, is pretty well. This week, the state’s health and human services agency released the results of a new, independent survey examining coverage in Massachusetts. More than 98 percent – 98 percent! – of the state’s residents now have health insurance, as do more than 99 percent of the state’s children.Remarkably, those numbers have gotten better in recent years, with the number of uninsured residents in the state falling to 1.9 percent in 2010 from 2.6 percent in 2008.


One Comment

  1. Your right, Obamacare or Romneycare is not “government takeover” of healthcare. We need to call it by its actual name. Obamacare or Romneycare is the collusion of big government and big business to force 98% of the people to buy a product from a private company. The dictionary term for that is fascism. If its Romney it is Republican fascism and if it is Obama it is Democratic Fascism.

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