Friday, October 13, 2006

A model for universal health care?

This link is to a story on American Public Media's Marketplace program. It discusses the structure and implications of Commonwealth Care, Massachusetts' new health care initiative. Governor Romney has touted it as a success and the great result of compromise from all players in health care. One of the more important points that this story makes is that Mr. Romney's support and role in creating this initiative greatly changes the health care debate for Republicans. One of the major Republican sticking points is the perception that requiring small businesses with more than ten employees will greatly harm them. It will be interesting to see how Mr. Romney uses this in his campaign and how other primary candidates will counter.

3 Comments:

Blogger Marc said...

I think it was a great bipartisan effort... but I wonder how much Romney will highlight it in view of the fact that many in the base took issue with it (both the National Review and the Wall Street Journal Op Ed Page came out against it).

9:18 AM  
Blogger David Kennedy said...

I'm not a fan of the Massachusetts health care legislation but I would predict that it will help Romney -- just like NCLB helped Bush (geez, that's a scary thought). I hope that a President Romney wouldn't try to implement the same legislation on a national level, unlike NCLB. My hope is that it spurs debate about market solutions in health care and comes up with something like health savings accounts.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Interesting. As Romney swings to the right in the long run up to the presidential primary, his health care legislation is one of his saving graces in my mind. My hope is that he'll help states enact similar legislation on a national level (as opposed to trying to do the same thing on a national level).

10:55 PM  

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