A lot of people are crowing about how great Massachusetts’ new healthcare bill. Personally, I think it sucks and I’ll tell you why…
The measure does not call for new taxes but would require businesses that do not offer insurance to pay a $295 annual fee per employee.
Which businesses would just pass on to the consumer resulting in higher prices and a higher cost of living.
The plan hinges in part on two key sections: the $295-per-employee business assessment and a so-called “individual mandate,” requiring every citizen who can afford it to obtain health insurance or face increasing tax penalties.
So they’ll be forcing people to get health insurance. Whatever happened to freedom of choice?
The state’s poorest ? single adults making $9,500 or less a year ? will have access to health coverage with no premiums or deductibles.
Those living at up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $48,000 for a family of three, will be able to get health coverage on a sliding scale, also with no deductibles.
Great, let’s give people more reason not to work.
Individuals deemed able but unwilling to purchase health care could face fines of more than $1,000 a year by the state if they don’t get insurance.
There’s that whole pesky freedom issue again.
Mark my words, if this plan passes it will fail and it will fail miserably. It will be as bloated and corrupt as Ted Kennedy.