toddkreigh, 8/11/2011 - 11:08am "The party line concerning the individual mandate is indeed that people would otherwise wait to buy insurance until they're sick. The real reason there's no individual mandate with Obamacare is because otherwise no one would buy it.
Companies terminating employee health benefits in lieu of a government plan "hasn't happened" in Massachusetts? According to the Boston Globe, small companies are dumping health plans in droves. Expect that to rate to pick up, especially if we go into another recession.
Check the numbers on Masscare again. Massachusetts Health care has cost Massachusetts an additional $4.2 billion and broadsided small businesses with the increased costs. Insurance premiums have risen 12 percent in the last two years. Yes, more people have coverage, but over time, the costs aren't containable, and the only possible way to sustain it is to keep raising costs on employers and employees, curtailing amount and type of coverage, and eroding the quality of care. And we're going national with this train wreck?
Governments don't create "better functioning markets". They create market dysfunction."
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