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April 5, 2006


Exodus Rate will Increase

My good friend (and former contributor) Wilson is a Boston resident, although he’s getting closer and closer to being fed up with the insanity. He told me recently that Massachusetts is the only state who is actually losing population year-to-year. States like California are losing a lot of people, but there is a net increase due to immigration. Not so with Massachusetts, it’s a net decrease. This morning, I spoke with Wilson, and he sent me this story… It’s about time for the exodus to get worse:

Massachusetts Sets Health Plan for Nearly All

Massachusetts is poised to become the first state to provide nearly universal health care coverage with a bill passed overwhelmingly by the legislature Tuesday that Gov. Mitt Romney says he will sign.

The bill does what health experts say no other state has been able to do: provide a mechanism for all of its citizens to obtain health insurance. It accomplishes that in a way that experts say combines methods and proposals from across the political spectrum, apportioning the cost among businesses, individuals and the government.

“This is probably about as close as you can get to universal,” said Paul B. Ginsburg, president of the nonpartisan Center for Studying Health System Change in Washington. “It’s definitely going to be inspiring to other states about how there was this compromise. They found a way to get to a major expansion of coverage that people could agree on. For a conservative Republican, this is individual responsibility. For a Democrat, this is government helping those that need help.”

The bill, the product of months of wrangling between legislators and the governor, requires all Massachusetts residents to obtain health coverage by July 1, 2007.

I don’t have time today to truly study this. But I can say, without a doubt, that it will have unintended consequences and will end up hurting the state of Massachusetts. Wilson is furious, because he knows exactly who will be paying for this: him.

UPDATE: Perry, the Eidelblogger, gives us his take on this. Good stuff, as usual.


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3 Comments

  1. not even a mention of it on Boston.com. Ridiculous.

    There is, however, this lovely story about a “baby shower gone wrong”: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/04/05/three_arrested_in_what_police_called_a_baby_shower_gone_bad/

    i am moving….tomorrow.

    Comment by Wilson — April 5, 2006 @ 11:46 am
  2. [...] I originally wanted to issue a snark-filled rant on why government is inefficient, bloated, and ineffectual. But this, combined with Massachusetts’ insanity, calls for something a little better. I’m not an anarcho-capitalist. I realize that there are places where government can get necessary things done that the market cannot. It is only when we ask it to do things it is not suited for that we run into problems. [...]

  3. Massachusetts is the only state who is actually losing population year-to-year.

    Actually, Louisiana has been losing population for a few years now.

    Comment by Kevin — April 18, 2006 @ 12:33 am

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