Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Madness In Massachusetts

With Massachusetts mandatory healthcare suffering a larger leak than the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, politicians have decided to do what they do best, make matters worse.

The Massachusetts Senate has just approved a bill supposedly aimed at curbing soaring health care costs for small businesses. Get this, the bill requires wealthier hospitals to make a one-time $100 million contribution to help slow the rising cost of insurance premiums for small employers.

This is quite simply punishing the most successful hospitals, which means there will be less funds to improve services for patients at these hospitals.

The problem with universal healthcare will be something the rest of the United States will be able to understand once Obamacare hits the nation. It's really about the distortion of the supply and demand curve. Demand is distorted by cutting the link between the cost for a service and those demanding the service, and supply is distorted because it is not dependent on the demands of the patients but on pleasing bureaucrats who become the macro-decision makers on care.

The real solution for Massachusetts is to role back the plan so that the people of Massachusetts have full choice with regard to healthcare and insurance. Let them pay themselve for the services and insurance they want. As for the taxes designated for covering universal healthcare, taxes should be cu by that amount. As for the poor, it's time we take charity out of the hands of government and return it to the private sector so we can give to the charities of our choosing---it's the neighborly thing to do.

1 comment:

  1. Auntie is here to stay.
    Auntie needs her free health care.
    These morons knew enough to kill Dukakis care when the high cost became obvious for even them to see. Unknown why they are hellbent on going down this road.