January 20, 2007

EFFECTIVELY ENDING HIS CAMPAIGN:

Sticker shock for state care plan: Average premium of $380 outlined (Alice Dembner, January 20, 2007, Boston Globe)

A state panel yesterday outlined for the first time the minimum requirements for coverage under the state's new health insurance law, a package estimated to cost $380 a month on average for an individual, more than $100 above recent estimates.

Panel members struggled yesterday to balance affordability with protection from catastrophic medical bills and remained divided on many issues.

"If we're going to mandate this, people need to see that they're getting some value," said panel member Jonathan Gruber, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But, he added, the premium is "bad news." [...]

Immediate reaction to the requirements was negative. Advocates for the uninsured were stunned at the price, considerably higher than the $200 estimated by Mitt Romney when he was governor and first proposed universal coverage.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2007 8:25 AM
Comments

$380 a month? $4560 a year? I probably haven't spent $380 on "health care" this century. Which means I put that close to $30,000 I could have spent under this sort of plan to much better use than subsidizing hypochondriacs and their quacks.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 20, 2007 9:43 AM

I see that Lopez on NRO has cooled her lust for Mitt. Jeb is her new fling.

Yes, I think this hurts Romney very, very much. His one "accomplishment" as governor down the drain. Only his flip flop reputation remains.

Posted by: Bob at January 20, 2007 10:47 AM

Jeb would obviously be the best president, but isn't running. He'll be McCain's VP for four years and win in '12.

Posted by: oj at January 20, 2007 1:44 PM

Which is why HSAs are the answer. I haven't had $380 in costs during my adulthood.

Posted by: oj at January 20, 2007 1:49 PM
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