Individual Mandate an Albetross Around Mitt Romney’s Neck

By: Tuesday May 31, 2011 9:59 am

The Boston Globe the have an interesting piece about how Massachusetts’ health care reform law came into being and the role Mitt Romney played in assure it’s passage. It is well worth a read. The article shows what a prominent role Romney played personally in making sure a individual mandate was part of the final legislation and why it would be impossible for him now to fully renounce the one in the Massachusetts’ law he signed. From the Boston Globe:

Romney’s grasp of the subject was “unbelievably impressive,’’ he said, and the governor warmed to the game-changing potential of the individual mandate. Romney’s political advisers, however, “were not that keen on it,’’ [Jonathan] Gruber said.

To them, the political hazards spoke louder than the policy-making opportunity.

The key players in the Massachusetts debate know what a critical champion Romney was of the individual mandate; so a total flip flop on the issue would be too deeply cynical as to be politically unfeasible

The article again made it clear how many of the most important components of the Massachusetts law, which also eventually made it into the Affordable Care Act, were only a few years ago seen as deep conservative policies advanced by right wing think tanks.

Massive Hospital Price Variations: Only in America (*Except Maryland)

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 1:17 pm

Massachusetts is still struggling with controlling health care costs since it decided to embrace health care reform by just expanding our broken private insurance system to cover more people. A problem in Massachusetts, which is common around the country, is that there are huge variances in what is paid for the same procedure. From the [...]

Banksters Make Bad Neighbors

By: Friday April 15, 2011 1:21 pm

It seems some of the biggest, most profitable banks in America could be responsible for your property values dropping and your neighborhood becoming less safe as a result of poorly maintained vacant homes. From the Boston Globe: Two of the city’s top delinquent landlords are not landlords at all. They’re banks. City officials said Wells [...]

“Non-Profit” Insurer Gives CEO Massive Retirement Package

By: Wednesday March 2, 2011 8:00 am

According to the Boston Globe, the CEO of the nonprofit Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is going to get a retirement package worth $8.6 million after only six years on the job. From the Boston Globe: Cleve L. Killingsworth, who abruptly resigned last March as chief executive of the nonprofit Blue Cross Blue Shield [...]