Adding to the Debate Over the Mass model

From The Wall Street Journal:

A Debate in Massachusetts

Has the state’s plan succeeded? The two sides square off.

Here, arguing that the state program is a success, is Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a Boston-based, nonpartisan public-policy group that researches financial, tax and economic issues. The group is also part of the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Coalition, a nonprofit that promotes the state plan.

Arguing that the plan is a failure is Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, a nonprofit public-policy group based in Alexandria, Va., that conducts research to advance market-based solutions to health reform. The institute is funded by private donors, philanthropic organizations and companies that include health-care-related businesses.

 The single payer supporters also offer an analysis of the Mass Model that differs from these two. Mass Care has a full page on it. They argue that the plan “has significant weaknesses that prevent it from living up to its hype and is widely recognized as an unsustainable effort over the medium-term.”  

In October, MassCare, Physicians for a National Health Plan and others testified at the on Beacon Hill that the state health system is a non-functional corporate giveaway. Instead, they are pushing a bill that would establish a single payer system for the state: This from the Oct. 21 Belmont (Mass.) Citizen-Herald:

A quarter of the Legislature has signed onto a proposal to scrap the state’s landmark health care system, which still relies on private insurance companies to cover millions of residents, in favor of a single-payer system, publicly run and available to all residents.

Backers of the single-payer plan (H 2127) argued Tuesday that the state’s current system has failed to control costs, prevented even insured residents from obtaining needed care and left as much as 5 percent of the population without coverage.

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