Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is surrounded by administration officials and lawmakers as he signs the health care cost control bill in 2012 after failing to fix Romneycare.
Much has been written and said about Obamacare, but nothing like what you're about to read here. Not that I'm the first to say it. But this story has been so underreported that you probably haven't heard it-even on anti-Obamacare Fox. I'll get to the point: In the 2012 election Barack Obama and Mitt Romney ran their campaigns on the notion that Romneycare (the model and prototype for Obamacare) was a smashing success in Massechusetts, with Obama claiming that his healthcare bill would be the nationalization of this success, and that everyone would benefit from it as were the good citizens of Massachusetts from Romneycare (what's good for Massachusetts is good for America); whereas Romney claimed that what was good for Massachusetts wasn't necessarily so for other states; and that each state should be free to decide its own healthcare system according to its needs-a more common sense and Constitutional approach.
Truth is, however, BOTH MEN DELIBERATELY LIED. By Election Day November 6th Romneycare was no more, existing only in name alone. For on August 6th (just prior to the Republican National Convention) Romneycare was REPEALED and REPLACED by Governor Patrick and state Democrats. What did they replace it with? A Cost Containment Bill. Why? To contain the explosion in healthcare costs triggered by Romneycare across the state. What was promised by Romney when he signed his bill into law: the dramatic bending of the healthcare cost curve with huge savings for the consumer, industry and state, completely failed. Contrary to expectations based on studies done by experts and analysts health insurance premiums were rising faster than inflation (the highest in the nation) as were costs for medical treatment by doctors and hospitals. This created a growing cost crisis with voters who demanded action. After failing three times to fix Romneycare Patrick and the Dems gave up and imposed price controls on the system (a reversion to Dukakiscare which Romneycare replaced) to keep prices at bay with healthcare costs rising in sync with the growth of the Massachusetts' economy. Meaning that if the economy doesn't grow prices and costs would be frozen regardless of thinning profit margins to insurers and hospitals. Or in times of economic distress costs or services would have to be scaled back by rationing and scarcity causing long waiting lines to see doctors or get treatment in hospitals. This is what happened under Dukakiscare which was the reason for Romney's reform.
Laughably billed as "Romneycare's second phase" Gov. Patrick boasted that his new law (not Romneycare) should "provide a model for a nation trying to stem the spiraling costs of healthcare (see)." In other words, Patrickcare would succeed where Romneycare miserably failed and where Obamacare following Romneycare would fail the nation-as it's doing now for similar reasons given here by the CATO Institute. Moreover, far from containing costs as promised by Patrick Massachusettsans are predictably paying more under Patrickcare and getting less quality and access than ever before (see).