If things continue to go south in Massachusetts, could Mitt Romney’s health care “grand experiment” come back to bite him on the ’12 racetrack?

WSJ: The Massachusetts debacle, coming soon to your neighborhood.

Praise Mitt Romney. Three years ago, the former Massachusetts Governor had the inadvertent good sense to create the “universal” health-care program that the White House and Congress now want to inflict on the entire country. It is proving to be instructive, as Mr. Romney’s foresight previews what President Obama, Max Baucus, Ted Kennedy and Pete Stark are cooking up for everyone else.

In Massachusetts’s latest crisis, Governor Deval Patrick and his Democratic colleagues are starting to move down the path that government health plans always follow when spending collides with reality — i.e., price controls. As costs continue to rise, the inevitable results are coverage restrictions and waiting periods. It was only a matter of time.

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  • Lizzy

    GIVE BACK THE BONUSES YOU GOT FROM BIG CORRUPT BUSINESS!!! Rahm, Dodd, Obama, ALL OF YOUS!!! (I got no help from the folks answering in D.C. so I’m taking it out on all of you.) Let’s put some law and order back into federal government by using due process and public prosecution of any tax cheat in power, starting with Obama and going down the line…Geithner, Daschle, don’t leave anyone out. Can some Congress person write that up, please, and send it out for a vote?

    • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

      Go Lizzy! I’m diggin’ the passion! :)

  • Lizzy

    I like Romney’s plan a heckuva lot better than what we’re hearing from the current corrupt and inept administration. Maybe it just needs to be tweaked by someone who’s, well, not corrupt. I’m having a problem with D.C. corruption right now. PAY YOUR TAXES, OBAMA PEOPLE!

  • Sartho

    He can be Secretary of the Treasury instead since he’s paid a lot more taxes than our current appointee.

    • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

      In that case, lots of us would be candidates for Treasury ;)

      • Sartho

        Lots of us are probably more qualified than our current guy beyond just tax paying abilities. :)

  • Sartho

    While it’s certainly not good news for Romney, there could be a glimmer of hope in the details. If they can use the Mass. example to kill Obamam’s healthcare ambitions that are attempting to follow that same path for the nation, then I feel making him the sacrificial lamb would be worth it. Socialized medicine is just bad news and there are enough potential options for the GOP now that it’s hard to say Romney is the only hope they have.

    Romney might be a little sad, but I’m sure he’d get over it.

  • Mcon

    I didn’t dispute anything in the article because I don’t know enough of the numbers or details to judge the situation in Massachusetts. I don’t travel east across the Mississippi too often though, or east over the Rockies these days…

    That said, I am entirely confident that if Romney were President he would be one to learn from the successes and failures of the MA system he helped create.

    • Shawn Naegle

      “That said, I am entirely confident that if Romney were President he would be one to learn from the successes and failures of the MA system he helped create.”

      That, my friend, is what I call blind faith.

      Romney is a political creature that changes his views based upon what is popular. While I am sure he would be a better president than Obama, I doubt we would find him to be a champion of Constitutional principles and individual freedom. Were he concerned about individual rights, he would never have championed a bill that removed personal responsibility and choice. He is not a man that can be trusted with our liberty. He might be the one person that could bring the economy around, but he is not the candidate that will get government off our backs and out of our lives.

  • JE

    Romney will be bitten by this as he should. Every politician who promises more stuff at less cost just because the government is in charge needs to pay a price.
    You want health costs to decrease? Do away with all of the insurance and public aid except for catastrophic coverage and make all else out of pocket. Prices would drop drastically. Right now, by federal law, a physician must charge the same price to a cash pay patient without insurance as to an insurance company or medicare/medicaid. The difference is the cash pay patient has to pay the full amount while insurance and government have a ‘negotiated’ amount. The physician then has to raise prices high enough he/she can make a living off the 30%-60% the government pays of the fee. Eliminate the government and prices would drop overnight (and that is before you eliminate all the extra staff that have to be employed in order to make sure you meet all the government billing regulations, file insurance/government forms, etc).

  • East of Eden

    Romney care was always the one thing I could never understand about Mitt. It just seems like he would have and should have not signed this bill, with all of his brilliance in business and so on. We’ll see for 2012. I hope it does not bite him, but I’m sure it will somehow.

  • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

    Probably not, but what’s disputable?

  • Mcon

    Clearly this opinion piece wasn’t written by a friend of Romney at all.