Is this really the fifth reform of RomneyCare in five years? I've lost count. We've been reforming health care here in Massachusetts since the 1980s... and we're going to keep trying until we get it right.
The May 17, 2012 passage by the Massachusetts State Senate of yet another RomneyCare re-reform bill may really be the sixth, seventh, or eighth time the professional politicians on Beacon Hill have had to change the so-called Massachusetts health-care cost-control reform legislation. RomneyCare was first passed in 2006. But now that the Senate has re-reformed RomneyCare again, the Senators are off to the Cape or the Berkshires for the long (14-day) Memorial Day weekend. After all, it was another grueling 3-day work week.
But I did like this quote from Senator Murray, President of the Senate, who clearly mixed up the 2012 healthcare RomneyCare re-reform with a highway bill:
"It’s a brilliant bill because it’s an infrastructure bill. It’s a health care payment infrastructure bill...’’
I guess she means the road to RomneyCare re-reform is paved with higher premiums, co-pays, and deductibles for us Massachusetts residents.
-- Dennis Byron