UPDATE: After this posting and a comment I left on the governing.com site, the author changed the governing.com story to reflect Connors' relationship with both Partners and Attorney General Coakley. He or she may have also corrected some of the errors I noted in the comments section of the governing.com article.
It is either the worst piece of journalism ever written about RomneyCare or Jack Connors' greatest PR magic trick in a storied marketing career.
Connors spoke at Georgetown University according to this report on governing.com on a panel and apparently passed himself off as a retired marketing exec representing small businesses instead of
- a leading player in Massachusetts health care over the last 20 years
- the recently about-to-be retired chairman of the largest and most expensive healthcare provider in the state (July 2013 I think but the PR on his retirement is as confusing as the PR in the governing.com article)
- the alleged monopolist that has caused all Massachusetts' health care cost problems (according to Attorney General Coakley).
The governing.com article almost verbatim has been picked up in all the usual left-wing-nut sites such as ThinkProgress (beats having the reporter sit through the actual bullshit I guess). Connors is a leading lefty according to press reports.
The rest of the governing.com article is the usual Democratic Party propaganda about how well RomneyCare works (and therefore Obamacare will work that well too). So to keep up the meme, there was not a mention of the fact that the Massachusetts legislature just passed the most stringent (and unrealistic) price controls ever attempted on healthcare (or anything else for that matter, not counting Nixon's try in 1973 and FDR's try during WWII) in the United States. They had to -- they think -- because of the many ways in which RomneyCare failed.
-- Dennis Byron