What's that saying about the definition on insanity?
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is begging fellow Chicago South Sider Barack Obama to please extend the Massachusetts health care reform "demonstration" experiment to over 20 years. Just give us five more years and this time we'll make it work, I promise Barry. (Of course both Patrick and Obama are lame ducks and have nothing to do with Massachusetts so why should they care.)
Sure, the 1997 Massachusetts health care reform "Medicaid1 demonstration" failed. And the 2000 demonstration failed. And the 2003 demonstration failed. And the 2006 "RomneyCare" demonstration failed -- even though we passed revision legislation in 2008 and twice in 2010 -- so utterly that Massachusetts had to institute Soviet-era price controls on health care in 2012.
But give us five more years, Barry, and this time it will work.
1Called MassHealth in Massachusetts; most of the money actually gets spent on nursing homes but a higher percentage goes to non-elderly in Massachusetts than in most states