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State treasurer of MA absolutely shreds RomneyCare, which “has nearly bankrupted the state” and is surviving solely because of federal aid

posted at 7:29 pm on October 27, 2011 by

The level of economic illiteracy required to believe that a one-sized-fits-all, individually-mandated, government-controlled health care system could somehow succeed is really quite stunning. Which says a lot about Mitt Romney’s belief in free enterprise and the market system.

“If President Obama and the Democrats repeat the mistake of the health insurance reform here in Massachusetts on a national level, they will threaten to wipe out the American economy within four years,” Cahill said in a press conference in his office.

[T]he state’s health insurance law…Cahill said, “has nearly bankrupted the state.”

Cahill said the law is being sustained only with the help of federal aid, which he suggested that the Obama administration is funneling to Massachusetts to help the president make the case for a similar plan in Congress… “…I would argue that we’re being propped up so that the federal government and the Obama administration can drive it through” Congress.

Commonwealth Connector, the independent state agency established to help residents find the health insurance, has “totally failed,” to create competition and connect people with affordable insurance, Cahill said, pointing out that 68 percent of the residents it serves receive subsidized care.

“We haven’t done anything about driving down costs,” Cahill said. “We haven’t helped small business. We haven’t changed the way we pay for health care and the way we deliver it.”…

Look, if Romney somehow wins the nomination, I’ll support him without question against Barack Obama.

But we need to elect a conservative in 2012 who is 100% committed to the eradication of Obamacare. For if it isn’t wiped from the books, I fear this country may not survive.

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Excellent, directorblue.

J.E. Dyer on October 27, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Good post! I hope to goodness romney is the one we ‘need or want’ by those other than the final voters. But, a slug would be better than bho, IMO.
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letget on October 27, 2011 at 7:45 PM

I don’t quite get why the CATO article calls him (Cahill) a recent democrat. He has been one his entire career, except when he for governor as an independent. Is somebody there for Government health care, and doing it discredit Cahill?

Not sure about his desire to Level the playing field, but the other ideas sound good.

cozmo on October 27, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Old news is new news?

Michael F. Cannon • March 16, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

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fwiw, the April 2010 Boston Globe story this is taken from notes:

Cahill said it is the governor who has not done enough to lower costs imposed by the state’s health insurance law, which Cahill said “has nearly bankrupted the state.”

That would be Deval Patrick, not Romney. Patrick made things far worse than they would have been under Romney by forcing more and more mandates on insurers.

Cato is a libertarian (not a conservative) source who (as I noted recently at another thread) proudly cites praise from, ta da:

“If you’re looking for a consistent commitment to preserving all forms of individual liberty, join the Cato Institute.” – Wendy Kaminer, The American Prospect

I take their (2 year old) analysis with a grain of salt. The economy sucks in Mass and all over the country which puts pressure on Medicare, Medicaid and every item in the state budget. There are many things which contribute to the state’s financial distress (and other groups have come to different conclusions about the effects of its healthcare law). For more recent news, the fact that Medical Device Manufacturers are the subject of punitive taxes under ObamaCare, and those companies are leaving the state, does not help the Mass economy. Just sayin’…

Buy Danish on October 27, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Oh, but come on guys. Romney is inevitable. It’s his turn. He’s the only electable guy out there.

Come on. Do I really need a sarc tag?

gryphon202 on October 27, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Sounds like our little Timmy Cahill is still upset that he hasn’t been properly appreciated for being the spoiler candidate that sent Obama Jr. back to the corner office. He’s right about the law, of course, but this does sound like a Dem who just isn’t getting enough love from the party. Someone dial the waahmbulance.

RedMindBlueState on October 27, 2011 at 8:43 PM

State treasurer of MA absolutely shreds RomneyCare

Oh, stop it. If Romney’s last name was Kennedy-(D), you’d love it. You’d eat s**t and die smiling.

Feedie on October 27, 2011 at 8:54 PM

P.S. The federal help issue is not new. The state was going to lose 400 million in federal dollars under George Bush if they didn’t reform their medicaid system (a situation which pre-dated Romney). The state (under Romney) asked for a waiver to focus on insuring the uninsured instead of paying providers, but they were only given an 1 year waiver, and ordered by Tommy Thompson to… pass legislation. Which they did and here we are.

Buy Danish on October 27, 2011 at 9:35 PM

As closely as I follow politics, it still amazes me when I run across something that is so despicable that I’m truly surprised by it. It never occurred to me that the Obama administration could be propping up Mass in order to make a case for it’s own sure-to-fail plan.

What a thoroughly disgusting thought.

BKeyser on October 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Look, if Romney somehow wins the nomination, I’ll support him without question against Barack Obama.

But we need to elect a conservative in 2012 who is 100% committed to the eradication of Obamacare.

But that’s the issue with Romney here, isn’t it? I mean, those statements are somewhat mutually exclusive. Do you believe him to be 100% committed? His record does NOT indicate this. He has massaged his message on RomnObamacare for, well, years now. He tweaks it as the criticisms mount. His entreaties to trust him now simply fall on deaf ears.

Even now he still falls back on the States’ Rights issue (which was never his original defense but works now since others with a Tea Party constitution offered it) which is still inadequate. IOW he’d be fine with a mandate from state government as opposed to a mandate from the federal one. So impositional Statism is not his actual complaint.

There will be no 100% commitment from Romney. Sure, if the Congress miraculously strikes RomnObamacare down with new law, then he might sign the bill; but Romney surely won’t be driving the bulldozer to bury his abomination.

AnonymousDrivel on October 27, 2011 at 10:21 PM

There will be no 100% commitment from Romney. Sure, if the Congress miraculously strikes RomnObamacare down with new law, then he might sign the bill; but Romney surely won’t be driving the bulldozer to bury his abomination.
AnonymousDrivel on October 27, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I hate to pick on you because I hear this all the time, but this is a preposterous argument/fear/whatever. If Congress presents him with a bill repealing it he will sign it without a moment’s hesitation. If we win the Senate this will happen and there will be nothing “miraculous” about it. What do you think he’s going to do? Veto it?

Buy Danish on October 27, 2011 at 10:38 PM

RE: Buy Danish (October 27, 2011 at 10:38 PM)

Fair enough critique on my use of “might.” It was meant as a “yeah, probably, more likely than not but still a slim chance that something in the new legislation could rub him the wrong way.” But unless there’s a supermajority in both chambers, he will not stake his Presidency on it. He won’t be petitioning ceaselessly a Senate, for example, where the majority is Democrat. He’ll give a college try at best and say, “Well, we just don’t have the votes [*shoulder shrug*]. Sorry, but that’s not the kind of leadership that’s needed to extricate horrible legislation.

AnonymousDrivel on October 27, 2011 at 10:53 PM

I was wondering where all the Mittbots were this evening.

Bill C on October 27, 2011 at 11:33 PM

That would be Deval Patrick, not Romney. Patrick made things far worse than they would have been under Romney by forcing more and more mandates on insurers.

Buy Danish on October 27, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Yeah, how the heck was Romney supposed to know that a liberal Democrat was going to be elected governor after him in Massachusetts?

Bill C on October 27, 2011 at 11:55 PM

romenycare sucks. obamacare already sucks. cahill is still a tool- he made the difference in de-evolve patrick getting reelected -splitting away just enough for baker to fail. and many consider cahill got something for it from democrats- a plant all along. spoiler stooge.de-evolve removed would have made it easier to attack romenycare and perhaps change it. cahill is responsible for making romenycare more entrenched.

romney knew that the connector (which is in the original law he signed) would be problematic( especially in a state known for it’s corruption and hackocracy) receive powers beyond the reach of the voters and their representatives.it’s the connector that determines what is legal insurance- packed with lots of crap people don’t want but are mandated to have to pay for. he knew it would be made up of insurance company hacks.

romney and his mittards need to stop making excuses and give it up. all he had to do was veto it- and he should have if he had any principles and believed in our constitution. they would have overrode him anyway and it would still be law only his greasy slimy RINO mitts wouldn’t be all over it, dragging him down and making real conservatives rightly put off. man up already and reject it. the law he clings to was deeply flawed at signing .the connector and de-evolve made it worse but the structure of the bill gave them the sweeping powers to do so. gov. willard was always bloviating about ‘personal responsibility’,”mandates working” and ‘free riders’ – why doesn’t mitty take responsibility for his own mistakes instead of trying to free ride his socialist law into blue state votes?

mittens on October 28, 2011 at 5:41 AM

But…but…everyone in MA loves RomneyCare, right?

IowaWoman on October 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Err, the MA treasurer is Steve Grossman.

Cahill was angling for a spot in the Gov race. He is the one who got shredded. Complete bust. A Dem who ran as an Indie and saved a second term for Deval Patrick.

swamp_yankee on October 28, 2011 at 1:56 PM

And if he is the nominee, I will absolutely NOT vote for him.

These establishment milquetoast repubicans need to be shown that we will not vote for someone who actually authored the blueprint for ObamaCare.

Opposite Day on October 28, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Look, if Romney somehow wins the nomination, I’ll support him without question against Barack Obama.

Yeah, good luck with that. There are already stirrings in Congress of backing away from repealing Obamacare; I’m not going to hand them a GOP President to back them up on it. No more status quo. Romney won’t get my vote; nor would Huntsman if he changed reality and actually had a chance.
And yes, I know the stakes. I’ve already lost my retirement and am underemployed. No more ***king RINOs.

austinnelly on October 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM

You know that if Romney gets elected, the first thing he’ll do is say, “Look, we can fix this thing called Obamacare”

I guarantee it…

Romney is Obama

Kini on October 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Err, the MA treasurer is Steve Grossman.
Cahill was angling for a spot in the Gov race. He is the one who got shredded. Complete bust. A Dem who ran as an Indie and saved a second term for Deval Patrick.
swamp_yankee on October 28, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Right because this story is over a year old (March 16, 2010!) and it’s being circulated around the ‘conservative’ blogosphere as if it’s new news. I’m beginning to think ‘conservatives’ have a suicide complex or something as they are doing everything possible to destroy the best candidate we have. Do I agree with everything Mitt says? Of course not, but compared to Herman Cain (whom I adore as a radio host and motivational speaker) I find far more to agree with in Mitt (who at least isn’t a walking, talking gaffe machine).

You know that if Romney gets elected, the first thing he’ll do is say, “Look, we can fix this thing called Obamacare”

I guarantee it…

Kini on October 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Pffft. Your guarantee is worthless. Romney will repeal it, he will sign legislation given to him by Congress.

Buy Danish on October 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM