In 2006, Massachusetts implemented its own statewide version of health care reform and 32% of the state’s voters consider that reform a success. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Bay State finds that 36% consider the plan a failure and another 32% are not sure.
A strong plurality of Massachusetts voters believe our so-called “health care reform” is a failure, has made it less affordable, and made health care worse. The Massachusetts plan has many of the characteristics being considered nationally including mandate on individuals to buy, the mandate on businesses (of 11 or more workers) to provide and expanded government healthcare (Masshealth), and a health care exchange. Unfortunately for the MassGOP, most of our elected officials (including Governor Romney) went along with this monstrosity. Only Rep. Jeff Perry and Daniel Webster had the courage to decent in the Republican house caucus.
According to the CATO Institute:
Supporters suggested that reforms would reduce the price of individual insurance polices by 25-40%.
In reality, insurance premiums rose by 7.4% in 2007, 8-12% in 2008 and are expected to rise by 9% this year.
I have included more polling data from Rasmussen and the CATO institute briefing paper on Massachusetts health care BELOW THE FOLD….
Nationally, Obamacare is at just +4% in Massachusetts and -5% among those with strong feelings. The bill’s shrinking support is now only popular with Democrats with both Republicans and Unenrolled voters both strongly opposed.
Seventy-six percent (76%) of Massachusetts Democrats favor the President’s plan while 82% of Massachusetts Republicans are opposed. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 37% favor the plan and 59% are opposed.