Author Archives: Josh_Pioneer

Why is Massachusetts, of all places, requesting waivers from the ACA/Obamacare?

(Very good question. – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) The Obama administration’s recent decision to postpone enforcement of the employer mandate, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the House’s recent vote to delay both the employer mandate and the individual mandate (with 35 Democrats joining most Republicans in supporting delay of the employer mandate, and…

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Governor, When is Excessiveness Excessive?

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) The state senate is trying to decide whether to override the governor’s veto of provisions that were included in the state budget that …narrow the amount of time the insurance commissioner has to review [health insurance] rate-hike proposals to 30 days from 45 days. In addition, if the commissioner fails to make…

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Beacon Hill’s Budget MassHealth Mirage

(You mean to tell me that the powers that be on Beacon Hill aren’t telling the truth.  I’m shocked, shocked I tell ya. – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) Today the Legislature will vote on the final state budget. I wanted to take one last opportunity to highlight the unrealistic assumptions that are being used for the MassHealth (Medicaid)…

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Is Medicaid (MassHealth) Preventing the Poor from Breaking out of Addiction?

Lawrence Harmon of The Boston Globe had a very interesting article that highlights the intersection of medicine and public policy. The issue was the debate whether MassHealth, our state’s Medicaid program, should move to pay for Suboxone versus methodone for opioid-addicted patients (for example heroin addicts). The article examines the growing medical evidence of the clinical effectiveness of Suboxone and…

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Massachusetts model mismatch

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) Massachusetts’ Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick was in Washington this week to deliver remarks at the left-leaning Center for American Progress to mark the fifth anniversary of Massachusetts’ health care reform. This is the latest public-relations effort by liberals to justify Obamacare. However, their problem is that the national health law suffers from…

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