Obamacare Made A Mess Of Things In Massachusetts

Democrats have been comparing Obamacare to the health care law Mitt Romney signed as governor in Massachusetts. They say it was the model, but now they’ve gone and screwed it up there. Way to go, Democrats.

But the changes mandated by Obama’s Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, have actually gutted the effectiveness of Massachusetts’ once-working model.

Thanks to Obamacare, in 2012, Massachusetts began a transition to a new federally compliant health exchange, budgeted to cost $69 million. But to date, not one person has purchased health care through that federally funded exchange.

In addition, Jean Yang, the executive director of the Health Connector Authority, told her board that 50,000 paper applications remain unprocessed — leading the Commonwealth’s leading progressive blog to quip that, “lives are at risk.”

Bay Staters elected Scott Brown to the Senate in 2010, who promised he would be the 41st vote against Obamacare. But through parliamentary procedures, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act anyway and President Obama signed it into law.

Fast forward to today — Massachusetts now ranks near last in the nation for implementation of its health exchange, according to the Associated Press. So how did that happen?

Read the whole thing to find out.  One of the problems is that CGI Federal (remember them?) was contracted to set up the $69 million exchange. But that’s not the worst of it.

The Pirate’s Cove added:

And, yes, this is about the website not working, not about obtaining health care via the now more expensive insurance. Obamacare took a system that worked and turned it into a pure mess.Particularly since Democrats were implementing, or, at least, attempting to implement it. That said, just wait until people try and use it. One thing FactCheck noted onRomneycare facts and falsehoods was

The major components of the state and federal law are similar, but details vary. The federal law put a greater emphasis on cost-control measures, for instance. Massachusetts is just now tackling that.

Those cost controls are what will lead to poor care, rationing, and limited networks, among other issues. Mass. tried to implement what would work best for the state. (Read More)

Well, so much for states doing what works best for their people. The Democrats think the federal government knows best. Look where that’s gotten us.