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State Socialized Medicine Blows Budget Gaskets and Kills People

Posted by Elizabeth Terrell - August 03, 2008

Mitt Romney recently wrote that Massachusetts' version of "universal" health care was a working experiment in progress in the Wall Street Journal. However, even the Journal is examining the matter a bit more closely now that Governor Patrick has rolled out a $129 million tax plan to deal with the health care budget shortfall.
...As this public option gets overwhelmed, budget gaskets are blowing everywhere. Mr. Patrick had already bumped up this year's spending to $869 million, $144 million over its original estimate. Liberals duly noted that these tax hikes are necessary because enrollment in Commonwealth Care is much higher than anticipated. But of course more people will have coverage if government gives it to them for free.
One can only wonder what will happen if intrusive federal "universal" proposals make it through. As Oregonians are being told that their medication to go home and die will be covered but not their doctor's preferred course of treatment to potentially make the patient well under the state's plan, expect more stories like these coming from U.S. citizens:

Shona Holmes (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) from BigGovHealth on Vimeo.

HT: We Stand Firm, BigGovHealth.org

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