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  •  Here in MA, health costs have... (1+ / 0-)
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    gone up way slower than the rest of the country. Obamacare builds on MA model. And, although he will deny it, it's called Romneycare.

    •  That would be more impressive if Massachusetts (0+ / 0-)

      didn't have the most expensive health care of any state in the union -- even higher than Alaska, where all costs are high.

      Only DC, which is not a state, has higher per capita health costs than Massachusetts.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 08:40:01 PM PDT

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      •  Wrong. See link and the spreadsheet on page 11: (0+ / 0-)

        http://www.cms.gov/...

        Back in 2009 (last year of data) MA was lower than CA, CT, MD and several others. MA was 50% higher than Alabama, Mississippi, Arizona, Florida.
        Maybe that's why I see so many of those state license plates in our hospital parking lots.

        Did I mention 99% of our kids have health insurance?
        Smart too.

        •  Did you look at your own link? (1+ / 0-)
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          Page 11 says exactly what I said:

          Using 2009 numbers,

          At  $9,278 per capita Massachusetts is the most expensive state in the union to get health care.

          Only the District of Columbia, at $10,349 is more.

          That's as of 2009, but -- the great and Everything Costs a Fortune Here State of Alaska might have done Mass a solid since then. They were trailing in 2009 but costs were increasing at a rate that would catch them up in 2011 or so.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Wed Aug 07, 2013 at 09:06:30 AM PDT

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    •  You are ignoring (0+ / 0-)

      1) A healthier population will cost less to maintain

      2) Positive experiences with the law will lead in the future will lead ts to improving the law.

      Look, nothing is perfect but don't sit there an argue what we had was better. We both know it bordered on a class genocide.

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