Imagine a world in which recessions don't mean uninsurance
One of the awful consequences of recessions in a world of employer-based health care is that a lot of people lose their health-care insurance when they lose their jobs. But as the latest study on the Massachusetts reforms shows, that's not happening in the Bay State. "Unemployment among working-age adults in Massachusetts rose from 4.4 percent in December 2006 to 9.1 percent in December 2009" and "state revenues fell by $2.6 billion between fiscal years 2008 and 2009," but there was no corresponding rise in the number of uninsured, nonelderly residents*, which is sitting stubbornly at 4.8 percent.
And for all the bad press the reforms have gotten in some quarters, support remains stubbornly high. This study looks at Fall 2009, when we were still deep in recession and thus a period in which you might've expected some retrenchment on social spending, but nope: support stood at 67 percent.
Massachusetts still has a cost problem, as they didn't really do anything to address cost in the original reform package, but as far as their coverage expansion goes, it's working and the state likes it. That won't be a surprise to people who remember that even Tea Party-favorite Scott Brown supports the plan, but it's worth reminding people of. Nationally, we're going to need to do a lot more to control costs, but the Affordable Care Act pairs the basic coverage structure that worked in Massachusetts with the sort of serious starts at cost control that Massachusetts put off till later.
*The elderly, of course, have Medicare.
Photo credit: By Steven Senne/Associated Press
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