Comment: Gruber and the President both repeatedly told America that Obamacare was a ‘Republican’ idea, the same as Romneycare. Really? They might want to tell Massachusetts.
Massachusetts already had nearly universal insurance coverage under Romneycare, with a healthcare exchange. Switching from Romneycare just cost Massachusetts’ Medicaid program one billion dollars, and added legions of new dependents to their state rolls, and all of this in a state that already boasted nearly universal coverage.
“Massachusetts’ Medicaid caseloads spiked in fiscal year 2014, leading to an increase in spending of more than $1.1 billion.”
“The growth was due primarily to the Affordable Care Act, the national health care reform law under which Massachusetts expanded eligibility for Medicaid.”
Medicaid costs spiked $1 billion in Massachusetts primarily due to Affordable Care Act
By Shira Schoenberg, January 22, 2015