Massachusetts health care reform - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"In Fall 2005, the House and Senate each passed health care insurance reform bills. The legislature made a number of changes to Governor Romney's original proposal, including expanding MassHealth (Medicaid and SCHIP) coverage to low-income children and restoring funding for public health programs. The most controversial change was the addition of a provision which requires firms with 11 or more workers that do not provide "fair and reasonable" health coverage to their workers to pay an annual penalty. This contribution, initially $295 annually per worker, is intended to equalize the free care pool charges imposed on employers who do and do not cover their workers.
On April 12, 2006, Governor Romney signed the health legislation. He vetoed eight sections of the health care legislation, including the controversial employer assessment. He vetoed provisions providing dental benefits to poor residents on the Medicaid program, and providing health coverage to senior and disabled legal immigrants not eligible for federal Medicaid. The legislature promptly overrode six of the eight gubernatorial section vetoes, on May 4, 2006, and by mid-June 2006 had overridden the remaining two."
The internet is such a strange and wondrous place. In the RW, most of the conservatives I encounter are social conservatives who will gladly say screw banks, Wall Street, corporations, rich people, etc., but then on the internet I seem to only encounter the ones who talk like they were born in a manger and rose to be Emperor by eating bean sandwiches and everybody can do the same.
Either way, for someone who makes my level of money, I am sure I pay a tax rate that almost every person in the country would say is high enough. I feel fine with myself.
Ted Cruz is the dumbest person alive.
And the two positives you mentioned to indicate living standards have not dropped is stuff they bought on credit. Are they better off having to borrow to go to college and to be upside down in their car loans? And let's face it - without added debt, our economy does FAR less well during that period, so wages drop further, fewer jobs, fewer profits for DJIA, etc.Well, you can't ignore what's causing the decline in net worth while lamenting the decline in net worth.
You tell me. If you're going to point out that Clinton signed a bunch of this stuff, sure. Supported all along the way by GOPers. I didn't make this partisan and I don't feel any need to defend policies signed by democrats because they are democrats.Uhm, who generally champions free trade agreements and lowered tariffs? And right to work laws are the very embodiment of the American ideal. The idea that one must be a member of an organization (and pay them) in order to be allowed to have a job is downright un-American.
And unions weren't "unamerican" for the soldiers that fought and put their lives on the line in WWII. When did this idea of unions become UNamerican? What year was that?
Last edited by Conservative; 01-23-15 at 08:05 PM.