Once you give the social engineers an inch, they'll soon be looking for that mile. From the Boston Globe:
The state Legislature will probably make a round of changes in the one-year-old law mandating near universal health insurance, but not before late fall, according to Senator Richard T. Moore, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing....Now that the politicians are sticking their noses in the Massachusetts Health Care Honey Pot again, I wonder if some reporter covering the Romney Campaign will ask the former governor if he still likes his health care plan?
During testimony, Moore said he endorsed a proposal to require that businesses pay at least 50 percent of the premiums for employees' health insurance if they want to avoid a penalty of up to $295 per employee. Currently, the requirement is 33 percent, set by the administration of former governor Mitt Romney. Two weeks ago, Moore asked the administration of Governor Deval Patrick to make the change.
If they don't, he said, "it's my intention that would be put into the statute." But he said there was no rush to do that.
Other changes proposed at the hearing included setting the maximum that anyone would have to pay for insurance at 10 percent of income. The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector, the state agency implementing the law, has set limits based only on premiums, and costs for many individuals and families are certain to top 10 percent.
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