Not Surprising… Romneycare Cost Massachusetts More Than 18,000 Jobs

Well this won’t help Mitt any but it really is not a surprise.
Romneycare cost Massachusetts more than 18,000 jobs.
The Boston Herald reported:

The Bay State’s controversial 2006 universal health-care plan — also known as “Romneycare” — has cost Massachusetts more than 18,000 jobs, according to an exclusive blockbuster study that could provide ammo to GOP rivals of former Gov. Mitt Romney as he touts his job-creating chops on the campaign trail.

“Mandating health insurance coverage and expanding the demand for health services without increasing supply drove up costs. Economics 101 tells us that,” said Paul Bachman, research director at Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute, the conservative think tank that conducted the study. The Herald obtained an exclusive copy of the findings.

“The ‘shared sacrifice’ needed to provide universal health care includes a net loss of jobs, which is attributable to the higher costs that the measure imposed,” said David Tuerck, the institute’s executive director.

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  • marcus aurelius

    If Mittens is the GOP nominee we are looking at a possibibility of four more years of a thorough marxist administration.

  • Finncrisp

    The first one to a bad idea has no more chance of success than Obama did . It has been said that the plan was changed after Romney left office, but the concept with the flaws remained the same.

    Barry was just leading from the rear when he forced Obamacare on us all. How’s that working out ?

  • theBuckWheat

    In 2010, the median US household income was $52,026. For every $1 million wasted by government, the entire annual income of 20 families is destroyed. The fact that Romney still defends his health care plan shows that he is not much different than Bush when it comes to understanding that the basis for our prosperity is liberty, private property, free exchange and minimal government.

  • Yeah, but Perry doesn’t believe in evolution!! So, there!


    i have a strange feeling we are gonna be fukked for a long long time no matter who gets in because every politician wnats to spend spend spend and all they do is lie about it..face it once voted into any form of government it becomes not what they can do for us our the country…but rather how long will it take them to line their own pockets so when they leave office they will be filthy rich and not care about the common folk

  • Sandy

    Hannity just said that the NY Times sources are saying that Obama is suffering from Clinical Depression.

  • Patty

    The mere fact that this is unconstitutional. Federal or State you may want to help those who can’t help themselves but enough of the gimmicks and playing around.

    Too many entitlements too many programs are failures. Start digging into the fraud right under you nose. It is there and there is another way to help with found money. And stop paying these politicians such exorbitant salaries.

    repeal Obama care and for Romney, he has excuses for everything.

  • Larkin

    Ahhh, but how many jobs did it SAVE?

  • Estragon

    Face it: no government is going to “create” any jobs other than government jobs. PERIOD.

    Romney should not run on job creation, it never was his strength. His strength is turning around failing operations, and layoffs is a major tool there. To turn around the federal government, we will need massive layoffs. All this huge spending boils down to salaries, benefits, and pensions for millions of people who sit around and do nothing but screw up the country.

  • surfcitysocal

    Just one more reason to not vote for Romney because of Romneycare. And let’s not forget that his whole states’-rights/I’ll-issue-an-executive-order scam is a total copout since states like California, where I live, will NEVER opt out. Please let this liar and faker get trounced in the primaries…please…along with his evil spawn, Huntsman.

  • retire05

    Romney was on O’Reilly and O’Reilly asked him if he thought Obamacare was constitutional. Romney said no, but when O’Reilly asked him if Romneycare in Massachussets was constitutional, Romney said that yes, it was, according to the Massachussets constitution.

    Point taken, Mitt, but if the Massachussets constitution allows for forcing people to buy a product they may not want, I think I’ll stay out of it and would suggest your citizens seek a state that doesn’t, like Missouri. (Besides the fact that Missouri is beautiful).

  • bg


    36th :: Texas :: 2010

    Debt per capita: $8,711 (36th)
    Unemployment rate: 8.3% (24th)
    Home price change (2006-2009): 10.4% (16th)
    Median household income: $48,259 (25th)

    The second most populous state in the nation, Texas scores fairly average in most categories. But there are two areas where Texas places dead last. The Lone Star State has the lowest percentage of its 25 and older population with a high school diploma — one in every five fails to obtain a high school education. Also, 23.8% of its population does not have health insurance, the worst rate in the country.

    19th :: Massachusetts :: 2010

    19th :: Massachusetts
    Debt per capita: $14,079 (49th)
    Unemployment rate: 8.8% (26th)
    Home price change (2006-2009): -8.6% (44th)
    Median household income: $64,081 (6th)

    Massachusetts falls in the middle of our rankings, not because it is either high or low in its metrics overall, but because it does very well by some measurements and very poorly by others. It is third in GDP per capita, seventh in poverty level, sixth in median household income, and, at has the smallest percentage of its residents without health care coverage. On the other hand, it is 49th in debt per capita, at $14,079 for each citizen, and it had the sixth-worst decline in home value from 2006 to 2009.

    Our ruling

    [As with many of the claims we check, there are two elements to Axelrod’s
    claim. He is saying that 1) Massachusetts ranked 47th in job growth and
    2) suggesting that Romney is to blame.

    We find he is right about the numbers. Indeed, federal jobs numbers
    indicate that, no matter how we sliced the data, the state was 47th.

    But we found little evidence to support the other part of Axelrod’s claim,
    that Romney is responsible for those jobs numbers. Economists told us
    that it’s a stretch to blame or credit
    Romney or any governor for job
    Overall, we find Axelrod’s claim Half True.]


  • bg
  • bg


    oops re: #12 September 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm bg

    link re: 19th :: Massachusetts :: 2010

    re: #13 September 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm bg

    Massachusetts State Scorecard #7

    Massachusetts Child Health Scorecard #1


  • Gary

    I saw that too
    Then Krauthammer said exactly what I was thinking.
    Romney continues to address the question of the legality of implementing Romneycare, but doen’t address the “why”.
    In this way, it’s more like the Ground Zero Mosque.

  • bg


    re: #12 September 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm bg

    “Mitt Romney took office during a recession when the state was losing
    thousands of jobs every month,” Fehrnstrom wrote in an e-mail. “He
    not only stopped the job losses, but ended his four years in office with
    positive numbers on the board. If you go back and look at the last 10
    years, it was a lost decade for job growth in Massachusetts. The only
    bright spot was Mitt Romney’s term as governor. Both his predecessor
    and his successor posted job losses.”

    bottom line reality, then as it is now, neither here nor there..

    but if you simply can’t resist touting Axlerod, Dhimmi & DNC talking
    points, what can i say, except for maybe, remember the LGF!! 😀


  • logicfirst


    California used to rank 6th in the nation for literacy – today it is ranked last. Why? Illegal immigration.
    So your links are meaningless in the context of comparing a northeastern state with a micro immigrant population compared to Texas with one of the largest illegal immigrant populations. Poorly educated people from a poor country that did not receive adequate schooling or medical care are going to drag down a state’s statistics!
    Here is a dose of what unchecked illegal immigration can do to a state

    Almost 1 in 4 adults in California have such poor literacy skills they cannot follow a simple newspaper article, a federal study released Thursday said.
    The estimated 23 percent of adults with very low literacy in California is higher than any other state.

    The most recent estimates showed 1 in 5 people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties had very low levels of literacy, about double the 1992 estimates.

    Rapid growth in the immigrant population in California was likely the key reason why California slipped to last place in the literacy rates, said Debra Jones, administrator of the adult education office for the California Department of Education.

    About 27 percent of California residents are foreign-born, according to the Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey.

    See the connection? 23% of the Californian population with low literacy and 27% of the state’s population is foreign born. Texas has the same problem and it is the influx of the 3rd world causing the problem.

  • joe monty

    Besides this disaster we must not forget how Gov Ruinme repeatedly presented himself as a conservative in Mass while promising and delivering everything the militant gay lobby wanted. He was two-faced and smarmy. He even told Mass officials to enforce a law that did not exist yet. Margaret Marshall who was supposed to excuse herself from ruling on the case for attending a homosexual fundraiser ruled that within 150 days the state legislature must create a so-called homosexual marriage bill. They never did so! To this day there is no so-called same- sex marriage LAW on the books in MASS! Yet everyone pretends there is. No doubt about it Gov Ruinme is just as wacky a liberal as the loser we are stuck with now.

  • bg


    Mitt Romney Explains the Differences
    Between Obamacare and Romneycare


    Governorship of Mitt Romney

    [Romney said of the measure overall, “There really wasn’t Republican or Democrat in this. People ask me if this is conservative or liberal, and my answer is yes. It’s liberal in the sense that we’re getting our citizens health insurance. It’s conservative in that we’re not getting a government takeover.” The law was the first of its kind in the nation and became the signature achievement of Romney’s term in office. When Romney’s official portrait was made for the Massachusetts State House, the composition included a leather binder with a medical seal representing the healthcare legislation.]

    Massachusetts health care reform

    [standard disclaimer: source Wikipedia]

    btw, it evidently worked for MA, check the stats
    in post #14 September 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm bg..


  • bg


    logicfirst #17 September 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    newsflash, yes, immigration is a problem,
    it’s just not exclusive with border states..

    besides, Perry is an “open borders” proponent..

    yeah, i know, it’s all about educacion, si se peiude!! /s/

    btw, every state was judged by the same exact standards, so don’t
    go telling me “it isn’t what it is” and making excuses.. find you own
    stats including all your criteria, just don’t make them up on order to
    degrade a fair & balanced cold hard facts & stats, and lets not forget Perry was for HillaryCare (which i dare say outdoeth RomneyCare,
    not to mention ObamaCare)..


  • daryl

    Yeah, that Perry is a bugger bear, alright.

  • Ron

    bg: Take a xanax dude. We get it, Romney is your girl. You are not changing anybody’s mind here recycling Bill White, Rove and KBH talking points . I prefer Governor Perry There are those who never will accept Governor Perry, and I accept that. Just like there are a lot more of us who will never accept Romney. Deal with it or come up with something new that you haven’t dug out of somene elses trash or stfu. You’re worse than the PCH spam that shows up in my spam filter.

  • JR

    Neither candidate is perfect. I am not going to knock either Republican candidate. They are both far superior to the dipwad in office now.

  • bg


    Ron #22 September 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    take your own advice..

    my preference is Palin (West, Bachmann, Cain, then Romney) is my
    candidate if she enters, until then i am not blindly supporting Perry
    the way the left supported Obama..

    btw, i’m an old lady, so stuff your opinions of
    me wherever you feel it most comfortable..


  • daryl

    She’s not running bg. This was their plan all along.
    The book (out next week) will sell to the libs who hate her like you hate Perry.
    The media will let it lie as long as she doesn’t announce, but shame on her if she
    does. Think about it.

  • bg


    daryl #25 September 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    lol on the book..

    bottom line:

    whether or not Sarah runs Perry is not my candidate..


  • bg


    ps re: #26 September 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm bg

    and i will continue to seek truth no
    matter where the cookie crumbles..


  • daryl

    Obama,Michelle, the two girls,Bo, mama, ahhhnty, and the druncle thanks you fo fo mo yeahs.

    To The Anyone But Perry Voters


  • daryl

    “btw, i’m an old lady, so stuff your opinions of
    me wherever you feel it most comfortable..”

    Definitely not the Aunt Bee type either. More like one of these.

  • bg


    irony of irony’s

    [She knew perfectly well that Perry continued to say that he had no
    interest in running, and she knew perfectly well that stories were coming
    out at the same time that Perry did not see a path to the nomination
    for himself if Palin were in the race

    Perry surprises Palin

    [“I was quite sure he wasn’t going to run because he was
    quite adamant about it about four months ago,” Palin said.
    “So it surprised me. Evidently, he evolved in his thinking.”]

    go figure..

    [Palin said Obama’s advice to the candidate showed “arrogance.”

    “I wish President Obama would stay focused on what matters,” she
    said in the interview. “Quit picking on other people like Rick Perry.”]

    i’m more than certain lots of heads will be exploding should, say
    Palin and Perry (or vice versa) win the nom.. aah, patience.. 😉


  • daryl
  • bg


    only 418 days until election 2012..


  • bg
  • daryl

    Know a lot about alinsky, do we bg?

  • bg


    daryl #34 September 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    lol, guess so..


  • Old Fan

    Oh Mr. Hoft, you jumped. This is based on a computer model, much like the same computer models Democrats used to advocate Global Warming. It is a very questionable study.

    I was no fan of the Mandate in MASS, but this is just more slant. Have you posted upon Perry’s deceit about the amount of money he took from Merck? How this probably produced the Executive Dictate to aid Merck?

    You jumped with Palin, Trump, Cain, etc., now you jump for Mr. Perry, a former Al Gore employee. Have you posted Romney’s excellent record in MASS besides the Health Care reform bill, which much like Christie challenged the entrenched Democratic Partisan failure?

    Your just doing it all over again. One fashionable push after another. And now you are pushing for a life long politician who comes from the Public Sector who worked for Al Gore and plays a facade with Our base. No doubt I will be open to Perry for the Primary still, but the lack of decency and objectivity towards Romney is just absurd. Really lackluster offerings, and the comments are filled with the same juvenile sophistry we watched before.

    Remember when these voices said “Boehner is the same as Pelosi”? You are enabling the same dysfunctional movement of fashionable image/identity. You are heading towards more Delaware flops. It is regretful, but all so overt and obvious.

  • bg


    Old Fan #36 September 16, 2011 at 6:40 am

    albeit i agree with your opinion to an extent..

    if for no other reason than your nose obstructing
    your view, you did not read all of the comments..

    but heh, your Alinksy tendecies don’t bother me either..

    Plain, West, Bachmann, Cain..


  • A right wing think tank produced this study and concluded what? Why, I’m shocked! I’m shocked I tell you! And you all swallow it because it’s what you wish to believe and are pre-conditioned to believe like the trained monkeys that you are!