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.

  • Mats

    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)..