'Free' Health Insurance Leads to Rationing, Reduction in Quality

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Tuesday, August 7, 2012

'Free' Health Insurance Leads to Rationing, Reduction in Quality

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal had an excellent editorial called "Romneycare 2.0." It was about the inevitable cost increases and rationing of the Massachusetts health care systems enacted when Romney was governor and which he still defends, though he opposes it for the nation.

The state legislature last week passed a "cost containment" measure because 79 percent of the newly insured are on public programs and the state can't afford to pay for them all.

Fifty-four percent of that state's budget will be consumed this year just on giving people so-called "free insurance" and the care that goes with it. Massachusetts now spends more on health care than any other state.

As the Journal notes, it's only a matter of time if Obamacare is not repealed before the country faces the same challenges -- too many people getting so-called "free" insurance, which the government can't afford and so must employ cost-cutting measures, which will include rationing and a reduction in quality. Any questions?

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: August 7, 2012