National health care reform has been kicked, trashed and beaten so much — from left and right — that we forget what a success our law has been here.
- 98.1% of Massachusetts residents had health insurance coverage during the 2010 Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey (MHIS) period. This represents a statistically significant gain from spring 2009, when insurance coverage in the state was at 97.3%. Approximately 120,000 Massachusetts residents were found to be uninsured in the spring of 2010.
- The increase in health insurance coverage was driven largely by expanded coverage of children.
- Virtually all Massachusetts children had health insurance coverage in 2010 (99.8%). The uninsured rate for Massachusetts children fell from 1.9% in 2009 to 0.2% in 2010. At the time of the survey, about 3,300 children were uninsured.
- State survey findings have been validated by national survey data sources which find that Massachusetts has the highest health insurance coverage rate in the nation.
That's damned good, folks. Good faith criticisms are all fine and well, and of course we've got a huge problem of exploding health care costs, fueled by our delightfully fat-n'-happy academic hospitals who are busily building lovely glass towers up to the sky with your premium dollars.
No, the 2006 law was not the Make-Everything-Perfect-For-All-Time-And-Make-Me-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies Act.
But if you can't call this a major public policy and humane success … what exactly are you waiting for?
And would you not jump on the chance to export this to the rest of the country — as we pretty much did?
Our president and the Democrats in Congress who got health reform done, deserve credit. And on the local level, credit goes at least partly to Mitt Romney — whether he wants it or not.
(I'd like to point out that we have no public option in MA.)