WBUR’s Martha Bebinger had another intriguing report about the health care conference committee, which apparently is likely to produce a bill within a couple of weeks.
The word is that DiMasi and Trav have become more personally involved. Trav has admitted the possibility of a personal mandate; and unfortunately, DiMasi seems to be no longer insisting on the non-insuring employers’ assessment.
Worse yet, one of the ways they’re considering to raise money is increasing the surcharge on those who do provide insurance.
Why, oh why, would you want to further punish those who do the right thing, and reward those who do the wrong thing? Does Dunkin’ Donuts deserve even more of our tax money? Wal-Mart? CVS? Is our system not perverse enough as it is?
So, there’s a short window of time to help out our friends in the business community who do insure, and ourselves as taxpayers. If you haven’t called your reps and senators, telling them to lean on the conferees, better do it soon: 617-722-2000.