Wednesday, January 04, 2012


As we've previously remarked, MassCare's health insurance mandate lacks any real teeth. One reason for that is, of course, that the penalty for failing to purchase health insurance is a joke.

So what's the Bay State's answer?

"Massachusetts residents who do not have health insurance would face a higher financial penalty in 2012 ... the maximum penalty ... would be $105 for each month that an individual is not covered by health insurance"

Seriously? A hundred bucks?

Call that one a bargain and move on.

Oh, and how's that whole mandate working out?

Well, there's this:

"[T]he U.S. Census Bureau reported that at 5% ...Massachusetts had the lowest uninsured rate of any U.S. state."

Sounds good, right?

Aye, but here's the rub:

"Doc Shortages and Rising Health Care Costs"


[Hat Tip: FoIB Holly R]
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