Reuters reports a poll by Market Decisions on what the residents of Massachusetts think about MassCare (aka RomneyCare). A whopping 84% of them are satisfied with it.
Even after the damage that Deval Patrick and his Democrat cohorts have done to it.
The poll by Market Decisions, a research and consulting group, found that 84 percent of residents are satisfied with the Massachusetts plan, which requires most adults to have health insurance.
The state health plan, launched under former Governor Mitt Romney, was given high marks for the range of services and the quality of care offered, according to the poll.
The survey was conducted from October 19 to November 30 and had a margin of error of 3.7 percent. It was released by the Massachusetts Health Connector, which helps individuals find insurance coverage.
I have stated many times that the biggest difference between ObamaCare and MassCare is in the way they were constructed. Romney brought all sides to the table where everyone worked out their differences to their satisfaction. Nobody was 100% happy with it, but nearly everyone bought off on it. As a result, it was passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature with a majority of both parties supporting it. (The fact that it is only 72 pages certainly helped.) And the Massachusetts people still support it by a wide margin even to this day.
ObamaCare’s 2700 pages on the other hand, were formulated in secret; passed via legislative tricks, bribery, and extortion; and rammed down the protesting throats of the American people. THAT is the biggest difference between the two plans. It is not so much some “State vs. Federal rights” thingy that Romney has been touting so much recently. It is the fundamental American principle at the very heart of our nation, the consent of the people to be governed.
Americans like to be consulted, to feel part of the process of the making of laws. We don’t mind mandates if we have a say in the matter, and every law is a mandate in some form or the other. To have dictates rammed down our throats by an arrogant Congress and President against the expressed will of the people really sticks in our craw.
If Romney would emphasize THAT difference more than the federalism argument, I suspect it would work better for him.