Diary

Bay Staters already have government-run health care, and they’ve had enough

Rick Scott deserves a lot of credit for being one of the first to raise money and fight against Obamacare. Glad to have him back for his perspective on MA. — Erick

Two different post-mortems from last night’s epic election are in, here and here, and the picture is crystal-clear: stopping government-run health care was by far the number one factor in Scott Brown’s history-making run for the Senate. By large margins, voters said their number one issue was stopping Congress from passing Obamacare. Via Politico:

Fifty-two percent of Bay State voters who were surveyed as the polls closed said they opposed the federal health care reform measure and 42 percent said they cast their ballot to help stop President Obama from passing his chief domestic initiative.

But what’s even more instructive is where the message came from: Massachusetts, a state that is already suffering from the shortcomings of a government-run health care system. Bay Staters are currently experiencing the prolonged waits common in Canada and they’ve seen their premiums rise to the highest in the country. Had this election happened in any other state, even a liberal state, without a government-run health system, the message would be, “We don’t want the reforms that Congress is pushing.” But coming from Massachusetts, a liberal state used as a model for the current health care legislation, the message has so much more…gravitas.

Bay Staters said it loud and clear last night: “We know all about government-run health care, and we’ve had enough.”