Mass. Taxpayers Foundation: Health Reform Gets Bang For The Buck


When the cost-conscious Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation tells you something is a good deal — or as my Boston-accented dad likes to say, a bah-gain — you can be pretty sure you're getting your money's worth.

WBUR's Martha Bebinger reports that the group has just put out a new report on Massachusetts health reform that could act as an important corrective for claims on the national political scene that the reform has been a budget-buster. Read her full report here. It begins:

Outside Massachusetts, talk show hosts and politicians frequently blast the state’s health coverage law as a “budget buster.”

“It has been an abject failure,” Senator Rick Santorum told the audience during a presidential primary debate in January, directing his comments towards former Mass. Gov. Mitt Rommey. “He’s stood by the fact that it’s $8 billion more expensive than the current law.”

That’s just one of the myths the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) hopes to debunk with a report out Friday. The facts will help. Michael Widmer, president of the MTF, says the state has spent just $91 million more a year since 2006 to cover the uninsured than it was spending before the law passed.

“That’s a very tiny additional costs to taxpayers for huge benefits,” argues Widmer. “No way can one say that this has been anything close to a budget buster. The facts put a lie to this myth.”

This program aired on April 13, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.



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