How Will the New Massachusetts Health Care Bill Affect YOU?

>>> DID YOU KNOW THAT:

  • Most uninsured people will now have to buy their own insurance, without any or with very little financial support?
  • The Bill will not help the underinsured or those with poor quality insurance, including those on Medicare paying high out-of-pocket costs?
  • It will not attempt to reduce the costs of health insurance for individuals and businesses paying the highest prices in the world?

>>> DID YOU KNOW THAT:

  • 40 percent of the uninsured in Massachusetts, the 292,000 who earn more than three times the poverty level income, will be forced to purchase their own health insurance without any help or subsidies from the state? Poor quality health insurance for an individual three times the poverty line will cost them 20 percent of their total income.
  • The Bill raises only $170 million per year in new spending to help subsidize 748,000 uninsured people in Massachusetts? This is not enough to pay for even poor quality health care for 45,000 people. All other funds used by the Bill are a shell game, most taken out of Free Care – which provides medically necessary health services for the uninsured – and moved into more wasteful plans run by for-profit insurance companies.
  • This Bill, which will affect the lives of hundreds of thousands, was bought and paid for by healthcare industry lobbyists? Industry lobbyists spent over $7.5 million in lobbying expenses this year to make this Bill work for them, which it does: forcing uninsured individuals into the private insurance market will create a massive expansion of business and profit for insurers, without reforming the system of waste and discriminatory health care access for Massachusetts residents.

>>> DID YOU KNOW THAT: every developed nation in the world offers comprehensive health care for all of its residents, except the United States? And they pay less for it? Let’s organize together against these attempts to shift health care costs onto low-income people, and let’s fight for the universal, quality health care that we know is possible!