Government requires you to buy insurance? Check.

Price controls on insurance premiums? Check.

Subsidies for people to buy insurance? Check.

Each of these items, discussed in Congress, have been implemented in Massachusetts. The results: More people have an insurance card, but time to see a doctor has gone up and officials are talking about rationing.

Michael F. Cannon explains some parallels in a Detroit News Op-Ed. He sees massive cost overruns and some shady financial management: “Had state officials not done their level best to hide those costs — the individual mandate pushed 60% of the cost off-budget, while expanding eligibility for Medicaid pushed another 20% onto the federal budget — no one would be hailing Massachusetts as a model.”

Cross-posted from State House Call.

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