Government requires you to buy insurance? Check.

Price controls on insurance premiums? Check.

Subsidies for people to buy insurance? Check.

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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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