Today’s Wall Street Journal has some great statistics on the success of RomneyCare in Massachusetts.
- Average wait time for a routine checkup with an internist: 48 days
- Time to secure an appointment with a gastroenterologist for chronic heartburn: 43 days, up from 36 last year
- Time to secure an appointment with an OB/GYN: 41 days, up from 34 last year
The numbers are going up, Up, UP! This is good news, right?
No! Putting this in terms President Tee Time can understand, lower scores are better.
The Journal also reports another grim milestone: “fewer than half of the state’s primary care practices are accepting new patients, down from 70% in 2007, before former Governor Mitt Romney’s health-care plan came online.” So everyone in Massachusetts has “Health Care”, they just have an increasingly difficult time finding a doctor.
You’d think with the lack of access to care that costs would be falling, but you’d be wrong. Massachusetts’ health insurance premiums continue to rank among the highest in the country, and the only way this trend is likely to reverse is from ObamaCare closing the gap by increasing the costs for everyone else.