Worth ReadingBy Jessica Van Sack
Treasurer Tim Cahill ripped Gov. Deval Patrick and President Obama this morning for health care initiatives that the independent gubernatorial hopeful alleged will â€œbankrupt the country in four years.â€
â€œLast week Gov. Patrick criticized me as â€˜missing in actionâ€™ on the issue of health care in Massachusetts,â€ Cahill said. â€œIn reality, Iâ€™ve been critical of Gov. Patrickâ€™s implementation and management of the Massachusetts universal health care program for a long time.â€
Cahill alleged the governor has â€œspent like weâ€™re in a booming economy at a time when weâ€™re experiencing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.â€
â€œIf President Obama and the Democrats repeat the mistakes of the health insurance mandate on a national level, they will bankrupt this country within four years,â€ Cahill said. â€œIt is time for the President and the Democratic leadership to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan that does not threaten to wipe out the American economy.â€
Cahillâ€™s call for a new plan resembled the statement made during US Sen. Scott Brownâ€™s insurgent campaign.
But even as he called for knocking down barriers that exist statewide and nationally to allow for-profit plans to compete with non-profit insurers, Cahill was short on specifics. He did say expensive mandates that require all health insurance plans cover certain benefits in the Bay State should be â€œon the table.â€
Cahill said he wants to â€œlevel the playing fieldâ€ among medical service providers, like community hospitals and big city hospitals that receive disparate reimbursement from insurers. Yet Cahill did not offer his own health care plan as he called for Congress to go back to the drawing board on its health care overhaul, and did not spell out what heâ€™d do as governor to solve the current health care crisis.
Standing in his state house office, Cahill insisted he was speaking as treasurer, not a candidate for governor. Cahill said he â€œfirmlyâ€ believes that health care is a right.
â€œBut as congress and President Obama prepare to ram though a government-run health care plan, they should heed the warnings about the way in which Gov. Patrick has managed the same model in Massachusetts,â€ Cahill, a former Democrat said.