Bill comes due for Rom­ney Care

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS EDITORIALS - —Wall Street Jour­nal

“The health re­form that Mitt Rom­ney passed in 2006 in Mas­sachusetts pre­saged Pres­i­dent (Barack) Obama’s, and its re­sults are show­ing what we can ex­pect na­tion­wide. The lat­est warn­ing comes in a huge new tax in­crease pro­posed by Gov­er­nor De­val Pa­trick.

The sec­ond-term Demo­crat fol­lowed his party’s re­cent habit and pro­posed an in­crease in the state’s sin­gle-rate in­come tax to 6.25% from 5.25%, the first in more than 20 years. The Bay State con­sti­tu­tion re­quires a flat rate, so the gov­er­nor is stick­ing it to all tax­pay­ers.

Mr. Pa­trick will try to add pro­gres­siv­ity by rais­ing the per­sonal ex­emp­tion, which tax­payer groups will chal­lenge as un­con­sti­tu­tional. His plan would also elim­i­nate 45 in­come-tax de­duc­tions, for such things as the cap­i­tal-gains ex­emp­tion on the sale of a home, adop­tion fees and col­lege schol­ar­ships. This is the left’s idea for tax re­form: raise rates and limit de­duc­tions—a rev­enue twofer.

Mr. Pa­trick says the money will fund the usual ar­ray of lib­eral pro­grams. But this is sales­man­ship to dis­guise that the state’s real spend­ing driver is the ex­plod­ing cost of Rom­ney Care. That law was sup­posed to save the state money.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.