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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' pioneering health care system, which requires nearly everyone to carry insurance or face fines, is about to be put to the test by this bad economy.
Unemployment in the state has climbed over the past three years from around 4.8 percent to close to 7 percent, meaning 72,000 more people are out of work now than when the law was signed in 2006. Many of the newly jobless may have to buy their own insurance.
Will they do it? Will the state penalize those who don't? And will this recession-battered state be able to bear the added costs of supporting the program?
With the Obama administration hoping to expand health care nationally, the fate of Massachusetts' program is being watched closely.
I have to ask the obvious... if you don't have a job chances are you going to have trouble taking care of the basics such as food, heat, utility bills etc. How are they going to afford the added cost of Healthcare? Having said that how is the state going to justify fining these people if they don't cough up the money they may very well might not have?