BOSTON (CBS) – I’ve covered politics long enough to know there’s often a gap between what the news media obsesses about when an important bill is in the spotlight – who’s for it, who’s against it, which side has the upper hand, and so on – and what the average citizen really cares about – how is this going to affect me and mine?
That’s human nature, and it’s really the question both the politicians and the press should be focused on as well.READ MORE: NH State Police Release Video Of SUV Wanted In Hit And Run That Killed Retired Sgt. Donna Briggs
So as the confusing, bitterly-contested Graham-Cassidy health care reform bill lurches toward a possible vote next week in the Senate, I spoke with a well-respected expert on health care reform, Jon Kingsdale, then-Governor Romney’s choice to be the first director of the Massachusetts Health Connector the cornerstone of the landmark health reform here.
I asked him – you spent all day building an elaborate sandcastle on the beach and somebody comes along and kicks it over, is that what this is?READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
“Absolutely. It feels like retribution almost,” Kingsdale said. “We either find a way to do pretty much what we’re doing now in terms of covering most people with fairly good benefits for a lot less money, which means taking it right out of the pockets of hospitals and doctors and health plans – so you can imagine the food fight – or finding one of the many ways to sort of squeeze people, to squeeze consumers.”
It makes you wonder – whatever the flaws of Obamacare, and there are many, is this really better for you and yours?MORE NEWS: It Happens Here: Dunstable's Little Red Schoolhouse Is An Up-Close Lesson In History