A new study (released by Families USA) estimating the economic impact for businesses under Massachussets' new plan is today's real life example for why passing federal health care reform is almost impossible.
The study found that for every 1 company that suffers a net loss from the legislation, 18 will benefit. That's great news and an impressive ratio. But it also means businesses will still suffer, and that publicity is much too easy to capitalize on. Stories from across the state of mom and pop establishments going under will leave a stark impression that this legislation is unfair.
These anecdotes, though existing in a 1:18 ratio, will act like the frivolous lawsuits everyone reads about, and assume that tort reform is a mighty fix indeed. But in health care, myth is hard to fight.
Now, thankfully, Massachussets is a liberal state that recognizes some sacrifice is needed to get everyone covered. The rest of the country, however, does not look at small businesses closing so kindly. But between this and the Walmart bill, these renegade states might be able to tear a hole in our myths. Especially in contrast to Bush's won't-fix-a-thing-solution: HSAs.