The Boston Globe is reporting that, in a show of his Republican colors, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will sign the new health bill, but veto the employer assessment (you know, the paltry $295?).
This bill is shaped with the assumption that the vast majority of employers will not drop coverage of their employees. It does not make plans for what to do (and in particular, how they would pay for it) if that is the case. $295 is significantly lower than originally proposed, and that number is already causing uneasiness.
Fortunately, there are more than enough Democrats to override Romney's veto. But it still sends a message that employers shouldn't be punished for not providing insurance. If you're like me, and you want to uncouple the employer-insurance relationship, that's just fine. But MA hasn't planned for it, and who knows how they'll handle it if there's an exodus of employers from the system.
It's never good to leave people without a parachute, and if Romney had his way we might see a lot of people crashing to the ground as their insurance is pulled out from under them.