- The most basic plans will cost a lot less than expected, at about $170 in the Boston area for the 35-37 bracket (the average age of people in this state without insurance is 37).
- Younger people, who earn less, will also have cheaper plans available (and are more likely to be subsidized).
- There are other plans available without the burdensome deductibles.
- A huge portion of people who will get health care through the state will have heavily subsidized rates; many people that don't need to be subsidized could probably afford the better plans.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying this health care plan is perfect. However, it's a start - a pretty good one at that. Not only could it save this state money in the long run, it could just save hundreds of lives every year - and if it does that, it can't be a bad thing. This new health care plan isn't a fraud; it's the start of a new beginning in Massachusetts.
Update: According to this commenter, who uses NPR's CommonHealth as a source, regular check-ups and other preventative care visits will have low or no-cost deductibles - which means that the high deductibles for the basic plans would hardly be a constraint for most people. That's good news if I've ever heard any (and my, Deval got us a sweet deal out of his negotiations if that's true.)