To remove the threat of a public backlash, the state plans to exempt nearly 20 percent of uninsured adults from the state's new requirement that everyone have health insurance.Talk about a non-solution to a problem. The problem in insuring these brink cases is affordability. So, instead of the state actually fulfilling their promises to help with affordability, they're instead going to go into the realm of The Quasi. That way, they can still pat themselves on the back and say "we got Massachusetts Universal coverage," except they'll be lying lairs - liars who got quasi-universal coverage, coverage that fails to cover 20% of the people they sought to cover.
The proposal, expected to be approved by a state board today, is based on calculations that even the lowest-cost insurance would not be affordable for an estimated 60,000 people with low and moderate incomes who do not qualify for state subsidies. Forcing them to buy insurance or pay a penalty could jeopardize the rest of the state's initiative, officials said. Instead, the state board appears prepared to settle for near universal coverage, all but 1 percent of the state's population.
No one fool themselves: it's not universal insurance. It's also not acceptable.