Some are not re-enrolling in the Massachusetts health plan...are they criminals? How do you get blood from a turnip? BD
"So far, we've been able to insulate the quality of care from the financial damage," he adds, "but that can't go on forever. There are winners and losers in this equation and we're losers."
Walczak says half of his patients were uninsured three years ago, but they were covered by the Massachusetts Uncompensated Care Pool, the old system that handled such people. Also, the first 50,000 of the uninsured put into the new program last year are completing year one. Over half of them have not signed up again as they're required to do. Many, Walczak notes, never signed up in the first place and have no idea what to do now.
So what's going to happen to a criminal like me, or the 26-year-old criminal struggling in a start-up, or the criminal restaurant cook? Will we be dragged off in the middle of the night by storm troopers and thrown in the clink? Will the state garnish our wages and hasten our descent into bankruptcy?