Signature sponsorships key bills introduced by Barack Obama Barack Obama on Abortion Teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows. Jan ObamaCare asks insurance companies to provide contraceptives.
Inauguration[ edit ] Romney's swearing in as governor used the same Bible that his father George Romney had used when he was sworn in as the Governor of Michigan.
To close the deficit, he asked for, and was granted by the state legislature, emergency powers under the existing Section "9C" authority in state law to make unilateral cuts in the fiscal year budget. On such an emergency timetable, there's just time for cuts.
The cuts included caps in payments to medical providers one example being through limiting payments for hospital stays to 20 days, no matter how sick the patientincreased stringency of the criteria for Medicaid eligibility, and rationing of access to higher-priced medications for Medicaid patients.
He also expressed approval for state tax law changes that would permit communities to raise local sales taxes and fees if the local voters agreed. In addition to proposing reductions in payments to hospitals and nursing homes for care of Medicaid patients, and restrictions on Medicaid patients' access to prescription drugs and eligibility for nursing homes admission, Romney proposed that the low-income Medicaid patients be charged monthly fees for participation in the program, along with co-payments for visits to doctors' offices.
Fee increases[ edit ] In addition to spending cuts, Romney and the legislature relied heavily on fee increases to help balance the budgets throughout Romney's term, more aggressively pursuing a revenue source that the legislature had already begun to draw upon to close a deep deficit during the year prior to Romney's election.
Reflecting on his administration's response to the fiscal crisis, Romney would declare, "We have successfully closed the largest deficit in our state's history without raising taxes.
The combined state and local tax burden in Massachusetts increased during Romney's governorship. Even though the state had collected a record-breaking amount of tax revenue in the fiscal year,  the funds were needed to cover the increased spending. Romney vetoed the transfer of funds from the contingency account.
The veto was overturned by the legislature, and indeed for the budget, all line-item vetoes were overturned, and for the entire year ofall of Romney's vetoes of legislative bills were subsequently overturned by the Massachusetts Legislature.
The problem here is not revenues; the problem is overspending. The level of spending which we're looking at would put us on the same road to financial crisis and ruin that our commonwealth has been down before. Unemployment and new jobs creation[ edit ] Romney's term as governor fell during a respite between two nationwide economic recessions.
Massachusetts was losing manufacturing jobs, and, with an economy heavily dependent on the technology sector, had been badly shaken by the dot-com bubble collapse.
Senator from Massachusetts Edward M. Kennedywho had made universal health coverage his life's work, gave Romney's plan a positive reception, which encouraged Democratic legislators to work with it.
The bill established a regulatory authority called the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority to implement the law and establish insurance standards. For residents below certain income thresholds and without adequate employer insurance, state subsidies were established, by using funds previously designated to compensate for the health costs of the uninsured.
The fund's revenue comes from an annual assessment on employers, insurance providers and hospitals, plus contributions of state and federal tax dollars. Governor Romney's plan redirects money from this fund to subsidize health insurance costs for low-income residents of Massachusetts.
The Romney Administration consulted with Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber to study the state's population and health care needs. They determined that there was enough money in the "free care pool" to implement the Governor's plans, but that it would require more people to buy health insurance at full price in order to pay into the subsidized fund.
The assessment is intended to equalize the contributions to the free care pool from employers that offer and do not offer coverage.
The General Court also rejected Romney's provision allowing high-deductible health plans. People ask me if this is conservative or liberal, and my answer is yes.
It's liberal in the sense that we're getting our citizens health insurance. It's conservative in that we're not getting a government takeover. Regarding the achievement gap in public education, Romney has said, "I really believe that the failure of our urban schools and, in some cases our suburban schools, to help minority students achieve the levels that are necessary for success in the workplace is the civil rights issue of our time.
He also supported English immersion classes for students that cannot speak English and opposed bilingual education. Romney voiced his opposition to retroactive pay increases for public employees although the raises had previously been agreed to then vetoed by his predecessor.
Bulger said that his resignation was the result of "a calculated political assault" on him, largely by the governor. Romney, who had called for Bulger's resignation and the elimination of the UMass presidency as a cost-cutting move, denied that he had been personally targeting the former state senate president.We asked participants to respond to one or more of three questions: 1) Should people who defend the right to life of the unborn and the dying call themselves “whole-life” or “consistent-life” rather than “pro .
This is the last Rationally Speaking post, folks! It has been a long and fascinating ride. It began back in , before blogs were a thing, with what at the time I called a (syndicated) internet column, and which became a blog in August Romney was at the forefront of a movement to bring near-universal health insurance coverage to the state, after a business executive told him at the start of his term that doing so would be the best way he could help people and after the federal government, due to the rules of Medicaid funding, threatened to cut $ million in those payments to Massachusetts if the state did not reduce the.
Many Climate Scientists Have Unintentionally Aided and Abetted Climate Alarmists. By Dr. Alan Carlin One of the most curious aspects of the climate debate is that almost no one insists on mathematically rigorous tests of the major hypotheses that are involved.
This is the last Rationally Speaking post, folks! It has been a long and fascinating ride. It began back in , before blogs were a thing, with what at the time I called a (syndicated) internet column, and which became a blog in August The political positions of Mitt Romney have been recorded from his U.S.
senatorial campaign, the gubernatorial election, during his – governorship, during his U.S. presidential campaign, in his book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, and during his U.S. presidential r-bridal.com of these political positions have changed, while others have remained.