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As you know by now the debate over health care reforms been raging on Capitol Hill with the fight over how to fix it.
As well as how to pay for it not just an issue in Washington perhaps nowhere has the situation become more dire than in Massachusetts.
The commonwealth has universal coverage that means every resident is required to have some form of health insurance something many democratic lawmakers want for the whole country.
But health care costs in the commonwealth are astronomical.
Second only to Connecticut.
Premiums have risen almost every year for two decades.
Molly Line is live in Boston with more -- When Johnson the inception of this universal health care program in Massachusetts the big question has been.
How are you going to pay for -- right now Massachusetts is facing a big budget shortfall.
And the decision's been made by lawmakers to essentially cut some people from the program 30000.
Legal tax paying immigrant.
Are going to be cut from the program because essentially Massachusetts doesn't receive matching federal funds for that group cutting them from the state subsidized program will save an estimated.
The governor's urging lawmakers to come up with some sort of compromise does still cover this group but to a lesser extent analyst cost.
We're talking about our hardworking taxpaying.
Residents who are contributing to the system and we think it's only fair.
If health care for all is really for all.
Health care advocates are given an increase in uninsured residents won't reduce cost just shift the burden -- medical providers Boston Medical Center announced this week.
But it is now suing the state of Massachusetts over the universal health car and help -- law.
-- complaint argues that the state is underfunding their hospital by failing to cover enough of the cost for Medicaid for the commonwealth care program.
Ever those that are still uninsured they say there only being reversed -- reimbursed.
For 64 cents on the dollar truthfully this is an evolving system the political will in Massachusetts exists to keep universal health care.
Up and going right now the challenges for lawmakers to find the money John Molly Line in Boston thank you today.
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