Hi guys. Frequent reader, occasional poster. First off, thanks to all who have created this new forum. It's amazing how similar it is to the old board and I'm so glad it was able to be replicated. I would have really missed it if it went away.
Anyway - in addition to some great Celtics talk, I know there are always a lot of spirited political discussions here and I find it entertaining to read everyone's views. That's what led me to post this topic.
I was wondering what those here think of MA ballot question 1, which would impose a government-mandated ratio for the amount of patients a nurse could care for. As someone who is almost always on the more liberal side of things, I find this question to be one example of where I'm firmly in the camp of not giving the government more control.
Having someone close who works in health care, I have been told this mandate, should it pass, could financially cripple an already fragile health care system. I saw an article recently that said this would cost roughly $1 billion annually, forcing many hospitals to reduce services, incur layoffs or even close outright.
If some or all of the is true, how could something like this even make its way onto the ballot, let alone pass? Just curious to get everyone's thoughts.