We want Romneycare

English: Official portrait of US Senator Marco...

English: Official portrait of US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If the GOP are successful at some point in the future in repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), have they given any thought to the consequences? According to Marco Rubio, Americans can vote with their feet and leave Massachusetts to escape Romneycare. What if Congress repeals Obamacare and does not replace it? Midwesterners and New Yorkers may decide to retire in Massachusetts rather than Florida. If the trend to Massachusetts catches on and Massachusetts gains population and other states lose population, that will affect the census. Massachusetts will gain members of Congress and other states will lose Representatives. Eventually if carried to extremes, the US will have 49 states with one Representative each and Massachusetts will have 386 Representatives in Congress. In presidential elections, it will be only necessary to carry one state, Massachusetts.

Of course, other states will not permit this to happen. They will begin to offer their own versions of Romneycare, perhaps Romneycare Plus or Romneycare Advantage. Those states that resist offering healthcare will see their populations decrease and their representation in Congress decline. The GOP should be happy with this. They often want to give Federal programs to the states, starting what is usually a race to the bottom. Democrats like President Obama in his education reform often support a race to the top.