The higher insurance costs undermine a key tenet of the state’s landmark health care law passed two years ago, as well as President Obama’s effort to overhaul health care. In addition to mandating insurance for most residents, the Massachusetts bill sought to rein in health care costs. With Washington looking to the Massachusetts experience, fears about higher costs have become a stumbling block to passing a national health care bill.
It didn't work in Tennessee or Hawaii, either.
Since it hasn't worked in any state in which it's been tried, why, oh why, would anyone think it would work nationally?