Rom­ney out­lines stance on Mass. health law, ACA

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

Prospec­tive Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mitt Rom­ney em­braced the health­care law he signed as gov­er­nor of Mas­sachusetts, even as he sought to con­trast that law and his new pro­posal for a na­tional health­care over­haul with the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Affordable Care Act. “This was a state de­ci­sion,” Rom­ney said about the 2006 Mas­sachusetts mea­sure in a highly touted na­tional ad­dress on health­care at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan, Ann Ar­bor. “Other states could make a dif­fer­ent choice.” Rom­ney ex­plic­itly re­jected Demo­cratic claims that he must sup­port the 2010 fed­eral health­care law be­cause it was par­tially mod­eled on the Mas­sachusetts mea­sure and the in­sis­tence of some con­ser­va­tives that he re­nounce the Mas­sachusetts mea­sure be­cause it in­cluded con­tro­ver­sial pro­vi­sions, such as an in­di­vid­ual man­date. He out­lined his plan to re­place “Oba­macare” that would al­low peo­ple to carry in­di­vid­ual in­surance poli­cies be­tween em­ploy­ers, al­low pur­chases across state lines and cap mal­prac­tice dam­age awards. The pro­vi­sions likely to gen­er­ate the most con­tro­versy in­clude chang­ing Med­i­caid to a block-grant pro­gram and nar­row­ing pro­tec­tions against in­surance de­nials for pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions.

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