Romney outlines stance on Mass. health law, ACA
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.