(Image source: The Boston Globe / David L. Ryan)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

 

 

What to do when your signature legislative achievement hangs in the balance …  


… head to its birthplace, of course. (Via The Boston Globe

 

Obama is aiming to draw parallels between the 2006 health care law Mitt Romney signed as Massachusetts governor and his own. (Via CBS

 

Both Obamacare and Romneycare, as they’ve been dubbed, mandate that everyone have coverage in some form. (Via ABC)

 

You probably remember, during the 2012 campaign Obama was fond of invoking Romney’s law.

“the guy I'm running against tried this in Massachusetts and it's working just fine.”(Via Politico
 

 

As for his message this time around — his own law deserves the same bipartisan support Romneycare got seven years ago amid its slow rollout.  


Problem is, Romney’s law was a compromise reached with the state legislature’s Democratic majority. Both sides worked together after the bill was passed to tweak it. (Via Biography

 

The same can’t be said for Obamacare, which passed without a single Republican vote. (Via C-SPAN

 

Given the shaky status of the website, critics are questioning whether there will be enough time to sign up insurance before the penalties kick in in March.  


In Massachusetts, people had 10 months to sign up for insurance before getting hit with a penalty. With the national law, it’s six months. (Via CNN

 

White House officials point out a majority of Massachusetts residents waited until the very last minute to sign up for their insurance. Only 123 enrolled in the first month the law went into effect. (Via The White House

 

And more than 20 percent signed up in the last month of enrollment. The White House won’t say how many people have successfully enrolled in its program.

 

Jonathan Gruber is the MIT economist who helped design both laws. He told reporters Tuesday to be patient: “The success of health care reform needs to be measured in months and years, not days and weeks …  We didn’t freak out about daily or weekly movements. And we recognized this would ramp up slowly.”(Via National Journal


A recent poll by a Massachusetts physician group found more than 80 percent of the state’s residents are satisfied with the program. A Gallup poll released in August found 45 percent the American public approves of the Affordable Care Act.

What Romneycare's Got to Do With Obamacare

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Oct 30, 2013

What Romneycare's Got to Do With Obamacare

(Image source: The Boston Globe / David L. Ryan)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

 

 

What to do when your signature legislative achievement hangs in the balance …  


… head to its birthplace, of course. (Via The Boston Globe

 

Obama is aiming to draw parallels between the 2006 health care law Mitt Romney signed as Massachusetts governor and his own. (Via CBS

 

Both Obamacare and Romneycare, as they’ve been dubbed, mandate that everyone have coverage in some form. (Via ABC)

 

You probably remember, during the 2012 campaign Obama was fond of invoking Romney’s law.

“the guy I'm running against tried this in Massachusetts and it's working just fine.”(Via Politico
 

 

As for his message this time around — his own law deserves the same bipartisan support Romneycare got seven years ago amid its slow rollout.  


Problem is, Romney’s law was a compromise reached with the state legislature’s Democratic majority. Both sides worked together after the bill was passed to tweak it. (Via Biography

 

The same can’t be said for Obamacare, which passed without a single Republican vote. (Via C-SPAN

 

Given the shaky status of the website, critics are questioning whether there will be enough time to sign up insurance before the penalties kick in in March.  


In Massachusetts, people had 10 months to sign up for insurance before getting hit with a penalty. With the national law, it’s six months. (Via CNN

 

White House officials point out a majority of Massachusetts residents waited until the very last minute to sign up for their insurance. Only 123 enrolled in the first month the law went into effect. (Via The White House

 

And more than 20 percent signed up in the last month of enrollment. The White House won’t say how many people have successfully enrolled in its program.

 

Jonathan Gruber is the MIT economist who helped design both laws. He told reporters Tuesday to be patient: “The success of health care reform needs to be measured in months and years, not days and weeks …  We didn’t freak out about daily or weekly movements. And we recognized this would ramp up slowly.”(Via National Journal


A recent poll by a Massachusetts physician group found more than 80 percent of the state’s residents are satisfied with the program. A Gallup poll released in August found 45 percent the American public approves of the Affordable Care Act.

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