Obama Expected To Link Mass., Federal Health Laws
When President Barack Obama lands in Boston to talk about the federal health insurance overhaul today, he'll be hoping to draw parallels with Massachusetts' landmark 2006 health law.
Obama's message: Be patient.
When Massachusetts first passed its law, the rate of people signing up grew only sluggishly. As deadlines approached, the pace picked up. And today, the law remains popular and provided a blueprint for Obama's law.
But the Massachusetts law never faced the kind of high-profile computer woes plaguing the federal law. It also never faced the predictions of failure the federal law has.
In part that's because Massachusetts' law had a wide array of supporters, including Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, who signed it into law; the Democratic-led Legislature and the business and health care communities.
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