Brown and Romney dance around Mass reform

 In a Globe op-ed this morning, Scott Brown said he supports repeal of some parts of the health reform bill – mandates and medical device fees among them. He wants to give states the right to opt out and supports the following measures, which he says will effectively control raging healthcare costs:

We should replace the worst parts of this legislation with solutions that would actually lower costs and improve the quality of care — such as allowing individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, measures that will prevent waste, fraud and abuse, support for increased prevention and wellness programs, and reforms to limit costly litigation and defensive medicine.

I am working on legislation that would allow states to opt out of this federal health care bill because states need flexibility, not a federal government takeover of health care. Instead, individual states should have the flexibility to solve the health care problems in a way that is best for their specific state, similar to the approach we took in Massachusetts that has resulted in a state-specific plan that covers 98 percent of our citizens without raising taxes.

Another national Republican who helped create the Mass plan, Mitt Romney, was also trying to come up with a way to explain his change of heart and back again. Also from the Globe.

AMES, Iowa — Mitt Romney offered an enthusiastic defense last night of the comprehensive health care law he helped create four years ago in Massachusetts, even as he pointed to crucial distinctions between it and a similar national program enacted last week by Democrats.

“Overall, ours is a model that works,’’ Romney said in response to a question after a speech at Iowa State University. “We solved our problem at the state level. Like it or not, it was a state solution. Why is it that President Obama is stepping in and saying ‘one size fits all’ ’’?

Joan Vennochi opines for The Globe.

Both comments come just two weeks after a long list of witnesses said rising costs will destroy the Mass Plan.

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