Obama to Talk Romneycare Wednesday

The President will head to Massachusetts on the same day HHS Secretary Sebelius testifies before Congress on the ACA.

Obama speaks about the economy on July 11, 2011.
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Sam Baker
Oct. 28, 2013, 1:52 p.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama will head to Bo­ston on Wed­nes­day for a speech about “the im­port­ance of provid­ing all Amer­ic­ans with qual­ity, af­ford­able health in­sur­ance and the ex­per­i­ence in Mas­sachu­setts, which passed its bi­par­tis­an health care law in 2006,” the White House said Monday.

The Af­ford­able Care Act is nearly identic­al to the re­forms Mitt Rom­ney en­acted as Mas­sachu­setts gov­ernor. Both rely on an in­di­vidu­al man­date and an on­line ex­change where con­sumers can shop for cov­er­age.

In oth­er words, Obama will be mak­ing the case that the re­forms in his health care law should have bi­par­tis­an sup­port—on the same day House Re­pub­lic­ans on the En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee will be grilling Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­ret­ary Kath­leen Se­beli­us about the Health­Care.gov launch.


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