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Brown Pushes To Relax Health Insurance Regulations

State Senator Scott Brown is sponsoring legislation that would release health insurance plans in Massachusetts from covering some health care. He also said if he is elected to the U.S. Senate, he will vote against the health care reform making its way through Congress.

The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate said he opposes the health care plan passed by the Senate last week because Massachusetts already covers almost everyone. Brown also said Massachusetts should contain costs in its state health insurance program.

"One way to do that is ... by removing burdensome regulations that drive up the price of insurance policies," he said.

Brown is proposing to eliminate the requirement that health insurance plans cover in-vitro fertilization and chiropractic care. He said current regulations also place an undue burden on people who own their own businesses and must buy a minimum of prescription drug coverage.

Brown's Democratic opponent, Attorney General Martha Coakley, said Brown's legislation would also threaten coverage for hospice care, mammograms and bone marrow transplants for cancer patients.

This program aired on December 29, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

Fred Thys Twitter Reporter
Fred Thys reports on politics and higher education for WBUR.

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