Poll: Mass. Health Reform, Trashed By Others, Supported By Residents

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WBUR's Martha Bebinger reports:

BOSTON — Across the national airwaves and on the Republican campaign trail, the Massachusetts coverage law that many now call “Romneycare” is routinely trashed. Here’s Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a debate last October:

"Romneycare has driven the cost of small business insurance premiums up by 14 percent over the national average in Massachusetts."

And from former Sen. Rick Santorum last month we heard, “it (Romneycare) was the basis of Obamacare and it was an abject failure.”

So you might think this drubbing would rub off on Massachusetts residents, about two-thirds of whom have consistently endorsed the state’s coverage plan since it passed in 2006. Not so. In the latest WBUR poll, 62 percent support the law and 33 percent oppose it.

Read the full WBUR report here.

This program aired on February 15, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.