Happy Birthday Health Law (With Cake For Romney)


On the 6th anniversary of the signing of the Massachusetts health reform law, Gov. Deval Patrick (who also serves as a co-chairman of President Obama's re-election campaign) took the opportunity to stick it to the likely GOP presidential nominee in remarks at Fanueuil Hall yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reports. There was even talk by national health law advocates of sending Romney (who signed the state health law on April 12, 2006 when he was governor of Massachusetts) a delicious gift to mark to occasion.

“I think he has a lot to be proud of, he contributed ideas, the individual mandate was one of them…why not be proud?” said Gov. Deval Patrick, a co-chair of President Barack Obama’s national re-election committee, referring to Mr. Romney’s support for the state’s requirement that individuals purchase insurance or pay a fee...

The event underscored how Democrats are trying to turn Mr. Romney’s health-insurance expansion into a political liability as he looks toward the general election. Activists who support the federal health law will delivery grocery-store-bought sheet “birthday” cakes with six candles in honor of the Massachusetts health law to two of Mr. Romney’s campaign stops in Pennsylvania on Thursday, said Eddie Vale, a spokesman for the Protect Your Care coalition of campaigners.

To underscore the politics of the day, here's video from the folks at

For a bit more substance, see The Washington Post's Wonkblog on "Charts: Six Ways RomneyCare Changed Massachusetts."

This program aired on April 12, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Rachel Zimmerman Reporter
Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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