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Santorum: Massachusetts’ Health Reform Is Like That Of Every Socialized Medicine Country

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Rick Santorum has seized on Mitt Romney’s health care law in Massachusetts to distinguish himself from the GOP governor and likely front-runner for the 2012 nomination, arguing that the Bay State’s reform very closely resembles the Affordable Care Act. “When Governor Romney is Massachusetts went along with a government top-down system of how to make sure everybody has insurance. [...] I think it violated those fundamental principles [of individual freedom] and it’s very similar in orientation to what President Obama did with Obamacare,” Santorum told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren earlier this week.

This morning, Santorum went a step further, likening Romney’s law to that of “every socialized” country and claiming that it was rationing care:

SANTORUM: Medicare is already being changed. There are going to be cuts in Medicare, there is going to be lines, there is going to be rationing of care simply because the 15-member commission is required under Obamacare to reduce reimbursement rates for doctors and hospitals which of course — we see it in Massachusetts, you see it in every socialized medicine country, where government run health care system, when they do that, it leads to lines, which leads to rationing.

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Despite Santorum’s claims, a new poll from Harvard School of Public Health and the Boston Globe released just this week “found that 63 percent of Massachusetts residents support the 2006 health law, up 10 percentage points in the past two years.” More than 98 percent of Massachusetts residents now have health care coverage, including 99.8 percent of children — the highest in the nation.

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