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Mitt Romney’s Signature Policy Achievement Is Popular, He Should Talk About It

By Matthew Yglesias on June 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

"Mitt Romney’s Signature Policy Achievement Is Popular, He Should Talk About It"

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As one would hope, with the political din calming and more people seeing it’s operation in action, more people are liking Massachusetts’ universal health care law. Kay Lazar has the story for the Boston Globe:

The poll by the Harvard School of Public Health and The Boston Globe found that 63 percent of Massachusetts residents support the 2006 health law, up 10 percentage points in the past two years. Just 21 percent said they were against the law.

Good for Massachusetts, good for Mitt Romney, and good for those of us who voted for him. This is all part of what makes it so strange that Romney somehow managed to omit his signature policy accomplishment from his campaign biography. Obviously I “get” the political calculus here. Romney’s signature achievement is seen as a bad thing in the eyes of many GOP primary voters. But it’s not like Romney’s opponents are going to forget to mention it. The most sensible approach is to acknowledge the importance of this law, take note of its growing popularity, and try to sell himself as a guy who can move beyond hazy talk of “repeal” to actually enact some specific changes to the Affordable Care Act.

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