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Romney: Mass. health care reform 'an important accomplishment'

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has made no secret of his distaste for President Obama’s health care law, repeatedly vowing to give states an immediate waiver from it should he win election and to work to repeal the entire law.

But in an interview broadcast Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Mr. Romney strongly defended the Massachusetts health care law he signed as governor in 2006 that the Obama campaign said has served as a model in many ways for the president’s national plan.

“It certainly was an important accomplishment to get Republicans and Democrats to find common ground and to solve a problem for our state in a way that was creative and I think is working, by and large, pretty well,” he said in an excerpt from a documentary to air Friday. “I’m very proud of what we did there.”

The issue, at times, has proved to be a tricky one for Mr. Romney on the campaign trail. Some conservatives were incensed when a Romney spokeswoman invoked the Massachusetts law when counterattacking a controversial ad from the liberal super PAC Priorities USA Action.

The ad featured a steelworker who was laid off by a company owned by Mr. Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, whose wife subsequently died of cancer. The worker’s wife, however, did not die until 2006 — years after Mr. Romney had left Bain.

“[I]f people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,” spokeswoman Andrea Saul said earlier this month on Fox News.

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