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Mass. Health Reform Versus Obamacare

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Obama is making his latest pitch to try to counter criticism of the national health care reform at Faneuil Hall Wednesday afternoon.

The president is expected to point to the success of health care reform in Massachusetts to make the case for more support of and patience for the national health care overhaul, which has been plagued by problems on the federal health insurance website.

But the Massachusetts health reform law and the national reform were each rolled out differently and under different political climates. We talk about those differences with a former Romney administration official.

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Amy Lischko, associate professor of public health at Tufts University School of Medicine and the former Director of Health Policy under Governor Mitt Romney, where she helped draft the 2006 Massachusetts health insurance law.

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