If there has been one arrow slung repeatedly at GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, it's this: his 2006 healthcare act in Massachusetts is too similar to President Barack Obama's 2010 federal healthcare bill.
Now, though, Romney's bill seems to be causing trouble for more than just the former Governor: the state of Massachusetts is taking serious measures to address rapidly increasing healthcare costs, The New York Times reports.
According to the Times, Governor Deval Patrick and the state legislature are working on changing the way the state pays for care for its citizens.
We have shown the nation how to extend care to everybody, Mr. Patrick said to the Times, and we'll be the place to crack the code on costs.
Despite the fact that other GOP contenders have tied Romney directly to Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, NPR reported that Politifact notes that there are several key differences between Romney's plan and the oft-challenged federal law.
They include Massachusett's lack of a patients bill of rights, and the fact that Romney's plan relied less heavily on taxes.