by Patrick Appel

Ben Smith asks a Romney spokesman how Romney's Massachusetts plan differs from what is in congress. Smith:

The public option looks pretty dead, and the excise tax on expensive plans, while a major and controversial step, doesn't strike me as crucial to the mechanism of the plan, which leaves Romney arguing that the main difference between his plan and the national one is ... that it's national. That's not a trivial point. But in the end, Romney does seem to have helped set the model for the national plan.

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