Mass. Law That Served as Model for ‘Obamacare' Turns 10

On April 12, 2006, then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney signed the law during a Faneuil Hall ceremony, calling it a big step forward in health care reform

Massachusetts is marking the tenth anniversary of a landmark health care law that would later serve as a model for the federal Affordable Care Act.

On April 12, 2006, then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney signed the law during a Faneuil Hall ceremony, calling it a big step forward in health care reform. At Romney's side were Democratic leaders including the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, who championed universal health insurance on a national level.

State officials say the law that included subsidies for low-income residents to purchase insurance has led to near-universal coverage in Massachusetts. But the state has continued to struggle with rising health care costs.

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Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he planned to mark the anniversary on Tuesday by thanking those who "created a legacy that spread way beyond Massachusetts."

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