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The Final Word (yeah, right) on Romney and Health Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants

The Final Word (yeah, right) on Romney and Health Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants

October 27, 2011

Fact Check Web page on Romney The truth-telling FactCheck.org actually talked to Massachusetts health policy people, and comes up with the definitive last word on the charge that in signing chapter 58, Governor Romney initiated a program that provides "free health care to illegals." The verdict:

  • The Perry campaign was wrong to accuse Romney of signing into a law a new program to provide health care for the undocumented. The Health Safety Net program was a continuation of the Uncompensated Care Pool, with the same rules.
  • The Romney campaign was wrong to defend itself by claiming that HSN rules on benefits were instituted by the Patrick administration. The Romney administration administered the same rules when it supervised the Pool, and knew those rules would continue under HSN.

Glad that's over. -Brian Rosman