Health care scholars critique Romney

Health care scholars critique Romney

Health care scholars critique RomneyHealth care scholars critique Romney, draw skepticism

Massachusetts health care scholars who worked on the groundbreaking state and federal health reform laws released findings on Thursday that they say show Republican candidate Mit Romney’s health care policies would raise costs and lower the number of people insured.

“Middle class families would pay substantially more out of pocket,” Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, said in a conference call.

Pollack began the call by saying the group is a 501 (c) 4 and “non-partisan.” However, the study’s numbers were broken out for three battleground states – Ohio, Florida and Virginia. Pollack said the breakdown was made due to the number or reporters listening in from those states.

Josh Archambault, director of health care policy at the Pioneer Institute, was skeptical of the group’s conclusions and said the organization has not laid out the models – developed by MIT professor Jonathan Gruber – that were used to arrive at the conclusions.

“Obviously Gruber’s model is a black box. He’s never fully explained the assumptions that he’s making,” said Archambault. Pioneer has Romney ties – including former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey and campaign adviser Beth Myers, who both serve on Pioneer’s board.

While the scholars that wrote the study acknowledged they were basing their conclusions on “a composite” of Romney’s public statements rather than a detailed health care plan endorsed by Romney, they said the major factors – such as repeal of the Affordable Care Act – have been addressed in the candidate’s statements.

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