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Attacks on Romneycare come even as costs turn the corner

JUST AS the Massachusetts system of delivering health care is under attack from Republicans across the country, along comes more evidence of its success - this time, in helping to create more affordable options for individuals and small businesses.

The cost savings are important because both “Romneycare’’ and its famous offspring, President Obama’s health care overhaul, were branded mainly as ways to decrease the number of uninsured people, partly through the much-demonized requirement that individuals who can afford insurance must buy it, and the mandate on some employers to provide insurance, as well. But those mandates also served to bring together larger groups of customers, giving insurers greater incentive to provide competitive rates.

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