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Implementing Obamacare: States will feel more than a little pinch

Re “In implementing Obamacare, a lighter touch is better” (Editorial, May 12): If Massachusetts, the model upon which Obamacare is based, needs transition rules and grace periods to implement the health reform law, imagine what’s happening in states across the country. The changes needed to implement the law in Massachusetts pale in comparison to the massive changes, and resulting disruption, in every other state. Instead of a “lighter touch,” federal officials have taken a ham-handed, one-size-fits-all approach. It won’t work.

I support the premise of the law, or at least the law’s intent. I think it’s shameful that this country doesn’t provide everyone with a base level of coverage. I worked to implement the Commonwealth’s 2006 health reform law. And I think it’s wonderful that in our state most people have access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance.

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