GOP lawmakers have been grousing for months about how Democrats have ignored their ideas for health care reform. But columnist Timothy Egan noted that the Senate health reform bill is based largely on ideas promoted by leading Republicans. Many of the bill's key provisions — including the lack of a public option and the requirement that everyone has health insurance or pays a penalty — are very similar to the Massachusetts health reform law championed by former governor and GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (in photo). In fact, Romney said last summer that the Massachusetts plan was "a good model" for federal reform. And the proposal to tax the premiums of people with so-called Cadillac coverage was promoted by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during the 2008 presidential campaign.
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