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Hard for Romney to run away from reform

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney tried playing the states' rights card Saturday in an attempt to distance himself from the federal health care reform law, which was modeled in large part after the Massachusetts reform law that he championed. Romney argued that the Massachusetts reform was focused on the unique problems of his home state and was not the right prescription for the nation as a whole. "One thing I would never do is to usurp the constitutional power of states with a one-size-fits-all federal takeover," Romney said. However, in 2009 Romney argued that the Massachusetts plan was "a good model" for federal reform. And Romney argued in 2006 in support of an individual mandate to purchase health insurance, noting that "either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay."