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States should have freedom on health care

Mitt Romney is getting hammered for how the Massachusetts health care plan, with its individual mandate, was a model for Obamacare. But columnist Kathleen Parker agreed with some of the defense Romney made last week. "Romney's central point was that what's good for one state may not suit another and that states should have the freedom to choose what works best for them rather than have to conform to a federal one-size-fits-all plan, the ultimate costs of which are not really knowable," Parker wrote. "Whether one likes or dislikes Obama's health care plan — and there certainly are parts to like — this has always been the crucial point. Keep it small, keep it simple, leave it to the states. Within that framework, what Romney did in Massachusetts is entirely defensible. It was an experiment, it was bold, it was imperfect."