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Romney Plan Could Hurt Mass. Medicaid; States Scramble Around Health Law

Mitt Romney hasn't released details of his health plan, but his views on Medicaid seem clear. Meanwhile, residents in Maine consider what the federal health law means for them and 90 Washington state women are suing their Republican attorney general.

Boston Globe: Romney's Plan May Undercut Mass. Law
A proposal by Mitt Romney to curtail Medicaid spending would dramatically undercut the way the Massachusetts health care overhaul law has achieved near universal coverage. Although the specifics of Romney’s plan are not public, his overall intent -- to rein in how much Medicaid money Washington sends to the states -- would probably cripple the Massachusetts health care law (Jan, 5/4).

PBS NewsHour: Health Reform On The Brink: Mixed Feelings In Maine 
As Jeff Aronson sees it, few things encapsulate the American health care dilemma as well as a car crash on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. Not the shattering glass and twisting metal of impact, but the aftermath -- the ambulance ride, the hospital stay, and, eventually, the stacks of bills from both. ... It's fairly clear to Jeff that some type of health care reform is necessary. But, he said, "the Affordable Care law doesn't do anything for these issues" (Kane, 5/2).

The Seattle Times: McKenna Sued Over Challenge To Obama Health Care Law
Ninety women who say they've been helped by the federal health care overhaul sued Rob McKenna on Thursday, arguing the state's Republican attorney general breached his ethical duties by joining legal arguments to scrap the entire law while publicly saying he only wanted to eliminate its controversial individual mandate. The women, including several cancer survivors, are represented by attorney Knoll Lowney, a Democratic activist (Welch, 5/3). 

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