Romneycare? What's Romneycare?

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Kerry Healey, who served as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts under Mitt Romney, just gave a passionate speech about Romney’s accomplishments as governor.

Healey (for whom I interned when she ran for lieutenant governor) presented an impressive list:

Romney built a great cabinet full of talented people, half of whom were women.

He closed the state’s budget gap and ran up a large rainy day fund.

He improved education, cut taxes, presided over low unemployment and got the state a credit upgrade.

He served breakfast to veterans, declined his gubernatorial salary, and ably handled a crisis when the ceiling of a highway tunnel collapsed in Boston.

This is a pretty accurate summary of Romney’s service as governor that does not omit any of his major accomplishments or policy initiatives.


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