Has Romneys Healthcare Plan Succeeded in Massachusetts?
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Has Romneys Healthcare Plan Succeeded in Massachusetts?

Healthcare reform is being used as a campaign issue against President Obama and against his leading Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. Obama's plan is only partially in effect. What's the history of the plan Romney established five years ago when he was governor of Massachusetts? Also, IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is released from house arrest, and on this first day of the new fiscal year, Minnesota has shut down state government.

Banner image: Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (seated) signs into law a new healthcare reform bill during a ceremony at Faneuil Hall April 12, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. The late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) (2nd R behind table) and others joined Romney for the signing. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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Strauss-Kahn Released from House Arrest ()

Former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released today from house arrest, without bail on his own recognizance, after prosecutors raised questions of credibility about the hotel maid who claimed Strauss-Kahn brutally assaulted her. The maid's attorney then accused District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. of ignoring substantial evidence and preparing to drop the case. Michael Rothfeld is covering the case for the Wall Street Journal.

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ObamaCare, RomneyCare and Presidential Politics ()

The main provisions of federal healthcare reform won't go into effect until 2014, but Republicans plan to use it against President Obama in next year's re-election campaign. GOP front-runner Mitt Romney signed off on a similar plan when he was Governor of Massachusetts, and that could cost him his party's nomination. Neither plan originated with liberal Democrats. In fact, they're based on the ideas of conservatives, who want to retain private insurance. We look at how Romney's plan has developed over the past five years. What about cost, outcomes and access to quality care?

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Minnesota’s Government Shuts Down, Derailing Holiday Plans ()

Another Midwestern state capitol was crowded with protesters last night because of divided government. Today, almost all state services have been shut down. Minnesota has a very short summer, and the Fourth of July kicks off a big season of camping, hunting and fishing that take advantage of the state's natural resources. But all that's been shut down by a divide government that couldn't agree on a budget. Molly Pederson, public affairs director for Conservation Minnesota, explains.

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