Brown On His Health Care Flip-Flop: Mass. Plan Totally Different From Obama Plan

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January 13, 2010 12:04 p.m.

Scott Brown, the Republican candidate in this Tuesday’s special Senate election in Massachusetts, appeared just now on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show, promoting his candidacy and opposing the Democrats’ health care program – and explaining why he supported health care reform in the Massachusetts state Senate.

Cavuto asked Brown why he’d supported an expansion of state involvement in health care, but he’s opposing the same thing now. (As we noted, the Massachusetts health care plan passed by the state legislature and signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney is similar to the Democratic federal plan in many ways, including the individual mandate to purchase health insurance.)

“No, that’s not true, they’re two different programs. What we have here is a free-market enterprise where we’re providing insurance in various levels to people in Massachusetts,” said Brown. “The plans in Washington are a one-size-fits-all plan that’s gonna cost almost a trillion-plus dollars, raise taxes, at a time when we don’t need it. Why are we subsidizing, why would we pay more, for something we already have? It makes no sense.”

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