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  Tommy Thompson had key role in establishing Romneycare
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Last EditedRP  Mar 06, 2012 10:38am
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AuthorDaniel Bice
MediaNewspaper - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
News DateSunday, March 4, 2012 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWithout Tommy Thompson, there wouldn't have been Romneycare.

On his final day as a presidential cabinet member - with his farewell party taking place in the background - the former Wisconsin governor received two visitors at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with an urgent request.

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) needed a waiver to allow their home state to use $583 million in federal money to help kick-start a proposed universal health insurance program.

On Jan. 14, 2005, Thompson - now a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate - gave the moderate GOP governor and liberal lion what they wanted, signing the waiver before heading off to his going-away gala.
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