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Tommy Thompson had key role in establishing Romneycare
|Last Edited||RP Mar 06, 2012 10:38am|
|Media||Newspaper - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|
|News Date||Sunday, March 4, 2012 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Without 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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