WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is citing the slow start of the Massachusetts health care system to keep expectations low for early sign-ups for his own overhaul.
And he's pointing to the bipartisan effort to get the program launched in Massachusetts to encourage his opponents to stop rooting for his law's failure.
The president was speaking about the law Wednesday at Boston's historic Faneuil (FAN'-yul) Hall, where Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney was joined by the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy to sign the state's 2006 health care overhaul bill.
The White House said Obama would point to Massachusetts' sluggish start while visiting Boston. Only 123 paying consumers signed up the first month of the Massachusetts law, with 36,000 enrolling by the time penalties for failing to have insurance kicked in.