Tonight is going to be all candy, so let’s start the week with a few vegetables, as we sometimes refer to our health policy posts. Not that the above video is lima-bean-like; it’s a lively — though civil — Republican-Democrat debate about whether it’s fair to consider Massachusetts health reform as the “parent” of the federal health overhaul.
As CommonWealth magazine executive editor Michael Jonas introduces it:
We recently launched a new video feature on CommonWealth’s website involving webcam-based discussions between two people. I thought our most recent installment of “Face to Face” might be of interest to you and CommonHealth readers: a discussion of “Romney” and “Obamacare” between two of the people best qualified to chew over the issue that dogs Romney’s campaign perhaps more than any single topic.
Talking over the issue are Tim Murphy, who was Romney’s secretary of health and human services and the administration point-man on the 2006 Massachusetts law, and John McDonough, who was in the thick of the 2006 reform as director of Health Care for All and then went on to serve as senior policy adviser to Ted Kennedy’s Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where early work on the federal law took place.