Mitt Romney to deliver 'major' health care reform speech Thursday in Ann Arbor
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a likely Republican presidential candidate, plans to unveil his health care reform proposals in a speech Thursday afternoon at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor.
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The speech — set for 2 p.m. Thursday — comes as Romney is viewed as a front-runner in a Republican presidential field that is still taking shape. Political analysts have said that Romney may face challenges in explaining Massachusetts' health care reform to voters.
A Time Magazine blog described the speech as a "major health care address."
A spokesman for Romney declined to comment further on the speech. In a release, Romney's team said his reforms would "make healthcare more like a consumer market and less like a government program" by giving states more power to make choices on how to manage Medicaid, providing a tax deduction to workers who purchase their own health insurance and reducing the number of medical malpractice law suits.
A U-M spokesperson said the College Republicans were helping to coordinate Romney's appearance, but College Republican leaders were not immediately available to provide more information.
In 2008, Romney won Michigan's Republican presidential primary but eventually lost the nomination to U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona.