Businessman, Romney Cabinet Member Disputes Damning Study

By Frannie Carr


Sept. 16, 2011

BOSTON — A member of former Massachusetts Governor — turned presidential hopeful — Mitt Romney’s cabinet is disputing the results of a potentially damning report.

New figures from conservative think tank, the Beacon Hill Institute, find Massachusetts’ 2006 landmark health-care plan, often called “Romneycare,” cost the Bay State 18,000 jobs.

But in an interview with WGBH’s Emily Rooney Show, Romney’s former Secretary of Economic Affairs, Robert Pozen, says he’s skeptical about the results.

"That study is sort of saying if healthcare costs went up, as they did, that that lost jobs. But the question is: would it have gone up more or less without Romneycare and second of all could we do something to control those costs?" Pozen said. "So I think that’s a bit of a fudge."

The study stands to undercut Romney’s job creation credentials, which are the centerpiece of his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

During his interview with Rooney, Pozen also put to rest any possibility that he might run to challenge Sen. Scott Brown in the 2012 Senate race.

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