BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obamachose the site where Massachusetts’ health care system became law to promote his signature health insurance program, arguing that the state plan also faced initial setbacks and low enrollment but in time gained popularity and became a success.

“All the parade of horribles, the worst predictions about health care reform in Massachusetts never came true,” he said. “They’re the same arguments that you’re hearing now.”

The Massachusetts’ law provided the model for the federal health insurance overhaul. Obama spoke in Boston’s historic Faneuil 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.

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