Massachusetts' 2006 universal coverage law is seen by policy experts as a potential model for national health care reform. Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, says the Massachusetts plan is "very similar to the architecture" of what is being discussed nationally. Jonathan Gruber of MIT says the state law patches up holes in the system rather than scrapping it for a single-payer model or a fully deregulated plan in which people make use of tax credits to buy policies.

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