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Two girls pose for a picture with a cardboard cut-out of US President Barack Obama in a tent defending 'Obamacare' at a street fair in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3, 2012. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Via Forbes:

A very interesting ACA development is taking place in Massachusetts today as the state that “inspired” Obamacare tries to reconcile its current law with the new federal law. Push back in the compliance effort is coming from an unexpected source, the senior Democratic budget writer in the State Senate, Senator Stephen Brewer, presumably with support from the Senate President as well. The amendment that was filed would force President Obama’s good friend Governor Deval Patrick (D), and his Administration, to seek a waiver from certain elements of Obamacare. The move could come to a head if the provision lands on the Governor’s desk, resulting in an embarrassing political moment for the Obama Administration since the ACA is forcing significant changes to a state law they claim acted as a model in Washington. [...]

The amendment signals a sea change in the state as even pro-ACA business groups, such as the Associated of Industries in Massachusetts (AIM), have now joined the call for a waiver.

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