So goes Massachusetts, so goes the nation when it comes to health care. Journos covering presidential politics need to think about the lessons from the Bay State whenever the political discourse between Romney and Obama dissolves into a pissing contest over who is responsible for the kind of reform in Massachusetts that became the model for the national law. The point is health reform is the law of the land and has been law in Massachusetts for nearly six years. What works and does not work in Massachusetts is the discussion the public needs to hear.

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.