Dueling proposals

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President Barack Obama’s health care law fails to control costs that will bankrupt the country and his $700 billion in cuts to Medicare are not viable, Mitt Romney writes in a New England Journal of Medicine essay published Wednesday.

In a dueling essay, Obama reiterates his call for “additional steps” to fix the nation’s health care system in a second term, including a “permanent fix to Medicare's flawed payment formula that threatens physicians’ reimbursement.” He blasts Romney for having “a radically different vision for the future of our health care system — even if it means running from his past as the architect of health reform in Massachusetts.”

The essays are a chance for each man to make his case without the constraints of a 30-second TV spot.

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