President in Boston to Address Health Overhaul’s Slow Start

In a visit to Boston Wedensday afternoon, President Barack Obama will cite the slow start of the Massachusetts health care system to keep expectations low for early sign-ups for his own overhaul.

And he’ll point to the bipartisan effort to get the program launched in Massachusetts to encourage his opponents to stop rooting for his law’s failure.

The president will  speaking about the law at 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.

The White House said Obama would point to Massachusetts’ sluggish start while visiting Boston. Only 123 paying consumers signed up the first month of the Massachusetts law, with 36,000 enrolling by the time penalties for failing to have insurance kicked in.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.