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Mitt Romney on Health Care

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RHETORIC: "Finally, ours was a state plan, a state solution, and if people don't like it our state, they can change it. That's why states are the right place for this type of responsibility. That's why I introduced a plan to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with a state-centric plan."

REALITY: ROMNEY REPEATEDLY SUGGESTED HIS MASSACHUSETTS PLAN COULD BE A MODEL FOR THE NATION

  • Romney: "I Think There Are A Number Of Features In The Massachusetts Plan That Could Inform Washington On Ways To Improve Health Care For All Americans;" [CNN, 3/7/11]
  • Romney On Massachusetts Health Care Reform: If There Are "National Implications And Applicability, That Would Be Wonderful;" [AP, 4/6/06]
  • Romney: In Massachusetts I "Was Able To Put In Place A Plan That Helped Get Health Insurance Premiums Down, And Get All Of Our Citizens Insured. If We Can Do That Nationally, We Help…The Entire Nation;" [CNN, 1/14/08]
  • 2007: Romney Said That The Massachusetts Plan "Will Be A Model For The Nation;" [Newsweek, 4/16/10]
  • Romney “Portrayed” MA Health Plan as "Potential Template for National Reforms;" [Detroit News, 12/9/07]
  • National Review: Romney "Repeatedly Said That He Sees The Massachusetts Plan As A Model For The Nation And Has Urged Other States To Copy His Approach." [Michael Tanner, National Review, 12/1/10]

REALITY: ROMNEY’S MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH CARE REFORM SERVED AS THE MODEL FOR FEDERAL REFORM

  • Obama Said That The Health Care Bill Incorporates Republican Ideas And "Is Similar To The Bill That Mitt Romney Passed In Massachusetts;" [The Hill, 3/30/10]
  • Obama Said That Federal Health Care Reform Was Shaped By Republican Reforms Like Mitt Romney’s In Massachusetts; [Boston Globe, 11/8/10]
  • TNR: Romney’s Massachusetts Health Care Plan Is A State Version Of The Federal One And Was Designed By The Same Economist; [The New Republic, 11/9/10]
  • Time: The "Massachusetts Plan Is Structurally The Same As The Federal Plan…Anyone Who Says This Isn’t True Is Not Being Honest;"  [Swampland, Time, 3/31/10]
  • Michael Tanner At CATO: Romney’s Massachusetts Health Care Plan Is “Pretty Indistinguishable From What The President Is Proposing;” [Politico, 9/26/09]

REALITY: OBAMA AGREED WITH ROMNEY THAT STATES SHOULD HAVE FLEXIBILITY AND SUPPORTED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE IT

  • Obama Said He Backed Bipartisan Legislation That Would Allow States The Ability To Opt Out Of Certain Mandates In The Health Care Bill; [New York Times, 2/28/11]
  • Obama: "I Agree With Mitt Romney, Who Recently Said He's Proud Of What He Accomplished On Healthcare In Massachusetts And Supports Giving States The Power To Determine Their Own Healthcare Solutions. He's Right." [Reuters, 2/28/11]

REALITY: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT AND LOWER COSTS

  • CBO: The Affordable Care Act Will Decrease The Deficit By $230 Billion Over The Next Ten Years; [CBO blog, 1/6/11]
  • CBO: The Affordable Care Act Will Decrease The Deficit By Over $1 Trillion In The Next Twenty Years. [Marc Ambinder, The Atlantic [3/18/10]
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