ObamaCare is really Romneycare Says Mitt Romney

Romney says in a new interview that his health reform plan in Massachusetts was a necessary step toward Obamacare and that the Federal Health Law has given health insurance to “a lot” of people. Interesting Mitt you give positive acknowledgement now with the last year of office for President Obama. I thought the POTUS tried making such statements during the campaign but you refuted as two separate health plans. Let’s just pull out the ole truth meter here to see what history stated:

  • Shift Medicaid to states, plus inflation, plus 1%. (Oct 2012)
  • Restore $716B in Medicare cuts. (Oct 2012)
  • No change to near-retirees; Medicare vouchers for young. (Oct 2012)
  • Give young people a choice of Medicare or private insurer. (Oct 2012)
  • Develop countermeasures for global pandemics. (Sep 2012)
  • Preventive vaccines require robust R&D enterprises. (Sep 2012)
  • Official portrait had 2 symbols: his wife, & healthcare. (Jan 2012)
  • On choosing providers: “I like being able to fire people”. (Jan 2012)
  • 2010: Consider single-fee structures, at state level. (Nov 2011)
  • Reform Medicare, but don’t cancel prescription program. (Sep 2011)
  • Health Savings Accounts give patients stake in health costs. (Sep 2011)
  • Cap medical malpractice punitive damages at $500,000. (Jun 2011)
  • Get everyone some form of catastrophic health coverage. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Untrue that 47M uninsured want to “not play”. (Jan 2008)
  • Personal responsibility instead of employer mandates. (Dec 2007)
  • Let states create their own private, market-based insurance. (Oct 2007)
  • Same tax treatment if people buy insurance without employers. (Oct 2007)
  • Conservative idea: individual responsibility for health care. (Aug 2007)
  • Insure 45 million uninsured with a free-market based system. (Aug 2007)
  • Pharmaceutical companies create products to make us better. (Jan 2006)
  • Subsidies for health coverage for low-income individuals. (Mar 2002)
  • Voluntary purchasing pools. (Mar 2002)

    ObamaCare

  • ObamaCare has unelected board making health decisions. (Oct 2012)
  • ObamaCare is too expensive, and it has killed jobs. (Oct 2012)
  • State targets for insurance, to replace ObamaCare. (Sep 2012)
  • ObamaCare drives medical device jobs overseas. (Sep 2012)
  • Obama cut Medicare by $500B to pay for ObamaCare. (Feb 2012)
  • Romney healthcare stances compared to Obama. (Jan 2012)
  • Return healthcare to states, under the 10th Amendment. (Dec 2011)
  • No FEDERAL individual mandate; but state mandate ok. (Dec 2011)
  • ObamaCare waivers on Day One; repeal bill on Day Two. (Oct 2011)
  • ObamaCare has enormous differences from RomneyCare. (Sep 2011)
  • On Day One, ObamaCare waivers to all 50 states. (Sep 2011)
  • ObamaCare’s biggest difference: I believe in 10th Amendment. (Aug 2011)
  • MA Constitution allows mandate; US Constitution does not. (Aug 2011)
  • ObamaCare’s power grab won’t work; Obama didn’t ask me. (Jun 2011)

    RomneyCare

  • I care about 100% of people; & insured 98% of adults in MA. (Oct 2012)
  • RomneyCare was bipartisan; ObamaCare was pushed through. (Oct 2012)
  • RomneyCare is national model, but only state by state. (Oct 2012)
  • OpEd: RomneyCare courageous but not for every state. (Apr 2012)
  • 2006: individual mandate is a Republican approach. (Dec 2011)
  • Over 98% of MA residents now have healthcare. (Nov 2011)
  • 2008: Individual mandate ok; free ride is not. (Nov 2011)
  • My plan right for MA but wrong for rest of country. (Nov 2011)
  • RomneyCare intended as state plan; never as national model. (Sep 2011)
  • In MA, we addressed only the 8% who were uninsured. (Sep 2011)
  • I stand by what I did in Massachusetts. (Sep 2011)
  • If people of MA don’t like RomneyCare, they can change it. (Jun 2011)
  • 2006 lessons: involve everyone; demonize none; transparency. (Mar 2010)
  • People without insurance already receive care via E.R. (Mar 2010)
  • 2006: Compromise with Ted Kennedy to make RomneyCare reality. (Mar 2010)
  • Base health care system on free choice & private medicine. (Feb 2009)
  • Mandating citizens to buy health insurance is conservative. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: MA employers have no mandates, but “requirements”. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: No, MA healthcare plan is not paid for, yet. (Dec 2007)
  • Removing most mandates drove down premium cost by half. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: HillaryCare closer to RomneyCare than “all gov’t”. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA plan works, but Romney not proposing it for US. (Oct 2007)
  • Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics. (Oct 2007)
  • MA plan blends personal responsibility & universal coverage. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: Romney plan virtually identical to Obama plan. (Jun 2007)
  • MA program relies on personal responsibility & the market. (Jun 2007)
  • MA health plan insures all without taxes or socialization. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA plan not yet in place so analysis premature. (May 2007)
  • Signal accomplishment as Governor is MA insurance reform. (Mar 2007)
  • MA reform focuses on individual responsibility (via fines). (Mar 2007)
  • State universal coverage plan is national test case. (Apr 2006)
  • MA state health insurance plan lowered costs. (Jan 2006)
  • Mandates on health insurance work in Massachusetts. (Jan 2006)

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