June 5th, 2007
09:53 PM ET
7 years ago

Romney defends his Massachusetts health care plan

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former Massachussets Gov. Mitt Romney responded to conservative critics of the health care plan he introduced for the state.

Romney says the Massachussets plan works because it relies upon "personal responsibility" and not federal programs.

Romney pointed out that he's the one candidate who had actually "tackled the (health care) issue." He said he got all Massachusetts citizens insured through private health insurance.

"We have to stand up and say the market works, personal responsibility works," Romney said. "We're going to have insurance for all our citizens they can afford, it's theirs, and it's portable. They never have to worry about losing it. That's the answer."

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  1. Bob Earl, Miami, Florida

    Homosexuality IS the issue. That is why we have the current policy of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Hetrosexuality is not the issue, and never has been in the history of mankind.

    June 5, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. Lori Magno: Boston, MA

    Dear CNN:

    Mitt Romney can spout all the nonsense he wants about being a "business legend" and "turning liberal Massachusetts around" – but that doesn't mean you have to buy his line about healthcare reform as "his" healthcare reform plan. The issue was floating around the state house long before Willard arrived and without the leadership of House Speaker Sal Di Masi and former Senate President Robert Travaglini (and countless aides and knowledgeable staff people, consultants and healthcare workers) the bill that finally passed would never have happened.

    My fondest wish is that all news outlets use a little pressure test when it comes to sweeping comments like "he got all Massachusetts citizens insured through private health insurance."

    June 5, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  3. Maral Najarian NJ

    Some liberals think that they are fighting prejudice by talking about rights of groups. In actuality they are being more prejudice because they are separating people into categories. This shows that they have a mindset of segregation-isn't that considered racism or bigotry?

    Ron Paul is right. Each person gets his rights individually by God. Each person has rights not because they are women, men, straight or gay, but because they are a human being.

    Martin Luther King wanted ALL PEOPLE TO BE EQUAL. He spoke the same vibe!

    June 6, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Ric Oliveira, Fall River

    Okay, so we have the official CYA explantion for the missing blog on Ron Paul comments but WHY DID NOT CNN GIVE MR PAUL EQUAL TIME DURING THE DEBATE???
    If he had as much money as Romney as many world series rings as Guiliani and George Bush's old email lists like McCane – would he get the equal time?
    And while we are on it – where is the balance on immigration to Loud Dobbs. Be real newspeople please.

    June 7, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |