Romney pens op-ed to mark 'Obamacare' anniversary
March 22nd, 2012
10:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney pens op-ed to mark 'Obamacare' anniversary

(CNN) – Republican and Democratic opponents alike have sought to align the health care reform laws of Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, but on the federal law’s two year anniversary, Romney penned an op-ed to argue he has nothing to do with “Obamacare.”

On the presidential campaign trail this year, Romney has repeatedly argued for repealing the Affordable Care Act, signed by Obama on March 23, 2010, and in the USA Today op-ed, wrote, “What we need is a free market, federalist approach to making quality, affordable health insurance available to every American.”

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The op-ed came as the president tied Romney and the health care law he signed as governor of Massachusetts to the national law.

“Well, I would have loved to have gotten it done quicker,” Obama said on the radio program “Marketplace,” “which is part of the reason why we designed a program that actually previously had support of Republicans - including the person who may end up being the Republican standard bearer and is now pretending like he came up with something different.”

Romney has this cycle described the Massachusetts as a state-appropriate and imperfect “experiment,” though in a 2009 CNN interview, he said “there are a number of features in the Massachusetts plan that could inform Washington on ways to improve health care for all Americans." He did explain that the Massachusetts plan insured people “without a government option,” though it did include a health insurance mandate, which some tea party Republicans find unappealing.

Romney argued for state-level reform in his op-ed, and outlined his limit for federal government intervention.

“President Obama's program is an unfolding disaster for the American economy, a budget-busting entitlement, and a dramatic new federal intrusion into our lives,” Romney wrote. “To the extent that we have any federal regulation, it should focus on helping markets work.”

The candidate did not address criticism of his state’s law, though he explained his plan for federal reform is very different from the current law. He favors a tax credit for individuals purchasing their own insurance, allowing insurance sales across state lines, limits to medical malpractice suits, coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, and individual states determining how to tend to the uninsured.

Romney wrote his reforms “entail no new taxes, no massive diversions of funds away from Medicare, no tax discrimination, and no new bureaucracies.”

The United States Supreme Court is set to review the federal health care law in a series of oral arguments next week.

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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. mbm1ame

    I think Romney doth protest too much, is he going sen!le, we all know Obama care was your idea first, but not to worry, we don't hate you for it, we just wanted to say thankyou so very much.

    March 23, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Joe

    This reminds me of when John McCain tried to run away from his comprehensive immigration reform plan. That's pathetic just bite the bullet Romney either support it or say you were wrong....hell just say you support it and you are against it at the same time. Will not be the first time you are on both sides of the issue.

    March 23, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Robert

    The reason for federal mangement of these programs is because leaving them to the states will ensure no level playing field as far as what healthcare services are provided. A patchwork of plans will only serve to confuse thew public, along with the idea that most state plans would be inadequate because of state fiscal problems and ideology issues. SS was brought up to federal standards because each state had such a different plan, none that solved the issue, hence federal intervention.

    March 23, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. diridi

    I hate this idiot....Bain-Capital. o.k,

    March 23, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. BLKMANinAmerica

    Sad the repuks love to tell sooooooooooooooooooooo many LIES, worse they (repuks) actually believe them.

    March 23, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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