Romney's new health care adviser once attacked 'Romneycare'
March 23rd, 2012
03:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney's new health care adviser once attacked 'Romneycare'

Shreveport, Louisiana (CNN) - Mitt Romney announced a new team of health care advisers on Friday in Louisiana as he ramped up his attacks on President Obama's health care reform law.

But one of the five members of Romney's newly-minted "Health Care Policy Advisory Group," Stanford professor Scott Atlas, sharply criticized the former Massachusetts governor's approach to health care reform during his last presidential bid.

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Atlas, a radiologist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, supported Rudy Giuliani's Republican presidential effort in 2008 and was tasked with issuing a blistering response after Romney rolled out his first national health care plan in August 2007.

On the same day Romney announced his "federalist approach" to health care that summer, Atlas tried to discredit his plan by pointing to his support for a health insurance mandate in Massachusetts.

"Mitt Romney's legacy is the creation of a multi-billion dollar government health bureaucracy that punishes employers and insists middle income individuals either purchase health insurance or pay for their own health care," Atlas said at the time. "The former is a mandate, the latter is a tax, and neither one is free market."

The newly resurfaced criticism is another reminder of the fine line Romney is walking as he attacks Obama's health care reform law, which was modeled in part on the legislation Romney signed in Massachusetts.

Romney lavished praise on his new group of health care advisers on Friday.

"I'm honored to have the support of this thoughtful and experienced group of advisors," Romney said in a statement. "I look forward to working with them to help deliver the health care system that the American people want."


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Money talks, I guess.

    March 23, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. a in austin

    Amazing what $$$ can buy....

    March 23, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. diridi

    The law passed by Pres.Obama is a desperate need to this nation. o.k, Stop fussing up at it. You lose in November. Folks completely vote all these congress and GOP out of offices. Obama2012.
    PS: these idiots are acting like worst than animals.

    March 23, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. carlos

    see, this confirms it, he is such a IDIOT........the biggest prevaricator this country has seen

    March 23, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney's legacy is the creation of a multi-billion dollar government health bureaucracy that punishes employers and insists middle income individuals either purchase health insurance or pay for their own health care."
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    Without the law, you have a multi-billion dollar insurance industry that hurts employers and middle income individuals with higher rates, and punishes individuals who cannot purchase health insurance because they are turned down and are forced to pay for their own health care until they are completely bankrupt and are forced to go on Medicaid or Medicare.

    March 23, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Just Say No to Flipper

    This is nothing a little Etch-A-Sketch can't repair.

    March 23, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    Obamacare was born from a Republican not a Democrat. So everyone criticizes Republicans and yet Obama copied the health plan of Republican Mitt Romney whom everyone is mocking, ridiculing, making fun off. So what does that say about Obama's health care plan if everyone mocks the very man, Republican Romney who came up with it? How can you make fun of the man whom Obama has copied from? If you ridicule Romney you pretty much are ridiculing Obama afterall Obama copied Romney's health care plan.

    March 23, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. DENNA

    Mitt has zero credibility on the healthcare issue. Obamacare is Romneycare and Mitt cannot run away from it no matter how much he tries to. It's a good plan but politics is more important to Mitt. He is so liberal, I can't believe he even calls himself a conservative. It just doesn't fit. He does not appear to be crazy.

    March 23, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Carla Nelson

    If Obama copied off Romney then why is Mitt willing to repeal his Obamas health care. Then he should repeal his plan first that he thought of. that does makes since. You can't say what is good for one state is not good for all a mandate is a mandate. It probably was some poeple in his state that did not like the idea but he did not care baout that.

    March 23, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Mike

    At least he is consistent – he chooses flip-flopping advisors too.

    March 23, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. kevin

    Myviewis

    Obamacare was born from a Republican not a Democrat. So everyone criticizes Republicans and yet Obama copied the health plan of Republican Mitt Romney whom everyone is mocking, ridiculing, making fun off. So what does that say about Obama's health care plan if everyone mocks the very man, Republican Romney who came up with it? How can you make fun of the man whom Obama has copied from? If you ridicule Romney you pretty much are ridiculing Obama afterall Obama copied Romney's health care plan.*********************************************************************************************************************************************** What you just wrote is utter nonsense. Yes, we are riding Romney not because of RomneyCare, or ObamaCare. We are riding Romney back because he is trying to back pedal. He sold Romney Care and was/is for a Mandate, but now he want' to distance himself because he know that the Right Wing don't love him, because he destroy their argument against ObamaCare, but it won't work. Everyone already know that Romney Care is Obama Care. Remember what Pawlenty called it OBAMA/ROMNEY CARE. This is a weight around Romney neck, so throw him in the ocean and let him sink.

    March 23, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Wake up people

    We are mocking the fact that he, Mittens, came up with the plan and now he is flip flopping as usual. The lack of intelligence by the rethug supporters is astounding. They pander to the illiterate and uneducated. So sad, people voting against their own self interests just because the POTUS is black.

    March 23, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Mikey

    @Myviewis – Don't forget that in addition to Mitt Romney, the Heritige Foundation, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, and a host of other Republicans supported many key provisions of the ACA, which they lovingly refer to as ObamaCare. As Rick Perry would say, "They were for it, before they were against it, before they were before....." Perhaps they've all been using their Etch A Sketch's.

    March 23, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "This is nothing a little Etch-A-Sketch can't repair."

    The more I hear it and say it myself, the more I picture how glorious it would be to pick Mittens up and shake him like a crying infant.

    March 23, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. kevin

    I was SEVERLY CONSERVATIVE AS A GOVERNOR. NOT, LIES.

    March 23, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Debby

    The problem with all this about Romneycare is the people of Mass. voted for it themselves. Romney didn't shove it down their throats like Obama is doing to us. We the people didn't take a vote on this bill.

    March 23, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. ST

    Are these GOP contenders really thinking??? There is no any judge sitting at a bench in the High Court is going to strike out Obamacare and let those who are already enjoying it, (the unable) suffer. Regardless how small they are in numbers. As far as we know there are millions.

    March 23, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Just Say No to Flipper

    "The more I hear it and say it myself, the more I picture how glorious it would be to pick Mittens up and shake him like a crying infant."

    Rmoney comes off as an even brattier GWB. At least people could imagine having a beer with George.

    March 23, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |