June 28th, 2012
09:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: Romney's health law 'hasn't worked'

(CNN) – Rick Santorum didn't hold back Thursday when describing the Massachusetts health plan put in place by Mitt Romney, saying the measure pushed through by the GOP presidential candidate left the Bay State with high costs and uninsured citizens.

"I think what you're seeing is it hasn't worked in Massachusetts," Santorum, who has endorsed Romney for president, said of the law on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

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The former presidential candidate and former senator from Pennsylvania continued: "Health care costs in Massachusetts are number one in the country. They have a series of problems with people who decide to take the tax, in other words, pay the fine, instead of buying insurance, because it's cheaper. It doesn't work."

Santorum, who battled Romney for the GOP nomination in the winter and spring of 2012, used the Massachusetts health law frequently on the stump during the primary contests. In March, Santorum stood on the steps of the Supreme Court to blast Romney as the "worst candidate" to take on the president on health care.

Asked why Romney would make a good pick for president if his record on health care in Massachusetts was so dismal, Santorum said Thursday that Romney himself had acknowledged mistakes in the measure.

"What he said is they did some things right. They did some things wrong. He learned from those mistakes. I'm using his language," Santorum said.

Romney has said that there were things he would do differently on the Massachusetts health law if given the chance, though he still stands by the measure as necessary and successful in the Bay State.

"Overall, ours is a model that works," Romney said in March at an event in Iowa. "We solved our problem at the state level. Like it or not, it was a state solution."

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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Curivity

    Can somebody remind Rick that the nominee has already been chosen?

    June 28, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. Paul Ernest Show

    Santorum said Romneycare did not work in Massachusetts, neither is his presidency going to work for Americans. Romney is a great fabricator, with a big fabricated religion and views about life. He seems to be a man who recently stepped into the world, but still very much behind time.

    June 28, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. TM

    Once more former Senator Sweatervest ignores FACTS in favor of a partisan screed. Guess he has better things to do than be Willard's running mate.

    June 28, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Patrick

    According to the latest survey, conducted 6/24/12. 98% of people in Massachusetts now have health coverage. 90% of Doctors say health care has improved since it was implemented and 62% of the state say they are happy with "Romneycare." If that's your idea of "not working," Mr. Santorum, I wish the rest of the country "didn't work" either.

    June 28, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. maf

    Unbelievable!! Santorum was chosen to try to spin this for the GOP. Sure doesn't sound very authentic to me.
    I'm going to support "the presumptive nominee" until I get a chance to throw him under a bus!!!
    The only way to make this not be a Democratic win is to trash Romneycare so that there will be a negative way to fight the Supreme Court decision.
    Again, pathetic from this version of the GOP.

    The President has had a level head through this all, has succeeded – yes succeeded, against all obstructionist activities that the Chamber has set upon him. There has been no quarter given, no compromise! The President has successfully out-maneuvered you! Well done Mr. President!

    June 28, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. Harry From Pa

    How can he repeal Healthcare if he has the same thing in his own state.....

    June 28, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. dla1

    I would like to know where santorum got his figures that Mass has highest health care costs. According to the Kaiser foundation Mass. isn't even in the top 10 in health care costs.

    June 28, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. LivinginVA

    Of course, the vast majority of the people who actually live in MA disagree with Mr. Santorum and like it.

    June 28, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Romney says it is a success.

    June 28, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. MaryM

    Santorum is out of his mind. Romneycare is working fine and the people of Massachuetts love it

    June 28, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. p.kalavitz

    Who gave all that money to Romney? Must be all the averge people that just want to continue paying high prices for health insurance. Those that just are waiting for their next medical emergency to destroy their life.
    I would bet 99% of the money donated to Romney today was from people that just want the healthcare system fall backward 3-4 years so they can continue to make fortunes, you know they do deserve it, and above all, they will tell you that just have have the best interest of the average person as their number one priority!.
    We really have developed into a nation of stupid people.

    June 28, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does Santorum not want people to have health insurance? People need it and need to find a way to get it when they are employed or not. Employers don't always have it for their employees and this gives them a way to do it.

    June 28, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  13. Walt

    Alexithymic Mitt lost on this issue as much as he lost on the immigration issue, too. REPUBLICANS-ALWAYS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY

    June 28, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  14. Mark

    Memo: Dear Lord Jesus, heal the sick. Just make sure they can PAY for it.
    Signed, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    If you are planning to vote for Obama, you also need to help fight against these voter suppression laws, and help somebody else get to the polls.

    If you are voting for Mittwit, you need to go get an education.

    June 28, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. s kel

    Come on America! You actually want to vote for this phony lier fool mitt wrongly? He is beyond words!

    June 28, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. Larry L

    Santorum is trying to help Romney flip-flop. Romney can't hope to run on a record of things he screwed up but now claims to have learned from his mistakes. We could get "Dubya" if we wanted a screw-up.

    June 28, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  17. judy

    love the way these clowns lie. Forward 2012 . Health care will be good for everyone. Only ones paying are people that refuse to buy health care and can afford to. Why should I have to cover you? Buy your own I do

    June 29, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. NotFooledByDistractions

    It "hasn't worked"?

    98% have insurance in Mass. – almost 100% of children are covered – polling shows that 65% are happy with romneycare.

    Ricky...jesus doesn't like liars...

    June 29, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  19. usagoblue

    Just like Romney, Santorim is a liar. 98% of people in Mass are insured and very happy with their healtthcare. 90% of doctors there say it is successful. Obama\Biden 2012. GOP GO AWAY

    June 29, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  20. Chuck

    So you tell us what Rick Santorum says, and then a tiny bit of what Mitt Romney says, but you don't say anything about what is actually happening. Are health care costs in Massachusetts actually number one in the country? In Massachusetts, are there actually a "series" of problems with people paying the fine instead of buying insurance? CNN, please do research and hold all interviewees accountable instead of just reiterating demagoguery.

    June 29, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  21. Rod M. Chicago

    Santorum should shut his pious mouth because there are children like his daughter whom suffer and will never get the insurance HE has,,,my how people forget.

    June 29, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  22. Joseph Smith

    Romney getting called out for the extremist that he is...parading around against Obamacare when he is the godfather of Obamacare. Have to give Santorum props for calling BS on Willard.

    June 29, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  23. Marla

    The GOTP just sounds desperate today.

    June 29, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  24. madmaninthemiddle

    Everyone should like Romney. No matter what position you have on any issue, he has held the same position at one time or another. What's not to love?

    June 29, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  25. LMC

    Yes, what a terrible thing to provide better health care for our citizens. The insurance companies are the ones crying over this–they're afraid they will make less money–especially the CEOs. I bet some heavy contributions to the Republicans are coming from the insurance companies and their overpaid CEOs!

    June 29, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
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