Health reform law an example of compassion, Romney says
September 26th, 2012
07:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Health reform law an example of compassion, Romney says

(CNN) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney pointed Wednesday to the Massachusetts health reform law he signed – and particularly its coverage of children – when asked about his compassion for middle class people.

Romney raised the law in an interview with NBC News. Conservatives have criticized Romney for supporting the law, which is similar to the health reform law signed by President Barack Obama. Romney has said his law was constitutional and appropriate in Massachusetts, but was not meant to be implemented nationally.

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"I think throughout this campaign as well, we talked about my record in Massachusetts, don't forget - I got everybody in my state insured," Romney told NBC News, according to a quote on their website. "One hundred percent of the kids in our state had health insurance.

"I don't think there's anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record," he continued.

Minutes later, however, Romney railed against Obama's health law, which bears similarities to the Massachusetts provision.

At a campaign rally in Toledo, Romney reaffirmed his commitment to "repeal Obamacare and replace it with real health care reform."

"Obamacare is really Exhibit No. 1 of the president's political philosophy, and that is that government knows better than people how to run your lives," he said.

Romney has largely avoided speaking about his Massachusetts health care plan on the campaign trail, since it served in part as a blueprint for Obama's sweeping health care reform, which Republicans oppose. Last week, Romney joked that Obama often jabs him as "the grandfather of Obamacare," saying "I don't think he meant that as a compliment but I'll take it."

Last month, Romney brought up the law when defending himself against accusations that he's waging a "war on women."

"Look, I'm the guy that was able to get health care for all of the women and men in my state," Romney said on Fox News. "They're just talking about it at the federal level. We actually did something, and we did it without cutting Medicare and without raising taxes."

At the rally Wednesday in Toledo, Ohio, Romney explained that "government has a role" in helping people.

"We have people that are hurting, we have people who are disabled and people who are poor, they need our help and they receive our help," he said. "We're a charitable people."

"So we're going to help those that need our help, we're a compassionate people," he continued. "At the same time, at the same time, we're going to insist that these people have the opportunity for work if they can carry out work, if they're able-bodied. Because we are not going to create a society of dependence on government."

– CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney
soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. commentary42

    Wow, a triple somersault back flip for a score of a perfect 10! Go Romney! (Shake...shake...shake)

    September 26, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  2. Name

    You lack moral integrity for the elder, schmuck!

    September 27, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  3. tigerakabj

    Early voting folks. It is October 15 here in GA.

    Lets get to the polls and put this guy out of his misery. Now I can see why all GOP contestants in 2008 and this year could not stand him. He will say ANYTHING. What's worse is he thinks everybody is deaf and blind in which they don't hear and see him saying something completely different. He thinks we are so stupid.

    Vote for President Obama and straight Dem ticket.

    September 27, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  4. Donkey Party

    You mean the health care law similar to the one Romney wants to see repealed? Sure, real compassionate. Does this guy get any advice at all before he speaks?

    September 27, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. Fortinbras

    Its late in game and no one knows exacty what Romney would replace the Affordable Care Act with. We may never know. Im not so sure HE knows.

    September 27, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  6. mike

    But now he hates it so whats his point.

    September 27, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  7. jane

    I'd like to ask Mr.Compassion how it is his healthcare system worked in Massachusetts, but wouldn't work in oh, let's say,Connecticut?? He's never explained this; of course, he hasn't explained ANYTHING.

    September 27, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  8. John Oboho

    Too late Romney,the Mass. Healthcare law is the blueprint for obamacare as everyone knows,which is why you refused to touch it with even a long pole before now.He's flip-floped again because he couldn't push his obamacare lies through.

    September 27, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  9. seebs

    ... so, it's compassionate to middle-class people, which is why his campaign is utterly devoted to the eradication of a fundamentally very similar law on the grounds that it was promoted by the other party?

    September 27, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  10. dangr

    Isn't that the same healthcare plan that Romney is against?

    This guy confuses me.

    September 27, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  11. BJJSchecter

    My flip-flop meter is going off the charts!

    September 27, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  12. John

    Oh sweet Jesus he is at it again a flippin and a flopping..Go back to kolob

    September 27, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  13. Soda

    It's funny Mitt the twit says that, because he loves to criticize the Health care law Obama wanted.

    September 27, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  14. Ramon

    Now America has no doubt that Mr Romney need some Kind of medical attention. The statement supra is not a political strategy, is not an intelligent change of view or a compassion change, it is the most absurd and hypocrite declaration before the eyes of commun poeple that in fact are whose decide the election. Romney is done

    September 27, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  15. Holy fero

    If the Romney care can destroy the obamacare then fine and better

    September 27, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  16. A Republican

    This guy makes me sick! He'll say anything, flip flop, no conviction. It's just unbelievable what comes out if his mouth and expects us all to forget. Romney is the worst candidate that my party has ever nominated. He's is not fit for the office, and would be dangerous. I'm voting for Obama the first time I've ever voted democrat. There's no way we can let someone like Romney I. That office it would be a disaster!

    September 27, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  17. tammyk tammy

    Why is compassion a good idea only for people in Massachusetts? Doesn't every citizen in this nation deserve compassion and healthcare when they are sick? That's what President Obama believes and I agree with him. Another thing Mitt, we're not looking for charity. The citizens of America simply want a fair level playing field and to have their work count for something. Corporations, who you refer to as people too, use people like disposable items that they can just throw away. Just like you, they like to fire people with no reason needed. Loyalty to workers no longer exists and I believe that that is just fine with the likes of you who believe that profits are more important than people. The President understands that American's face continual loss of insurance benefits every time they are repeatedly fired through no fault of their own so that the company can rehire someone else for less money or outsource their job. That is why nation-wide healthcare is the compassionate choice for all Americans.

    September 27, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  18. RogueRobots

    The robot went in for a tune up and received his new compassion chip. Too late to get reprogrammed Mitt. You should have ordered that Compassion and Charity upgrade prior to your downturn in the polls. At least then it might have seemed somewhat believable. Now it just appears to be manipulative.

    September 27, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  19. RogueRobots

    President Obama has passion for the people and believes that all deserve a fair chance. Robmoney believes in compassion and charity and feels oh so sorry for us the little people. Well, we don't want your pity. We want a President like Obama who represents the best interests of all of the people and not a Vulture Capitalist who uses people for his own financial benefit, then when he needs something for us says Gee I'm so sorry you're having a rough time, I feel sorry for you. Obama 2012 – the better vision for America who offers a hand up, not a charity hand out.

    September 27, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  20. Marry

    Mitt – your healthcare reform that worked so well for Massachusetts is now available nationwide – where is your problem??? You got stocks in ER??? Never seen anyone that contradicts himself as much as Romney does! The GOP has promised to repair healthcare for decades – but they never did! Too much influence from the health-INDUSTRY! And you know how it is with them – profits first!!!
    Do not let the GOP steal the election!
    You’re registered? You got your voter ID ready? Talked to your family, friend’s, neighbors? Then let’s get out and vote for the President and a strait Democratic ticket from the “outside” to get the GOP/TP and R+R out of the way so we can all thrive!!!

    September 27, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  21. tammyk tammy

    It is not Obama who has created government dependency, it is corporate America that has made people dependent by outsourcing jobs, employing people part-time with no benefits, and keeping wages stagnant while the costs for every necessity goes up which has left most people with no alternatives other than to look to government for their very survival. Romney declares that people should not even be entitled to food and shelter in the richest economy in the world. He does not care about 47% of Americans and cares only a little for the other 51%. His main concern is for the remaining 2% who fit into his definition of being worthy of his attention.

    September 27, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  22. Sloppy Joes.

    This guy is delusional... The Mass. Law is ObamaCares COUSIN. Obama is trying to achieve what Romney "claims" to have done his state but on a wider scale. Yet this hypocrite decries it as socialism when he placed the same thing on his own state. Republicans, this is your nominee? No wonder they've become the laughingstock of this country

    September 27, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  23. LASVEGASDON

    He hates Obama care but loves Mitt care... How can this be logical?

    September 27, 2012 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  24. Jon Galt

    1PercentRevolution is coming!
    Right Makes Might – Stand And Fight!
    We have a sick care system not a health care system. The rewards and incentive structure is set to increase profit by keeping people on as much medication as possible for as long as possible with as many possible medical procedures that can be conducted. Compared to other first world economies our system is a joke when it comes to providing reasonable coverage in a cost effective manner to all citizens. In almost all other developed countries every citizen is covered with no chance of personal bankruptcy for needing medical care. It is time to reverse our reward system to focus on prevention and making a profit by keeping people healthy. Arrogance/pride is a deadly sin that prevents us from seeing the truth and improving our current system.
    Carpe Diem!

    September 27, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  25. Steve

    who is this mitt? I can see many of them in this campaign!!!!!!!!!

    September 27, 2012 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
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