Health reform law an example of compassion, Romney says
September 26th, 2012
07:18 PM ET
6 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. DM/32

    So Romney you are the grandfather of Obamacare so be it you should say yes I like this law but let's keep and let's fix the economy. How hard for you not beat Obama just on that.
    Good luck mitt

    September 27, 2012 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  2. MK

    Dear Romney, dont you realize that every time you go on praising your own healthcare in Massechusetts, it actually reaffirms the presidents affordable health care act? So if you are saying that the Mass. Healthcare act is an act of compassion, then I am utterly convinced that Obama had compassion on all of us who could not afford healthcare.

    September 27, 2012 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  3. GrampaSez

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


    CNN can't tell the difference between THAT, and the STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS.

    September 27, 2012 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    I see in a nation where government of the people for the people (excluding the 47 % of course) the massachusets Health care law was ok for them but not as a political statement fair policy; of the people, for the people, and by the people, in the other 49 states.
    Oh silly me I thought Presidents needed to consider ALL AMERICANS. So now we have law you supported that only good inmassachusets and also 47 % of Americans who sponge off the federal government.
    I got news for you Us in massachusets and that silly 47 % are gonna make sure you are never president!!
    you are a joke thats both happened and waiting to happen again.

    September 27, 2012 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  5. Majav

    Flip flopping is a mental condition. Romney should get treated asap.

    September 27, 2012 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  6. Anonymous

    This guy has no core. He is the most inconsistent human being l know.

    September 27, 2012 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Romney contradicts himself, repeatedly volunteering evidence of his being a con artist. Isn't he too young to become senile?
    However, he certainly photographs well as an actor portraying a president. How about a television series in which Romney is president and Sarah Palin is his secretary?
    Ryan could be their personal trainer.

    September 27, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  8. Dan5404

    Try as he might, Romney knows that Obama Care is a great triumph for health in America. He has done a 180 turn on his opinion not many years ago, when he endorsed the idea of everone being covered under a mandate. Just one of his major flip-flops to make the radical-controlled GOP think he;s really one of them. He is not. What he is, actually, is a political chamelion, changing positions to suit the political winds from the right. He is eminently not qualified, nor is his running mate, to be entrusted with our future. They are downright dangerous.

    September 27, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  9. n

    Romney the mad hatter!

    September 27, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  10. daniel

    I can't wait till Romnay disapears from my sight, It is so painful to see and hear him Flip Flapping ever since he started running for the office. We Americans are smart people, at least we differentiate right from wrong, Desperate and greedy people like Romnay. Obama will get you out of your misery on November 6. Romnay, please roll your plane window up while flying, it is raining you don't want to get wet. Obama to VICTORY!!!

    September 27, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  11. Name lueforte@gmail

    Now hes on the right path to the presidency. Has to be compassionate and produce healthcare plan for our nation. Get more personable and continue his charm that we need change as a nation. Stop using percentages and stay firm to his core beliefs. Beat obama to the best political stories and offer common sense solutions. And let everybody know that Mormons believe in God,the Lord Jesus Christ. And hammer home the fact that Obama hasnt proven his words to be true during the debates. Try to go somewhat out of your comfort zone during the debates about social issues.

    September 27, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  12. Dennis

    he is at it again Flippity floppity. OBAMA care is compassion for the whole country. Obama/Biden 2012

    September 27, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  13. Lussf

    Now Mitt fills compassion for the 47%????

    September 27, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  14. jmmyboy777

    Just say it Romeny. The Mass healthcare was the blue print for obamacare. Just say it already.

    September 27, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  15. jane

    Romney is sad to watch

    September 27, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  16. justme

    im getting dizzy from all the 180s this man is doing, and losing track, its almost daily. mitt is the worst candidate to ever run for potus in my time

    September 27, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  17. onlyfacts

    Way to late Romney. The damage is done. Not a word about "helping" people until you got caught bashing them. Your remarks remind me of when my wife complained that I don't care for her as much because I never bring her flowers. The next day I brought her flowers. She took them from me and put them in the trash can.

    September 27, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  18. Angel

    Flip flop oh what a release it is.....

    September 27, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  19. just for rand

    flip flop. what would you like to hear today?

    September 27, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  20. OMG

    OMG, was that a Flip or a Flop?!
    Why didn't he talk about the fact that Romney care in MA also covers abortions and undocumented immigrants while Obamacare doesn't? And that is true, check for yourselves.

    September 27, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  21. Intruth24

    Romney is the epitomy of hypocrasy. Obamas healthcare law mirrors Romney's in everyway. He can't escape that a.d he knows it.

    September 27, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  22. Gurgyl

    These is no difference between those two health reforms. This is a real "mitt the twit". According to that British kid from the crowd. Obama12.

    September 27, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  23. NamePat

    This guy makes me ill....not a shread of compassion does he have for anybody "beneath his class". A phony, a flip-flopper, a liar..too bad he can't debate with himself...dirtbag....

    September 27, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  24. DP SMH

    Here Mitt wants to take credit for his Health Reform Law to appeal to the middle class and poor people, but flip flop on that as well to appeal to his conservative base to get the nomination. Mitt looking desperate day by day.

    September 27, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  25. Alex

    Is he for or against individual mandate? Romney really confuses me.

    September 27, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
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