New report compares Obama, Romney health plans
October 2nd, 2012
10:17 AM ET
2 years ago

New report compares Obama, Romney health plans

(CNN) - President Obama's Affordable Care Act, when fully implemented, will most likely reduce the number of uninsured in every state, age group and income level – a stark contrast to a GOP presidential nominee and Mitt Romney's plan, according to a new report by The Commonwealth Fund, which compares the ACA to Romney's pledge to repeal the law and replace it with more targeted policies.

According to the report, children and low- and middle-income Americans would be hardest-hit if the ACA were repealed. The report found that by the year 2022, with the ACA in place, about 27 million Americans would still be uninsured – a reduction of nearly 33 million people.

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Romney has a healthcare plan? Last I heard he was still debating himself on where he actually stands on healthcare. He's been debating himself on a great many issues, actually ... none of which make sense to him or America. Oh, yeah. I forgot. Policy making is too difficult for 53% of Americans and the other 47% don't matter.

    October 2, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Me IN HOUSTON

    Anybody who actually took the time to read the numerous provision contained in the Affordable Care Act would recognize the need for such legislation and the benefits it would provide to all people. The only reason they keep talking about repealing the ACA is to score political points. these people don't care about those who struggle

    October 2, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    No credibility in this report. It is useless Democratic campaign propaganda masquerading as something legitimate.
    Nice try though. I'm sure there are some people out there who don't know the difference.

    October 2, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. NOTADEMOCRAT

    The Commonwealth Fund's current president is Karen Davis, She served as deputy assistant secretary for health policy in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1977–1980, under the JIMMY CARTER administration.

    Which of couse, makes us wonder about the origins of this talking points .., considering the O-Media teams history of collusion with self serving journalists..

    October 2, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Mitt, your 15 min. of fame is way up! Get off the stage!

    October 2, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Borderless

    Obama: His only real accomplishment in office was to get a health care law passed that most people don't want. Meanwhile, soldiers are still dying in Afghanistan, political prisoners are still rotting away in GITMO much to the disgrace of our nation, gays are still not able to marry, modest job gains are falling behind increases in working age population, the national debt is increasing, zero progress has been made on foreign policy and massive layoffs are looming with government contractors and Obama would rather have the workers suddenly sandbagged with the loss of their job than have any bad news come out before his election. What do you people see in this guy? Really. What?

    October 2, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. issak soleman

    Romney is out of touch talking backdoor with the rich people 47% badway he trying to devided american people one way and when he come out acting mr nice guy. That is out of touch mr nice guy

    October 2, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    He keeps saying he wants to replace the ACA, but has yet to say what he would replace it with. As a veteran, this is somewhat less of an issue for me as the VA is still an option. The problem is if Romney/Ryan get in office, I fear the VA would also be gutted. Neither of them are Vets, so they have no clue how important that Department is to those of us who served with honor.

    October 2, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Marty, FL

    A report also revealed that Romney's scam would also cost Americans more, yet Mitt still refuses to give any specifics on how he would pay for it. No thanks.

    Obama Cares 2012

    October 2, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    Stop this nonsense. It is a LAW upheld by SC. These GOP idiots are acting like cult members not leaders. Pathetic idiots. If you talk about this that is this nation's dire need, people kick your butt. Obama12.

    October 2, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. NoTeaForMe

    Why is the GOP against this? Because it's something that helped the middle class and the poor, and we can't have any of that, can we?

    Obama 2012, the only choice

    October 2, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    The ObamaCare will cost so MUCH, that the people will be begging for it to be REPEALED!

    October 2, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Sniffit

    Mittens doesn't have a healthcare plan.

    "Repeal the other guy's health care plan" = not a plan

    "Promise everyone they can have the parts of the ACA that they like, but also promise to repeal the parts that pay for it" = not a plan.

    Other than that, he's not given anything in the way of details, so the only conclusion left is HE DOESN'T HAVE A PLAN.

    October 2, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Thomas

    The GOP loves the Big Insurance Lobby !

    Please vote for Romney / Ryan so my multi million dollar brother in Law can hit golf balls all day and laugh about all the money he scammed off people and the government .

    October 2, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Borderless

    Anyone but Obama in 2012.

    October 2, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Barbara NJ

    I recently learned Romney is not the the inventer of Mass Health Plan. He just happen to be Gov and sign the measure into law. Also, The majority of Mass voters are voting for Obama. They do not want Romney as President. We should follow their lead. Why aren't the new reporter tell the truth about Gov. approval number and his 47 position in job creation in Mass.

    October 2, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    NoTeaForMe
    Why is the GOP against this? Because it's something that helped the middle class and the poor, and we can't have any of that, can we?
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    ACA is a scam on the middle class perpetrated by exactly 60 Democratic Senators who would not pass it today even if exactly the same Senators were voting on it. Several regret their original votes now that more details come out. For instance, the cost has already doubled. And some benefits have been cut. Americans deserve better than this. We can do better. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    October 2, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "No credibility in this report. It is useless Democratic campaign propaganda masquerading as something legitimate.
    Nice try though. I'm sure there are some people out there who don't know the difference."

    Are you kidding me? The Commonwealth Fund's origins, history, major contributions to our health care systems and technilogies and its exrtemely non-partisan nature are UNASSAILABLE. Google before you gabble.

    October 2, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "For instance, the cost has already doubled."

    No it hasn't. That is a measure of a different time period. You're comparing apples and snowshoes.

    October 2, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "We can do better."

    Perhaps. That is what legislative amendments are for once you see how the legislation interacts with the industry and the market. It almost never requires simply repealing things whole-hog, especially when there is so much that it is doing right and doing well. However, it should be pointed out that according to the Commonwealth Fund's study, Mittens WON'T "do better," so I find it odd that you'd say we can do better and then suggest him.

    October 2, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Barbara NJ

    As a billionaire businessman why haven't we learned of any poor or middle income indidual(s) esculation in to wealth by Romney and Bain. We have plenty stories of plant employees forced into proverty and into unemployment while Romney & billionaire buddies walked away with millions in gains. Romney has the means to help many but appears to hates the poor and tries to get middle class Americans to view less fortunate as unworthy parasites (seniors included).

    October 2, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Jake in Omaha

    " Romney's pledge to repeal the law and replace it with more targeted policies. "

    Yes that is the problem with Willard he will repeal health care and replace it with replace it with.

    THE REPUBLICAN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY PLAN.

    October 2, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. ghostriter

    Borderless, were you this enthusiatically screaming at Bush for the fallen soldier in Afghanistan? Were for closing Gitmo before 2009?

    Please don't sit here and act all shocked now. You folks rubber stamped Bush's wars, even when it was discovered that one of them was started under false pretenses. Don't get high and mighty now.

    October 2, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. ghostriter

    Republicans only believe reports that come from the Heritage Foundation. No political connections there.

    October 2, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. The REAL Truth...

    @Four and The Door – ACA is a scam on the middle class.
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    Seriously ??? Are you seriously stating that you believe that ACA – 95% of which is a "Republican" health care plan (including the individual mandate) modeled COMPLETELY on Willard's MA plan – is a SCAM on the middle class ???? Puh-lease.. why is it that right wingers always disagree with their own policies when it comes to Obama ??
    It's the same with the impending "fiscal cliff" !! THAT's the deal you wrangled from Obama over the debt ceiling/downgrade. Now y'all are whining about the VERY CUTS you wanted implemented. Sheesh.. such hypocrisy from the right.

    October 2, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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