Romney mailer vows to protect health care 'choice'
October 13th, 2012
12:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney mailer vows to protect health care 'choice'

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - The message on the front of the brochure looks like something Planned Parenthood might send out to potential supporters.

"It's your health," reads a strip of bolded text, placed just above an ominous-looking photo of two doctors in scrubs, shot from the perspective of an operating table. "Shouldn't it be your choice?"

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But this isn't a mailer from abortion rights supporters or President Obama's re-election campaign. It's a new mail piece in Virginia from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, an abortion opponent.

The choice on the table this November, the inside of the brochure argues, is a choice between government-run "Obamacare" that will stunt job creation and raise taxes, and "real, patient-centered reform" that will give states and patients more freedom and flexibility.

"Barack Obama puts government's well-being before Virginia's health," reads the mailer, which was received this week by a voter in Richmond and provided to CNN. "Mitt Romney believes it's your choice."

The back side of the mailer quotes Romney from his press conference after the Supreme Court upheld Obama's health care reform law.

"This is a time of choice for the American people," he said at the time. "If we're going to get rid of Obamacare, we're going to have to replace President Obama. My mission is to make sure we do exactly that."

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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • Virginia
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. thanks, but no thank

    me Romney retrospectively withdraw every right from Bain Capital....Blah..Blah... Then this administration lies about Bengazi... Blah Blah... The problem is that all news outlets instead of calling them for pathological liars that they are keep on playing Jersey shore with our political system. Shame on you CNN you have became like FOX news, but at least they do not try to hide their motivation as you do.

    October 13, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. 200 TON HAMMER

    wow mitt you truely care for the 47 percent I am so glad you are going too open up a trustfund for the 47 percent and you helping womens rights is so awesome all those Trusting Democrats And all Trusting Republican womens with their bodies Trust you 10,000 percent mitt romney.i Also heard you Promise To make sure Ms
    Leadbetter of Alabama keep her womens rights also,you truely Undersrand All Womens Rights They All Trust you mitt even every Woman in the Great Common Wealth of Massachusetts Trusted you mitt romney just saying And The governor of Massachusetts said All the Wonderful Facts of what you did,you was a leader of misleader in misleading facts facts facts you set a world record of helping of not helping those needing jobs but your plan built on a foundation of sinking sand vision which today is working its joyful unjoyful numbing sinking feelings in the hearts and minds of millions of people who believe in your five pointless boo boo the fool you planless for the suckers who buy it locked stocked and pipe dreams

    October 13, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. greg

    That's funny, the only insurance I can get it through my job and it sucks. Needless to say its not my choice. The Affordable Care Act will give me choices, better choices, cheaper choices. The Invisble Hand of the Free Market has screwed me over. The millionaire Romney doesn't have a clue how the real world lives.

    October 13, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    This is getting ridiculous. "Obamacare" is nearly identical to "Romneycare", so Romneycare was a government takeover??? And as far as "choice" goes, Romney and the GOP are the most anti-choice politicians in history. Not only do they want to strip women of their civil and health care rights, they want to give more power to insurance companies, who will do everything in their power to make sure you have no choice but to pay them dearly. Romney is a fraud, a liar, he has no morals, no core, and as Rick Santorum said, he's the worst candidate to ever run for President.

    October 13, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. tee27

    Romney Supporter Wears 'Put The White Back In The White House' T-Shirt At Ohio Campaign Event this is what many have said from day one this is all about race.

    October 13, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. ExRepublican

    I like Obamacare.
    Romney your health care was the same.
    Romney you are disgrace to our country.

    October 13, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Jill-IN

    If people don't have Medicare defined benefits for their health care and only have the Romney voucher to try to pay for an annual health insurance premium, if they cannot come up with an extra $8000 or so to add on to it to buy their policy each year, then their choices for health care services will be slim to none. What good is an $8000 voucher if you cannot pay for the entire policy.

    October 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Jules

    More and more lies – the man has no core values. Romney obviously doesn't think that character counts. He is the most prolific political liar ever.

    October 13, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Teena

    I guess choice is not something afforded to women?

    October 13, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Dan

    Doesn't seem to me like we had much of a choice of healthcare before the ACA. An illusion of choice, sure. One that Americans love to hold onto at the expense of actual healthcare.

    October 13, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Christine

    You are correct Romney, it SHOULD be your choice...i.e. birth control and abortion. You want to take away the rights women fought so hard to get 40 years ago.

    October 13, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. peace05

    If the Mitt ticket wins, it would be –
    1. end of democracy
    2. indication that anyone can buy this reach country's poor democratic institution with extra money
    3. American voters can't think at all and one wonders if they should have the right to vote

    October 13, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. townie

    It's a woman body, shouldn't it be her choice?

    October 13, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. SafeJourney

    To Little to late romney, America knows exactly what the repug party stands for and it is NOT the majority American people

    October 13, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    Lies, lies, and more lies. Seniors get ready for your vouchers. I wonder if the newspapers will start including coupons to assist with your health care. I pray people are not dumb enough to fall for this wolf in sheeps clothing.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 13, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Dan Nwosu

    If its your health & your choice , what happens to a woman's choice over her body!!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Tom Joad

    Romney is going to make the country safe for the insurance companies and other Bainsters to screw us unfettered. Welcome to Bush 3.0, it's called " whatever you can get away with".

    October 13, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Romney wants to take away choices. There he goes again, lying left and right. Saying anything for the power.

    I don't trust him 2 feet. Why is 80% of Massachusetts voting against him? They know him best.

    October 13, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. DogBitez

    What choice? I can only afford catastrophic insurance. I can't afford insurance that allows me to see a doctor when I feel ill. And should something catastrophic happen to me, the 20% I'll have to pick up will leave me penniless for the rest of my life. ObamaCare helps, but it's far from what's needed. Romney would seek to pull that little bit of help away. My husband is now benefiting from Medicare. But is it free for him? Of course not... he PAID into it all his working life, he still has to contribute about $100 from his social security check to cover Plan B, and then he pays about $175 for a supplemental policy that would keep us from going under financially if he had a serious illness (because Medicare is otherwise a basic 80/20 plan). So his "free" Medicare costs us over $275 a month. I would love to someday see this country grow out of its Third World mentality when it comes to health care for its citizens... but I have little hope with the conservative masses believing the ridiculous propaganda from the extreme right.

    October 13, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. fernace

    It's curious that the Romney camp uses "choice" as the catchword for this mailer, since they & the entire GOTP are on record wanting to take away womens safe, legal choices, including contraception, if you ask Ryan! We have insurance choice right now, but it has worked Against consumers & For insurance companies, which get rich & powerful while denying treatments & turning away those w/pre-excisting conditions! Our country has been 1 of the few modern nations w/out Universal Healthcare for all! Now that we finally have it, they of course want to repeal! Why is that? Insurance lobby? Or an effort to keep people down? Romney says he'll replace it w/something better, more competitive & good for business, because government should not tell people how to manage their healthcare! Except when it comes to a womans choice & management of her reproductive system, that is! Obama, Next 4!!

    October 13, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. LegalizeReason

    Romney/Ryan and their fantasy economic plan will clearly see America's choice on Election Day.

    October 13, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Alex

    Oh, please Planned Parenthood, please, please, please, just run with this one! Go for it!

    October 13, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. incredulous

    Romney provides a choice all right. You can die at home or in the emergency room.

    October 13, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. Mike in Texas

    Romney's plan is free market which means insurance companies control the product. Health insurance is not like buying a car or tv. The seller has the control and drives the price. Consumers don't have the luxury to shop around. The Republicans try to sell this but it is a myth. Do you really think insurance companies are going to trip over each other to insure our elderly or provide insurance for those with pre-existing conditions? If you do, you are very naive.

    October 13, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  25. Dan

    Fact....
    When Medicare Advantage was turned over to private insurers, we were promised the competition would lower costs.
    Ten years later, the Congressional Budget Office data shows it costs Medicare $500 billion and did not provide any better care.

    October 13, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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