Romney pushes back on Obamacare comparisons
October 30th, 2013
12:38 PM ET
9 months ago

Romney pushes back on Obamacare comparisons

(CNN) - Hours before President Barack Obama's event on Wednesday in Boston promoting his health care law, his Republican challenger from last year's election criticized Obamacare.

White House officials say the President, appearing in the backyard of Mitt Romney, will say in a speech that the Affordable Care Act is based largely on the health care law that the 2012 GOP presidential nominee implemented as governor of Massachusetts last decade.

Romney, in a statement on Wednesday, revived a line he used quite often on the campaign trail contrasting his state's initiative with Obama's signature domestic achievement, which is now being skewered in Washington over the rocky rollout of its website.

"In the years since the Massachusetts health care law went into effect, nothing has changed my view that a plan crafted to fit the unique circumstances of a single state should not be grafted onto the entire country," Romney said.

"Beyond that, had President Obama actually learned the lessons of Massachusetts health care, millions of Americans would not lose the insurance they were promised they could keep, millions more would not see their premiums skyrocket, and the installation of the program would not have been a frustrating embarrassment," Romney said. "Health reform is best crafted by states with bipartisan support and input from its employers, as we did, without raising taxes, and by carefully phasing it in to avoid the type of disruptions we are seeing nationally."

Obama is expected to say the Massachusetts measure had many challenges early on like the national health care law, but is now providing quality and affordable health insurance.

White House spokesman Jay Carney signaled the President would draw a comparison between the low enrollment numbers so far for Obamacare and a similar sluggish start to the Romney health care plan.

"As has been the case in Massachusetts and in other similar kinds of programs, when you have this sort of extended shopping period, most people tend to wait until closer to the deadline before they actually enroll," Carney said.

The President will deliver his speech at Boston's Faneuil Hall, the Colonial-era meeting house where Romney signed the Massachusetts health plan into law.

David Simas, a senior White House strategy and communications official, told reporters on Tuesday that regarding the president's Wednesday speech, "No, there's no outreach to Governor Romney."

A source close to the former governor told CNN that Romney was not invited to the event.

A former Romney campaign adviser and spokesman had low expectations for the President's speech.

"Unless he stands up in Faneuil Hall and unveils a revamped, working website and admits he misled the country about how their insurance policies would be affected, it will be just another Obama speech. One full of empty promises, self-serving rhetoric and intellectual dishonesty," said Kevin Madden, a Republican strategist and CNN contributor.

Stuart Stevens, a former top adviser to Romney's 2012 campaign, compared news coverage of Obamacare to news coverage of the Vietnam War in the 1960's and 1970's, which started out non-controversial before becoming extremely critical of U.S. efforts.

"This coverage is so much like the coverage of Vietnam. It was all great for so long until reporters really got on the ground and saw the reality," Stevens told CNN.

CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak contributed to this story


Filed under: Health care • Massachusetts • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Oh shut up Willard! The gentlemen who created Romneycare said the rollout didn't go smoothly as well. So exit stage left and stfu. Pay your taxes tax cheat!

    October 30, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. just saying

    "Beyond that, had President Obama actually learned the lessons of Massachusetts health care, millions of Americans would not lose the insurance they were promised they could keep, millions more would not see their premiums skyrocket, and the installation of the program would not have been a frustrating embarrassment," Romney said. "Health reform is best crafted by states with bipartisan support and input from its employers, as we did, without raising taxes, and by carefully phasing it in to avoid the type of disruptions we are seeing nationally."
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    this highly intelligent and successful man lost to a pathological liar and a total incompetent because of the lies that were told by the left and obamas supporters in the press. we are now reaping the destruction of those lies. americans should have learned a very valuable lesson and should never vote for another lying democrat ever again.

    October 30, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    I love it when these LOSERS try to act like they're more superior to THIS POTUS.

    FIFY.
    3 time LOSER!!

    October 30, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    The twit with the creepy smile talks. I guess his huge 11,000 square feet mansion (replacing a simple 3,000) with the car elevators is not enough to keep him occupied.
    Sorry man who should never be allowed to have another dog but the ACA is patterned after your romneycare.
    As I have said before my brother in law, who lives in Massachusetts, says that this is the only thing he can thank you for, medical insurance!

    October 30, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. O'drama ya Mama

    Lets see all the GOPers jump back on the Romney wagon. First hes their ultimate candidate, then after he loses they claim he wasnt conservative enough. lets see if the pattern holds.

    October 30, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. the hippies were right

    @just saying, Never one fact, just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo words. I bet you slobber all over your keyboard as you type. Take a pill, turn off Fox and everything will be ok.

    October 30, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. rs

    Like anyone believes Romney? A man so craven he hides his income in foreign banks? The "car elevator" guy. The one who didn't believe in doing anything for the people who wouldn't vote for him? THAT GUY? Who cares what the Flip-Flopper says?

    October 30, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. chuck holman

    Luke.. I am your father..

    Romney is not only a blowhard, he is angry because so much of the ACA is rooted in his own work as the Governor of a state that likes their health exchange, but did NOT and would not vote for Romney for President

    October 30, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Marcus (from...?)

    just saying – 'death panels' comes to mind every time, EVERY TIME, you or one of your buddies come with the accusation that, regarding the ACA, the 'left' lied about it.

    October 30, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    Oh how I wish President Obama could run for a 3rd term. That would drive the right all the way over the edge.

    October 30, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Mittens was always a pathological liar. I think Americans have had enough of the those who pander to right wing domestic terrorists, so Mittens needs to go away.

    October 30, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Irepubilcan (Irresponsible Republicans)

    Country first should be the goal! As a former party member I am appauled at the self-serving tea partiers. They don't care about the United States. They're like the kids who think they were too cool to come to the party after being invited and declined to attend, and then have their own conpeting party that no body comes too, because the music is terrible. Next thet try to crash the first party and start damaging your property, because they are angry. NO MORE. TEA PARTY GET OUT OF MY PARTY!

    October 30, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. jinx9to88

    @ just saying

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    LMAO!! Get over it the elections are over. Mittens only lost by 5 million votes. LMAO!! So your "just saying" GOP never lies? You should really get out of the Fox bubble, the weather is nice out here in the real world.

    October 30, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    just saying wrote:

    this highly intelligent and successful man lost to a pathological liar and a total incompetent because of the lies that were told by the left and obamas supporters in the press. .... ....
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    "What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander." Spoken by one who told the most lies in POTUS campaign history.

    October 30, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    Election is over Mr. Romney

    October 30, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. From US

    Stop messing with our beloved President, or you're really going to upset the US, who overwhelmingly voted for him. Just wait until the next election.

    October 30, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Thomas

    After the election the President asked King Mitt if he would help as an advisor with the ACA plan.

    Looks like the father of five who avoided military service to our country , had more important things going on , like his super sized mansion in CALIFORNIA !

    October 30, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Jabbadahut

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes: Tax cheat? Please explain why obama appointed a number of tax evaders (google it)? Romney disclosed his tax forms, how about obama disclose his college transcripts or show the public what he covered up by presidential privilege with holder? You are just mad because Romney was right and obama was the real liar.

    October 30, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Jabbadahut

    You are all mad because Romney was correct all along. the prez still has three more years to scroo the pooch, and a mighty find job he is doing.

    October 30, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Jabba – You sound like Hannity. Romney is a 1% er, lied throughout his campaign, was beaten like a rented mule, and was put away wet. The flipper earned his nickname through his actions, and his rotating positions faster than a ceiling fan on a hot Florida afternoon.

    October 30, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Massachusetts resident

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    Oh shut up Willard! The gentlemen who created Romneycare said the rollout didn't go smoothly as well. So exit stage left and stfu. Pay your taxes tax cheat!
    ---

    Frankly, you don't know what you are talking about. I live in Massachusetts and the roll out wasn't even noticeable. Millions did NOT lose their existing healthcare plans. The only annoying aspect were the addition forms that need to be filled out with your tax return. Wait until all of the American people find out about this enjoyable aspect of Obamacare!

    October 30, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Gunderson

    Holy Smoke,
    A Democrat (Trying) to take advice from a Republician. Will wonder's never cease! So, Romney wasn't the great Wizard, the democrats think he is. Then why Pray Tell did Obama pattern Obama Care after Romney Care? Old Gunderson understand everything but Greek Part. It all Greek to old Gunderson. Trying to instruct democrat in anything is like trying to teach a monkey fly Fighter jet. But don't take old Gunderson's word for it. Just look at Roll out Obama Care. Think Fighter Jet crash. Never take word of successful person. Do it yourself. You have big success.

    October 30, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. just saying

    the hippies were right
    @just saying, Never one fact, just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo words. I bet you slobber all over your keyboard as you type. Take a pill, turn off Fox and everything will be ok.
    ---

    are you incapable of reading? do you live on another planet? obama's massive lies are now well documented. the msm covered for obama and buried the whole benghazi fiasco which involved both hillary clinton and obama, the two heads of the political party 90% of the msm votes for and supports in their writings and broadcasts.

    the american people have now experienced some of the biggest frauds ever perpetratred on them by obama and the democrats. they will not forget about this when 2014 elections roll around.

    October 30, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Who cares what this GOP reject for president and renown tax cheat says!!!!!!

    October 30, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. deee510

    The frustrating embarassment is Romney ran for president three times and lost everytime.he is not credible as he is a proven flip flopping hypocrite.im sure he will take any opportunity to take shots at the president however.

    October 30, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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