Romney: Health care law ‘rotting’ Obama's second term
November 3rd, 2013
11:58 AM ET
1 year ago

Romney: Health care law ‘rotting’ Obama's second term

Washington (CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Sunday that the botched rollout of the federal health exchange not only proves the President "failed to learn the lessons that came from the experience in Massachusetts," but also threatens to derail the credibility of his entire second term agenda.

"The fact that the president sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second term. I think it's rotting away," Romney told David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press."


Romney berated Obama for how he sold the Affordable Care Act during the 2012 presidential campaign. The President routinely fell back on a chorus line of, "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period." But that’s not the case. Americans across the country have received cancellation notices from their policy suppliers across the country because their previous plans do not meet the minimum requirements under the new law.

In the wake of the President's trip to Boston to support his signature health care law, the former Massachusetts governor, whose reforms of that state’s health insurance industry helped provide the foundation for the Affordable Care Act, said Obama's approach also ignored the "differences between different states and populations."

"First of all, the Massachusetts experience was a state-run plan. The right way to deal with health care reform is not to have a one-size-fits-all plan that's imposed on all the states," Romney said.

Another lesson, Romney said, is that health reform doesn’t necessarily reduce costs.

"Massachusetts teaches some important lessons some states are not going to want to follow. One lesson is health insurance is more expensive in Massachusetts than anywhere else in the country," Romney said.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    That was the reason he didn’t run for second term

    November 3, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. likeaplan

    lol....Romney knows a thing or two about "rotting." Like his campaign.

    November 3, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Tony

    When the Heritage Foundation, a Republican think tank, invented the individual mandate in the late 1980s/early 1990s, it was not designed for Massachusetts. Romney enacted the Massachusetts health care program with the individual mandate in 2006, and he touted the program as a model for the nation in 2009. If Republicans won't stop lying about Obamacare, they will never win another national election.

    November 3, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. NameFrank Deery

    Romney is right about HC rotting the second
    Obama term, which, also, Is, to quote Hillary Clinton, "careening from crisis to crisis" along with this latest fiasco.
    Obama ran a tighter, if still leaky ship in his first term. Now, not a candidate, he let things slide-from Boston to Syria-to even his "signature legislation". What's next?

    Obama lied about health care and demonized Romney to win! He did. America
    did not. At least Romney could explain the
    Mass. Health Care, and he understood the rules. Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and Sebelius have Yet to explain or understand their version – they wrote it!

    November 3, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. GMENFAN54

    Hey Mitt...find those tax returns yet?

    November 3, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. sonkarlay

    Our health care system works very fine so what we get from the federal will build our infrastructure, because we are stupid to let our citizens suffer because we want to give the richest people tax cuts, that's how our tax systems work for us here

    November 3, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. the hippies were right

    Thanks for your opinion Romly....I mean Romany.....I mean Mitt. Sorry, I forgot your name. I remember now, just over a year ago you were gonna save the country from impending doom, then you just disappeared. I guess it was all just a bunch of hype. Oh well good luck with that car elevator.

    November 3, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Why do we need his opinion? Pathetic. ACA IS A LAW. Web site can be fixed soon.

    November 3, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is rotting his second term.........in precisely the same way as his first term.........with dictatorship.

    November 3, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Hector Slagg

    MORE OF THE SAME,
    Over the last 100 years the people bought the Liberal Idea that they "Would Take Care of You" Mentality so the people bought the idea that it was working. Now today the country is in all kinds of trouble and getting worse. The latest pitch is raise the National Debt Ceiling. The liberal's want to raise taxes, except it is on those that make over $200,000.00. Why? Because they sold the public a bill of goods they can't pay. The Liberal's will tell you we left the 1930's. No we didn't. They just Re-Invented it. Now they want to Re-Invent the old Soviet Union.

    November 3, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Gary

    Former Governor, former presidential candidate, current looser.

    November 3, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. JJ

    He should fade into the sunset on a horse right next to Sarah Palin... Time to leave the spotlight

    November 3, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Dennis Freeman

    If anyone would recognize something rotting, he would, or should. Like his 2012 campaign...

    November 3, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Peace

    Who cares and ready to listen what any loser says. Please media, will you stop interviewing losers. They have nothing good to offer. If one can open their hearts and see inside, are full of bitterness only.

    November 3, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Evergreen

    If these people are not complaining they have nothing at all to say. IMO the President's second term is rotting the republican party because it has forced them to reveal their true nature.

    November 3, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. labman57

    With respect to the current technical glitches in the ObamaCare web site, Republicans want to delay the implementation of the ACA for at least a year in order to buy time needed to develop strategies for have it completely repealed or neutered. They are certainly not interested in using the time to improve the stability and security of the online resources.

    Bottom line: The web site will be fixed in a few weeks.
    The same cannot be said of the Republican Party and its self-destructive tea party faction.

    November 3, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Adventure49

    Romney's biggest problem with Obamacare is that it helps the 47% instead of just the top 1%.

    November 3, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. S. B. Stein

    Romney really doesn't know what he is talking about. If the GOP in Congress really had taking an active part in crafting the law, then there would be a better out come. They refused and don't want a thing to do with it because they like the status quo with people not having access to health insurance and therefore affordable medical care.

    November 3, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. 2020

    Oh, Mitt. Do not worry. Obamacare is just as good as, or better than Romneycare because they learned it from you.

    Hey, Run again in 2016. We like 3 strikes

    November 3, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. jboh

    Who cares what some elitist plutocrat says. Go back to cheating on your taxes, Mr 47%.

    November 3, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Ex-Republican

    Oh boo-ho- Romney you never won a first term. Bitter aren't we Romney. Romney pay your taxes like the rest of us. It is a slow news day. Gotta go 2 minute warning with my NFL game.

    November 3, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |