Romney on Obamacare promise: ‘It was not honest’
November 15th, 2013
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Romney on Obamacare promise: ‘It was not honest’

(CNN) – Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney argued Friday that President Barack Obama knowingly misled Americans when he repeatedly assured them they could keep their health insurance plans under Obamacare, a promise that turned out to be inaccurate.

Romney also detailed how he thinks the GOP can perform better in future elections and talked about feeling embarrassed when he found out someone had leaked confidential information about his campaign for the new book, “Double Down.”

‘What starts twisted stays twisted’

Romney said beyond the technical difficulties of HealthCare.gov, the bigger problem for the President was his pledge to Americans that they could maintain their plans if they liked them.

“That promise was not accurate. It was not honest, and the whole foundation of his second term, I think, is in jeopardy as a result of that,” he said in an interview with CBS’ “This Morning,” in which he was joined by his wife, Ann.

Asked if Obama lied to Americans on purpose, Romney said the President “understood that a lot of people would lose their insurance.”

“They knew that and yet said, ‘Well, you can keep your insurance, period’,” Romney continued. “It's dishonest. What starts twisted stays twisted, and it's not going to be able to be fixed until we fundamentally reshape Obamacare.”

Obama repeatedly apologized Thursday when he announced his administration would allow insurers to extend policies for a year to the millions of people who’ve been getting cancellation notices. He also attempted to explain why he and other Democrats originally told people they’d be able to keep their plans.

“My expectation was that for 98 percent of the American people either it genuinely wouldn't change at all or they would be pleasantly surprised with the options in the marketplace and that the grandfather clause would cover the rest,” Obama said. “That proved not to be the case. That's on me.”

Romney, who oversaw similar health care reform when he was governor in Massachusetts , said his state fared better in its rollout of the law because “the implementation was slow on purpose.”

“There was time to iron out the software problems that would make it be more smooth as larger and larger groups of people applied,” he said.

The GOP’s future and immigration

Romney said he’s not going to run for president again but said he sees his role in the party as an advocate for better nominating processes.

“I’m concerned about a trend to move toward caucuses and conventions for nominating candidates as opposed to primaries. I want more people to be involved in the process because I want conservatives to win – not just to fight, but to win,” he said.

The former GOP nominee also weighed in on immigration, following House Speaker John Boehner’s announcement this week that he has “no intention” of ever taking up the Senate-passed immigration reform bill or reconciling with the Senate to come up with a compromise

Romney, who’s famously known for pushing 'self-deportation' during the 2012 GOP primaries, said he’s “absolutely convinced that the Republican Party must deal with immigration.”

As for 2016, Romney, as well as Ann, named Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as strong potential presidential candidates if they decide to run.

“I do believe that those who come here illegally ought to have an opportunity to get in line with everybody else,” he continued. “I don't think those who come here illegally should jump to the front of the line or be given a special deal…but I think they should have a chance just like anybody else to get in line and to become a citizen if they'd like to do so.”

Embarrassed by a leak

Last week CNN reported that Romney called Christie immediately after excerpts from a book about the 2012 campaign had details about Romney's vice presidential selection process and Christie's vetting as a possible running mate.

"It's very disappointing," Christie said in an exclusive interview with CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper. "I think it's a complete violation of trust of me and the spirit within which I entered that process."

According to the campaign book “Double Down,” there were concerns about Christie’s health and weight during the vetting process and how Christie, when he was serving as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey, had been investigated by the Justice Department for exceeding government travel expense rates.

Romney said Friday he “was very upset” about the leak and that it “embarrassed my campaign and embarrassed me.”

“And I told (Christie), I’m very sorry, this is not something he expected. When you provide confidential information to a presidential candidate or nominee, you expect him to keep it private,” he said.


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  1. Gurgyl

    Are you talking about Honesty after 47 percent comment and putting money in CAYMAN ISLANDS? Nonsense.

    November 15, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Me

    Anonymous

    This is the second time Romney has called the President a liar. More proof that money can't buy class,
    character or respect.
    These are words we expect from the Faux crowd, and not from one who wants to be "important" to
    a group of people who have even less character than him.
    At least the President apologized for the mistakes made, and is trying to fix it. I have more
    repect for people who try to do the right thing, even if it falls short, than I do for huffers and puffers.
    All Teapublicans are huffing and puffing, holding witch hunts, beating their chests over what
    they perceive to be a "victory" for their obstructionist tactics and the harm they have done to
    the American people-with no apologies.
    Never again will I trust a Republican
    ____________________
    First you never did trust republicans in the first place so no one cares. Second, what do you want him to lie, yep you must be a liberal!!!

    November 15, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Tony

    Michael Moon, the HHS regulations do not do what you said. The regulations are tight, but they do not cancel ANY plan that has changed AT ALL. You are engaging in oversimplification, just like the president when he made his pledge.

    November 15, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Wake up People!

    The POTUS didn't lie. This was the insurance companies working in conjunction with the GOPT and the MSM. Simply to see him fail.
    -------
    What color is the sky in your little universe? You can't out of one side of your pie hole that the ACA was a massive giveaway to the insurance companies and out of the other side say that the insurance companies are trying to kill something that you originally said was a huge cash cow for them.

    P.S. Obama lied. BIG TIME. He's lied before. This time it was so blatant that even MSNBC isn't covering for him. He's a LIAR.

    November 15, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Aaaaah, what CNN left out on purpose: Mittens then went on to claim that MA's rollout of Romneycare was "slow on purpose" as if that's not a bald-faced lie and easily disproven by talking to any number of people. MA did not "plan" to have only 123 people sign up in the first month its Romneycare website was available. Basically, Mittens just went from criticizing Obama for saying something untrue and then followed it up with a desperate untruth of his own in an attempt to create a talking point that counters the fact that the rollouts are analogous. Mittens is so full of sheisse you can see the turds in the back of his throat when he's flapping his lips.

    November 15, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. smith

    @Sniffit-Duh, of course the insurance companies are going to use the ACA to their advantage. The banks did the same thing when Clinton changed the community reivestment act. Obama let it happend just like Clinton. Like I said, ignorant and stupid to their own law.

    November 15, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Me

    Wake up People!

    And President Romney speaks. And he knows a lot about deliberate lies.
    GFY Mitt.

    The POTUS didn't lie. This was the insurance companies working in conjunction with the GOPT and the MSM. Simply to see him fail.
    ____________
    Man you liberals are just sad, blame everyone but where it belongs, do you have no shame??? Good think America did WAKE UP, what is Obama's approval ratings, oh ya about the same as Bush's during the same time of his presidency, LESS THAN 40%!!!! How many American's trust Obama, LESS THEN DON"T TRUST HIM that is for sure!!! LMFOA

    November 15, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Wake up People!

    I thought so Dominican Mama, and when he said it, Fox-lite was quiet as a church mouse.

    November 15, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Me

    Sniffit

    Aaaaah, what CNN left out on purpose: Mittens then went on to claim that MA's rollout of Romneycare was "slow on purpose" as if that's not a bald-faced lie and easily disproven by talking to any number of people. MA did not "plan" to have only 123 people sign up in the first month its Romneycare website was available. Basically, Mittens just went from criticizing Obama for saying something untrue and then followed it up with a desperate untruth of his own in an attempt to create a talking point that counters the fact that the rollouts are analogous. Mittens is so full of sheisse you can see the turds in the back of his throat when he's flapping his lips.
    _____________
    Ya and I am sure you talked direct with those people, like fair said, what is the sky in your world???? Sad just sad!! Talk about lying through your teeth!!!

    November 15, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "Duh, of course the insurance companies are going to use the ACA to their advantage. "

    They're not "using the ACA to their advantage." They're quite literally lying to and misleading people in order to avoid the ACA, keep people from gong to the exchanges and avoid competition in the market. "Free market" principles are founded above all else on the idea of competition. The exchanges help create competition and so they're desperately trying to find an end-run around the ACA, not manipulating it to their advantage. Mark my words: What some of them are doing is going to result in fines and prosecutions. Humana already got fined. USHealth Group is flirting with getting themselves prosecuted. You can bet your bippy that they're not the only ones.

    November 15, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. A True Conservative

    This is hilarious!! All the Obama drones out attempting to defend him!! He didn't Lie? Are you kidding me? You have all strayed so from reality that is no longer even worth attempting to bring you back!!

    November 15, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "Duh, of course the insurance companies are going to use the ACA to their advantage. "

    They're not "using the ACA to their advantage." They're quite literally lying to and misleading people in order to avoid the ACA, keep people from gong to the exchanges and avoid competition in the market. "Free market" principles are founded above all else on the idea of competition. The exchanges help create competition and so they're desperately trying to find an end-run around the ACA, to mislead people away from the exchanges and dupe them into buying bunk products for higher rates. That's not manipulating the ACA to their advantage; it's blatantly trying to avoid it. The same was true for the banks creating ridiculous subprime mortgages with insane ballooning interest rate schemes buried in them, then bundling all the mortgage backed securities together, having them overrated as AAA investment vehicles, insuring them based on the bunk rating and then playing games called credit default swaps, which was essentially the big tell that they knew they'd pulled the pin on a grenade and needed to play hot potato in an attempt not to be the one caught holding it when it went off (Lehman had that honor). THAT was also an attempt to AVOID the law and make and end-run around it...not "using it to their advantage."

    Mark my words: What some of the insurance companies are doing right now is going to result in heavy fines and some prosecutions. Humana already got fined. USHealth Group is flirting with getting themselves prosecuted. You can bet your bippy that they're not the only ones.

    November 15, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Wake up People!

    Actually Fair, the sky in my universe changes depending on the weather. Today it's slightly grayish-blue, with a tiny bit of sun trying to peek through. That said, you know a lot more about the health care industry than I do. I can only go by my experiences and those of the people I know. Fact is, when I was covered under BC/BS, my rates went up annually and the benefits decreased. However if I needed any erectile dysfunction meds, they were readily available. It got so bad, my employer switched to AETNA, who was just as bad. Raising rates and lowering coverage and this all happened prior to me ever even hearing the name Barack Obama.

    Have a great day, unFair.

    November 15, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Data Driven

    @Me,

    "Ya and I am sure you talked direct with those people, like fair said, what is the sky in your world???? Sad just sad!! Talk about lying through your teeth!!!"

    And what does "talking with people" have to do with anything??? 123 is 123!!!!

    It's called FACTS!!!!!!!!

    November 15, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. S.B. Stein

    I guess Romney thinks that Obama was lying from the get go about the law. Well, I think that Romney should understand that Obama's intentions and what he though would happen led to what he said. Romney's view of the world is skewed to think that the wealthy are going to do the proper thing. I just don't see it. If they did, then there would non-profit groups funded by wealthy people from all political perspectives to have things done so the government won't have to do them.

    November 15, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "After GW Bush and the crash , his fellow republicans blaming everyone but themselves , then doing nothing , obstructing with no new ideas or vision"

    Well, yes, Thomas. GOPerville DOES have a vision. They've decided that doom, gloom, angst, gnashing of teeth, and hand wringing is the new normal in America. I don't know. I suppose moaning and groaning is a big seller in GOPerville, but I would suggest that most Americans have had it up to their neck listening to (and reading) one miserable GOPer complaint after another miserable GOPer complaint. Distractions notwithstanding, Cable news ratings have diminished over the years.

    I guess one made up controversy after another made up controversy has yet to give the complainers their fill of frenzy feedings.

    But, for the majority of Americans, well ... I suspect we've had our fill. Then again, MOST Americans aren't supporters of the TeaParty in the same manner in which GOPerville supports TeaPers.

    Thus, the doom and gloom continues. Unabated.

    November 15, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Fair is Fair
    Obama lied. BIG TIME. He's lied before. This time it was so blatant that even MSNBC isn't covering for him. He's a LIAR.

    Now, now... only three more years of President Obama and then eight years of Hillary... ENJOY! ;-)

    November 15, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "Ya and I am sure you talked direct with those people, like fair said, what is the sky in your world???? Sad just sad!! Talk about lying through your teeth!!!"

    I don't need to talk with those people to know Mittens is lying. I lived through MA debating, drafting, enacting and implementing Romneycare and am quite familiar with all of it. There was no "plan" to "roll it out slow on purpose." There was no intention to see only 123 people sign up for Romneycare in the first month. There was an expectation by some experts that enrollment would start slow and pick up speed, and that expectation was confirmed by reality, but it was in no way "planned" to have a "slow rollout." Mittens is full of crap and is trying to manipulate the historical record based on hindsight being 20/20. I mentioned talking to people because that's what the MSM should do, particularly the MIT professor who basically designed Romneycare, Jonathan Gruber...because he'd laugh at Mittens' claim.

    November 15, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Denise

    If Obama's opponents and haters were even remotely as popular as a used car salesman then Houston we might have a problem! This, too, shall pass................................

    November 15, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    Old What's-His-Name told the truth, FOR ONCE, when he said he Fumbled the Ball on the Roll out of Obama Care. The game is over, not long until Obama Care bites the dust.

    November 15, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Nancy

    So says alexithymic Mitt, who was "awarded" THE LIE OF THE YEAR prize with that fear-mongering JEEP AD.

    November 15, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Rusty Krus

    @Fair is Fair
    Obama lied. BIG TIME. He's lied before. This time it was so blatant that even MSNBC isn't covering for him. He's a LIAR.

    Such anger, such vitriol! Where was your rightous indignation when President Cheney sent tousands of our children to their deaths in Iraq?

    November 15, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. ghostwriter

    I guess what gets me about conservatives is how they pounce on things like this and can completely ignore their own party's fouls. Ask any conservative where the death panels are and you'll get some mumbo jumbo explanation.

    November 15, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "not long until Obama Care bites the dust."

    Not long? Oh, well then, please do hold your breath.

    November 15, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Abbey

    Mitts gets in a few jabs. Really I feel sorry for those Americans who put so much faith into Obama and his nutty agenda. So of you really should understand the differences between states and Federal rights.

    November 15, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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