September 17th, 2007
02:45 PM ET
16 years ago

Romney: Clinton health care plan is 'bad medicine'

Watch Mitt Romney's response to Sen. Hillary Clinton's universal health care plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted Sen. Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan Monday, calling it “bad medicine.”

“You’ll see that version 2.0 is not likely to have any more success than 1.0,” said Romney, referring to Sen. Clinton’s first attempt to reform the healthcare system in 1993. “'Hillary Care’ continues to be bad medicine.”

Romney, who implemented comprehensive healthcare reform during his term as governor of Massachusetts, said Clinton’s plan relied too much on the federal government and not enough on states or the private market.

“In her plan, it's crafted by Washington; it should be crafted by the states. In her plan, we have government Washington managed health care. Instead, we should rely on the private markets to guide health care,” Romney said during a press conference.

Like the plan passed in Massachusetts during Romney's time in office, Clinton's plan would require individuals to have some form of health care insurance.

But Romney emphatically said the plan implement in Massachusetts was “entirely different” from Sen. Clinton’s.

“Her plan is crafted by Washington. Mine is crafted by individual states,” Romney explained. “Her plan has government insurance. Mine has private insurance. Her plan raises taxes. Mine does not raise tax.”

Related: Clinton unveils mandatory health care insurance plan

- CNN Ticker Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: Healthcare • Hillary Clinton • Mitt Romney
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Lance from "Cally" and Cable "King" I realize you both hate Republicans and love Democrats, fair enough.

    But don't let your ignorance get it the way of the truth. Romney worked with the DEMOCRATS in MASSACHUSETTS of all places to come up with a working plan that got passed.

    The gist of the matter is a Republican with a WHOLLY Democratic legislature worked together to come up with a viable, do-able and PASSABLE plan and that should be the states "model" for all to look at and IMPROVE ON when any slight issues arise.

    Wow, imagine working together for a common goal that benefits actual PEOPLE.

    September 17, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. Nate, Minneapolis, MN

    Yup, federally mandated programs work the best...just ask any Democrat about the "No Child Left Behind"'ll glow afterwards with their fantastic reviews.

    September 17, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. bprossersme

    Hillary's healthcare plan is more than just bad medicine, it's Communistic. Wake up!

    September 17, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Article in Tuesday's Boston Globe compares Clinton & Romney (as governer) plan on health care; more matches than misses – flip-flop or telling more lies? Remember he is a "life-long hunter" and the dog loved traveling on the roof of the car!

    September 18, 2007 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  5. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Romney is the hardest working, most presidential candidate on the ticket. He gets more than his fair share from bigots, and political foes.

    But as a Republican:

    What I see in Romney, is someone who loves America, really loves what she stands for and someone who will care about the well-being and successfulness of the Republican Party for some time to come. And if you see what he has done for numerous companies and the Olympics, you can see him infusing a lot of improvement and marketability into our party as well.

    And Romney will find the most efficient way to do healthcare.

    September 18, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Cary - Lowell, IN

    Makes sense to me. Give the states their rightful soverignty.

    September 18, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Bill Janulis, Brookfield, IL

    I chuckle at Mitt Romney's characterization of Hilary Clinton's proposed health plan as "Washington managed health care," utilizing "government insurance." I assume he is referring to the part of the plan that will broaden the current federal employees plan to cover other citizens. I got news for Mr. Rommney. I am a federal employee and my plan is with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, hardly Washington managed health care. But hey, why let the truth get in the way of a catchy campaign trail rhetoric!

    September 24, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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