Can Romney find a cure for ‘Romneycare?’
May 12th, 2011
08:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Can Romney find a cure for ‘Romneycare?’

Washington (CNN) - For Mitt Romney, it's not just a question – it’s more like a campaign illness he'd like to cure once and for all.

"I was hoping I would be asked that question. Great. It's about time," Romney joked at a recent GOP forum in New Hampshire. The question, of course, was about the health care reform bill Romney signed into law as governor of Massachusetts in 2006.


Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    There is no cure for the prescription what you've prescribed for Massachusetts Mitt. You passed it, now live with it. It's nothing to be ashamed of. Except the right wing will crucify you for doing so. They'd prefer you let grandma die.

    May 12, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "Has he ever stood up to his own party?" - John McCain

    Good question. Can ROMNEY find a cure? The cure is simple, but the Governer has not demonstrated the backbone to stand on HIS principles and his record. Those are two critical qualities people look for in a Commander-In-Chief. Two tests that Romney has failed over and over again. Can you name any original idea Romney has put forth recently?

    May 12, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. Roscoe

    On this issue, I think it comes down to one question for Romney....are you going to stand up for what you believe in or are you going to be tea bagged?

    On other issues, like comparing his sons working on his campaign to military service, Romney should just admit to being a POS.

    May 12, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. GI Joe

    NO WAY. Will never vote for someone that worships JOSEPH SMITH. Nor will I ever vote for someone we FIRED SEVERAL YEARS AGO FOR BEING A CROOK AND A WOMANIZER.

    May 12, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Indy

    If people see the truth Romney will not get a cure for Robama Care, there is no way to lie his way out of this one.Mitts can't change the facts at the 11th hour and Robama Care is one major problem for him getting the nod for the Republican ticket.

    May 12, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. w l jones

    Just say I am An American For My fellow American And leave at that.

    May 12, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    What's so hard about everyone having to buy health insurance? We must buy auto insurance, which keeps my cost down. I have lived in states where it was not required, and rates dropped when it was. Why should healthy people be allowed to not buy into health insurance until they take ill? Insurance companies are right to turn those individuals. But, those who have insurance pay for the ones who opt out and suddenly want to join and claim benefits. Are you okay with that? I'm not. This is not an ideological question. It is an excercise in common sense.

    Insurance companies also turned down seniors in decades past, which is why Medicare was created to protect them. Insurance didn't want to cover them, so the government set a program to protect its' citizens who have made a life long contribution to our sociiety. Romeny was correct in stating that it does not work without 100% participation.

    May 12, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  8. Don

    It's kind of ironic.
    The most likely Republican candidate that could win a general election, is probably not radical enough to be their candidate, and he created a system which looks almost exactly like Obamacare which he then has to run against as being so terrible.
    While at the same time the people who screamed about the horror of the mandate elected Republicans who overwhelmingly voted in the House to require an insurance mandate.

    May 12, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. Mad in CT

    Oh, so now its an experiment that you are trying to distance yourself from?!? Mitt, you know how sometimes you experiment with something and you abandon it because it doesn't work? Well, sir, we experimented with you last time and you clearly didn't work. Now we see that although we didn't have all the answers, Americans were right to cast you aside. You have since cemented your credentials as a flip flopper in chief, all around chameleon and Bagga' sympathizer whose crowning achievement is "Rich, Pretty Boy Mormon With Great Hair". The job qualifications for POTUS requires something a little better than that. So, thank you for your interest in joining the POTUS fraternity, but, after serious consideration of your skills we have decided to pursue other qualified candidates. We wish you luck in all your future endeavors.

    May 12, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. Republican's Are Fraud's !

    Flip Flop , Flip Flop , Mitten's is Flip Flopping again ! This guy is just a pandering buffoon . Romney if you won't stand behind your own policy how do you expect people to trust you on anything ? Romney is just a total loser , I am beginning to see why John McCain beat him out last election ! President Obama is a shoe in ! It's already over, the Republican's just don't know it yet !

    May 12, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  11. Seattle Sue

    Romney will never be President, same for Gingrich. Gingrich has had too many wives and did too many rotten things while he was in congress. Romney is a Mormon, which the red neck,radical religious right will never except and of course he has that medical in Mass. that the right wing thinks people should not have medical care.

    May 12, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. FactCheck

    No. Next question.

    May 12, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    GOP/Tea Party conservatives would rather forgive Gingrich for his moral indiscretions in his marriages than Romney for expanding health care coverage to the less fortunate in Massachusetts.

    May 12, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. barry

    Mr. Romney, you need to "Stand up to "Teaparty and GOP racism,Medicare Theft, and the Theft of Womens Health Rights, or your just another, "ONE OF THEM" Good luck losing if you don,t!!!

    May 12, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. Shaka Flexx

    Romney is a Democrat mole in the Republican party a.k.a. Trojan Horse. If he became president, he will promptly change his mind and support Obamacare wholeheartedly. Flip-flopper!

    May 12, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. diridi

    If any one talks about and of Health Care Reform, they will be defeated mercilessly, because it is a needed reform in the nation, and it has been long overdue, and has been passed in 2010 March.....It is a real need for America. Glad it is passed along with Financial Reform. Cut Subsidies to Big oil companies, Tax big oil companies, take off all the derivatives of big oil companies, which were passed when oil was 17 dollar per barrel., Tax who make more than 250k or more....way to not fear, good luck.....Be oil independenat, do not forget. When Free Market and Capitalism get too much greedy, this is exactly what happens in any nation. Learn. Bring back all Manufacturing to America. Americans, please do not buy made in other nations, see the label, saying "Made In USA", then buy....good luck....

    May 12, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Romney stated that Obama never called him about what worked and didn't in MA. What happened to Romney's phone? Doesn't it work as well to call Obama? Can't he call a president of a different party? He didn't try to work something through the members of the House and Senate that represent MA? Oh, that's right. He left the state to live else where.

    May 12, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. scott

    as president obama says: thank you govenor romney....your was a brave new idea that gave the president a template for the rest of the country.

    May 12, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Mindie in Indie

    So.....right off the bat Mittens admits he's a failure – great start Mittens

    May 12, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. ed dugan

    The individual mandate thing has been way overblown. In Mass., you either buy insurance or pay a tax. At least the taxes go a long way in helping the State pay for what is now "free" care. It's not free – where do these idiots think the money is coming from – THEIR taxes! The bottom line is health care must be paid for. It can be paid for by people buying it, it can be paid for by people who don't want it or can't afford it paying taxes so the State can provide care, or it can be paid for by the State paying for it and getting no money in return. You figure it out.

    May 12, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. Dr Matrix

    Maybe the right would be happy if the removed the manditory clause and inserted a clause that stated with no health insurance there would be no health care provided under any circumstances. Maybe what they want to say is if you can't afford health insurance, you don't deserve to live. I wonder how many of these people would be willing to give up their medicare and turn in all those scooters they ride around the Tea Party conventions in that were paid for by our tax dollars. I'll bet they are mostly "pro-life" too.

    May 12, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. Solutions and not Rhetoric

    This type of hypocrisy is just plain annoying. Obama care IS Romney care whether or not Republicans/Teapartiers/Conservatives want to believe it or not.

    May 12, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. Glenda

    No one has found one yet for Obamacare except not funding it and voting the nitwit out of office.

    May 12, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Health Care

    The cost to Mass due to this are higher, ER visits are up, and the access to primary care and specialists are going down. There is a price to pay for everything.

    May 12, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    We Democrats are fortunate that The TEA Party holds such sway with Republicans.
    A comparatively moderate candidate like Romney (who might actually be able to get some intelligent Independent votes) will never get to be on the ticket.
    The "winner take all, and I do mean ABSOLUTELY ALL" attitudes of TEA persons makes them pretty unattractive for thinking people who disagree with them on any aspect of their many faceted agenda.

    May 12, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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