Obama says Romney's 'pretending'
March 22nd, 2012
11:28 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama says Romney's 'pretending'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is "pretending" the health care plan he instituted in Massachusetts is different than the national plan, President Barack Obama said.

In an interview with Public Radio International that aired Thursday, Obama pointed to the similarities between the two plans, without mentioning the Republican frontrunner by name.

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"We designed a program that actually previously had support of Republicans, including the person who may end up being the Republican standard bearer and is now pretending like he came up with something different," the president said.

The Massachusetts plan served as a model for the Affordable Care Act, signed two years ago Friday. Romney, the state's former governor, has since said the legislation was the correct course for his state but not meant as a model for a national overhaul. But the plan has proved a focal point of criticism aimed at the GOP frontrunner.

In Thursday's interview, Obama said Republican opposition to the plan, including the Supreme Court challenge, is politically motivated.

He said state governors will have a difficult time explaining resistance to the law to their constituents.

"When people see that in fact it works, it makes sense – as it's, by the way, working in Massachusetts – then I think a whole bunch of folks will say 'Why aren't we trying it as well?'" Obama said.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments next week over the individual mandate provision in the law. In their opposition to the legislation, some Republican governors have refused to implement the terms until the Supreme Court rules.

Responding to the president's comments, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul reaffirmed her candidate's plan to repeal "Obamacare ... on day one."

"Mitt Romney has always believed each state should be able to fashion their own health care reforms and, as president, he would replace Obamacare with free-market reforms that promote competition and lower health care costs," Saul said in an email.

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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Can't wait til the President really tears into this clown. I almost feel bad for Romney. Almost.

    March 22, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Willard is in a state of denial. He personally said the Massachusetts model should be the model for the nation.

    March 22, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    This buffoon simply does not get it. MESSING WITH HEALTHCARE IS NOT THE JOB OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! Forcing people to buy a product IS NOT A POWER GRANTED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE VIA THE CONSTITUTION.

    If you want it added to the Constitution then get an amendment to add it. But judgin gfrom the polls, the American people DO NOT WANT IT! Why does this buffoon constantly keep trying to jam things down the throats of the American people?! Obama will go down in history as the closest thing to a dictator this country has ever known.

    March 22, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Ed

    A plan designed for a state, that's what it was. Taking that and making it a mandate at the federal level is what is wrong. Each state should have it's own option to provide a state level mandate. This can foster competition and keep costs manageable. The federal mandate has no competition and therefore no cost competitiveness.

    March 22, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Frank - Ohio

    I could care less about the Romney plan. I don't live in Mass.
    We must end Obamacare immediately!!!

    March 22, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. bullock w

    Obama lover trouble blame more of roomey and bush but why obama are nothing work for 3 yrs. That is alright

    March 22, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Obama has also overseen the creation of 4 million private sector jobs and that is 80 times what Mittens claims to have created in MA.

    March 22, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Laverne

    It's called "Etch and Sketch"!!!!

    March 22, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Of course Mittens is pretending! Everything about him is made up. On this one thing I agree with Sanitorium: Mittens has no core. (But that's why Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers want him: he'll be the perfect puppet.)

    March 22, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Now the right wingnuts say that interstate commerce is no longer in the constitution.

    March 22, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    @Frank – Ohio: "I could care less about the Romney plan. I don't live in Mass. We must end Obamacare immediately!!!"

    Using FACTS, what is wrong with Obamacare?

    March 22, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    No matter what the USSC decides, Obama MUST be removed from office. It is clear he has no intention whatsoever to fulfill his oath of office, which is to protect and defend the Constitution. He is a clear and present danger to this country.

    March 22, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. James

    A state plan for healthcare is well within the limits of the consitution. If the voters want it and pass it, then fine, it doesn't affect me in WA. However a national plan is outside the law of the consitution. ILLEGAL.

    March 22, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    bullock – Thank you for your inspiring message. You are aware that the stock market has almost doubled, that there are 4 million private sector jobs created in 3 years, the mastermind of 9/11 has been brought to justice, we are no longer in a war in Iraq, taxes are the lowest in 50 years and I just received my second consecutive tax refund. Things are better, and that happened without any republican help.

    March 22, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. S.positive

    Romney cannot run from his tail...

    March 22, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Malory Archer

    That's easy ThinkAgain; it's going to force Frank and other deadbeats like him to stop passing on their healthcare costs to the taxpayers and already insured, and to take responsibility for themselves.

    March 22, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why do republicans insist that insurance companies can drop you if you get sick?

    March 22, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. p

    Hey Truth. Was the health plan wrong when the repubs thought it up, or just since the POTUS implemented it? this is no govt takeover, just a crackdown on insurance company thieves. A chance to stop paying for all the uninsured who go to emergency rooms.

    March 22, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Laverne

    Crazy comment: If you want it added to the Constitution then get an amendment to add it. But judgin gfrom the polls, the American people DO NOT WANT IT! Why does this buffoon constantly keep trying to jam things down the throats of the American people?! Obama will go down in history as the closest thing to a dictator this country has ever known.

    Are you insane, people did not want Medicare, SS, equal rights for blacks, gays, etc either, but it was necessary and now people are outraged if you talk about getting rid of it! It is a cowards way to yell and scream "I DON'T WANT IT" but what are the other solutions, there are none and you don't have one either. To pretend we are not living in a different time and place is a fantasy gone wrong! Something has to be done about the bloated healthcare problem America has and it IS NOT a Obama problem or fault, it is an American problem and fault.

    March 22, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. conservative

    Mr President anyone makes a better president then you! You have no room to talk and if romney is the republican nominee you my friend are gone......

    March 22, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. NVa Native

    The only thing going for Romoney is that he has made a lot of money for himself.

    President Obama has alot going for him – including that he saved our country.

    March 22, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Edward

    The dnc already knows that Romney lied about the federal vs state run excuse. Search YouTube for "Romney healthcare flip flop" and you'll find an ad made by the dnc where romney specifically states that his plan should be done nationally. Wait until those ads run nationwide and Romney is forced to defend his lie. Play that ad followed by his campaign chairman stating that Romney is like an etch a sketch and you have one potent way to make sure that voters don't think they can trust Romney. People will NOT vote for someone they don't think they can trust ESPECIALLY if the economy continues to improve.

    March 22, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Marie MD

    There's a song for the flip flopper to sing to his following fools. The Great Pretender if the Platters give him permission and I doubt it

    March 22, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. the Situation

    Don't worry, Mr. Flip Flopper is a fool. Now he said that Bush is repsonsible for the recovery. How is that. Have we seen all the banks and business going bankurpt like they were in the fall of 2008 now? Was it Bush that pushed to save the auto industry, something that Mr. Flip Flopper was against. He has stated that he was against the bailouts done by Obama but now because he has the support fo the Bush family he is giving the credit to him for the recovery. This tool will be taken to the woodshed and stomped this fall like a grape!

    March 22, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. p

    I also can't wait for presidential debate. The POTUS is just going to eat Mitt Romney alive!
    Won't seem fair. Then we'll shake the etch-a-sketch and Romney will just disappear...

    March 22, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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