Romney campaign touts Mass. health care law in response to pro-Obama ad
August 8th, 2012
04:29 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney campaign touts Mass. health care law in response to pro-Obama ad

(CNN) – A spokeswoman for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign heralded the health care law Romney passed in Massachusetts, using the law to respond Wednesday to a super PAC ad that appears to blame the presumptive GOP nominee for the loss of insurance and eventual death of a laid off steel worker's wife.

"If people had been in Massachusetts, under Gov. Romney's health care plan, they would have had health care," Andrea Saul said on Fox News. "There are a lot of people losing their jobs and losing their health care in President Obama's economy."

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The mention of Romney's health care law is unusual for the Romney campaign, which largely avoids talking about the measure on the campaign trail unless asked directly about it by reporters.

Romney has repeatedly vowed to repeal the national health care law signed by President Barack Obama, saying its individual mandate to purchase health insurance violates the Constitution, and arguing the requirement for employers to provide health coverage is bad for small business.

Yet as voters learned during the blistering Republican primary process, Obama fashioned much of his law by borrowing heavily from the reform plan signed by Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts six years ago. The centerpiece of the Massachusetts plan is its own individual mandate.

Romney has said on numerous occasions his plan was meant for Massachusetts only.

"Our plan was a state solution to a state problem, and his plan is a power grab by the federal government to put a one-size-fits-all plan across the nation," Romney said in a speech in the weeks before he jumped into the race last year.

Conservative reaction to Saul's comments was quick.

CNN contributor and editor Erick Erikson wrote on Twitter:


Rush Limbaugh was equally incised, saying on his radio show that Saul's comment "was a potential gold mine for Obama supporters."

The spot that Saul was responding to was released Tuesday by the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action, though the ad itself has not yet run in a paid-commercial slot. In it, Romney is linked to the death of a former GST Steel worker's wife after the employee lost his job when the plant closed down.

Romney's former private equity firm, Bain Capital, acquired GST Steel in 1993, but the company went bankrupt in 2001, two years after Romney ceased day-to-day oversight of Bain.

A closer look by CNN poked holes into the ad's timeline.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Anon 2012

    I just don't know what to say about this one, I may have to actually agree with Rush.
    Could someone point me to one conviction, one principle that Mitt Romney is not willing to flip flop on because I can't find a single one.

    August 8, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    HAHAHA...they fell for it and used "nuh uh, Romneycare is wonderful" as their rebuttal. Is there no ambush these guys won't walk into?

    August 8, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    "If people had been in Massachusetts, under Gov. Romney's health care plan, they would have had health care," Andrea Saul said on Fox News."

    Glad Team Romney has finally decided to start telling the truth about Obamacare and it's predecessor Romneycare?

    That stupid Saul skirt probably should have told her boss about his abrupt change on Obamacare first, however, otherwise, she is apt to hear Mitten's favorite words "your fired" AND "I do not care about the poor".

    Not to worry, Andrea, any evidence of this taking place on Fox News has been obliterated and, if found, they will swear it was "taken out of context"!

    August 8, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Seriously LMFAO here.

    August 8, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    I can't decide whether this deserves lollerskates or a roflcopter. Maybe lollerskates....if we went with roflcopter, Mittens' campaign might just walk into the spinning blades like they walked into this one.

    August 8, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. drake mallard

    How come Politician complain about obama health care when taxpayers are paying for there family socialized medicine?

    August 8, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. nitro

    Why the gumps at cnn only take a closer look at what they want to look at (Cant No News)come from CNN

    August 8, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. 1twinwin

    I take issue with the super PAC's ad because it's beyond a stretch to say this lady's passing was due to Romney. But then Andrea Saul just mucks it all up her boss. It's like Romney's camp is trying to lose the election for him.

    August 8, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. Wake up people

    Are they serious?? Is there one thing he won't flip flop for?? My God man, have some convictions. How anyone can support this blatant liar is completely beyond me.

    Show us the taxes Willard! And what's up with Son of Boss??

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 8, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |

    Mitt you was the founder of BAINHOOD your company ROMNEYHOOD

    August 8, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Nelson Colorado Springs Co. - Why is a lot people are blaming President Obama for the state of the economy.
    He was elected FOUR YEARS AGO because he said he could fix the problems. Here we are four years later with WORSE problems and he has no plans or new ideas. Nothing but the same failed polcies over and over.

    If you brought your broken car to the garage FOUR YEARS AGO and still hadn't gotten it back, would you still be giving the mechanic a pass??? Or would you say just give me the damn car and I'll have somebody that knows what they are doing fix it???

    August 8, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. CommonSense 12

    Congratulations to the Mitt Romney campaign for finally telling the truth about something!!! And to Saul, if and when Mitt fires you, Obamacare is available for you in every state.....Obama/Biden/the Clintons '12

    August 8, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    trap walks right into it. Flip you have probably the worst staff ever!! Let's add yet another gaffe made by these rookies who fall into Obama's traps every time. Next stop...."that's not what we mean"

    August 8, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. scott

    Romney is spot on with this ad. Obama cares nothing for the middle class only getting reelected, he likes to use the middle class for his sick and twisted ways. Romney 2012 and beyond for a better America

    August 8, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Richard in Houston

    I can hear her inner voice just scream as the words came out of her mouth...OOOPS AND SHUT UP. STOP TALKING NOW !

    August 8, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Romney campaign touts Mass. health care law in response to pro-Obama ad◄
    Here we go – Let the Flip-Flopping begin – All of a sudden he's proud of Romney-Care – So Sad!!!

    Sometimes I wish I can reach into my PC and "SHAKE" everyone who cannot see the LIES from Romney. I can understand when PACs bend the truths in their ads- Why – Because they have nothing else to do – But when you have a candidate who is actually putting his name behind ads that are so obviously LYING – something is wrong!!!

    Sometimes I wonder if Romney has all of his senses – Is he that so desperate and out of tune where he takes the word of his surrogates to be true and then pass it around?? That's Dangerous!!!


    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 8, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Lisa P

    But wait - was Mitt the CEO of Bain Capital when this poor guy had his livelihood and access to health insurance wantonly destroyed, or was he retroactively *not* the CEO of Bain Capital at that time? Is up up or is up down? Why didn't they move the company to MA and *then* destroy it? Was it really brain cancer? Or did she commit suicide so Obama could frame poor helpless unemployed Mitt? And what about Obama's grade school records? Why haven't they been released yet?

    Wash, rinse, repeat. It's going to be a very long election cycle...

    August 8, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Jake

    I give up. Seriously, I simply just give up trying to figure out the Romney campaign. They've had a few days to cook up a response to that (admittedly) distorted Obama PAC ad, and this is what they come up with? I need to see the video...was this an off-the-cuff comment or was it a seemingly crafted talking point?

    August 8, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Jane

    Woo hoo! Not only did this maroon Totally equate "Romneycare" with the Affordable Care Act, but she also as well as admitted that these people's lives were ruined because Bain killed the company and the people didn't have Romneycare in their State. I will 'retweet' what I just read on a Romney staff account – "Oh man...Romney may have just lost the election!". Ya think???

    August 8, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. SafeJourney

    Andrea Saul told the truth. The sad thing is Romney and the repubs just cant stand it when someone tells the truth.
    At least McCain had some integrity. Romney has Nothing.

    August 9, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  21. ll

    Hilarious to see Team Romney tout and try to tear down Romneycare all at the same time.

    Mitt Romney: I will repeal and replace Romneycare on day one.

    Flip Flop 2012

    August 9, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
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