Romney says he's 'very proud' of Mass. health care law
August 26th, 2012
02:41 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney says he's 'very proud' of Mass. health care law

(CNN) - While defending his record on women's issues in an interview that aired Sunday, Mitt Romney praised the Massachusetts health care plan he signed into law as governor.

Romney pointed to the health care law after being asked about Democratic-led attacks that accuse the GOP of launching a so-called war on women.

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"Look, I'm the guy that was able to get health care for all of the women and men in my state," Romney said on Fox News. "They're just talking about it at the federal level. We actually did something, and we did it without cutting Medicare and without raising taxes."

Romney rarely brings up the Bay State health care plan, given that it served in part as a blueprint for President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform, which Romney now says he would work to repeal.

In the interview, however, Romney said he was "proud" of the health care plan he helped put in place.

"I'm very proud of what we did and the fact that we helped women and men and children in our state," he said.

Defending the Massachusetts law - which includes a mandate - in the past, Romney has said he supports the right of states to implement their own laws but opposes a health care mandate at the federal level.

Earlier this month, a Romney spokeswoman also touted the Massachusetts law, while responding to a super PAC ad that appeared to blame the presumptive GOP nominee for the loss of insurance and eventual death of a laid-off steelworker'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."

Saul drew fire from some conservatives for bringing up the health care law, saying Romney should continue to avoid talking about that plan. Rush Limbaugh, for example, said on his radio show that Saul's comment "was a potential gold mine for Obama supporters."

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (35 Responses)

    Obamas ten times the man you are and you will take the rest of the Gop down the toilet with you in Nov , nobody is buying your Gop crap !!!!!

    August 26, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Pete

    Romneys proud of Romneycare,let's wait till tommorrow,see what side of the bed he gets out of right,it'll probibly be different, it always is!!Such a pathelogical liar,he's so pathedic he trys to convince himself looking into the mirror and that guy isn't convinced either!!Quit fooling yourself Romney,you know about your lies,even the ones about yourself but that's your problem you going to have to answer to your maker,if you really have one being you're so elite,ha!!

    August 26, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. namryan

    So he says that Obamacare is bad , but Romneycare is the best... now, that's some pretty tight flip flop!

    August 26, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. normajean @ verizon ,com

    How can you define a non entity???Wasn't it just months ago that Romney was trying his darndest to disown the Health care plan he implimented in Massachusetts???...Our current administration has been trying to keep this plan going while he has been fighting to get rid of it.The way this man changes his mind { if he has one} is dangerous!!!. When questioned...he never gives a direct answer.... Today it's one thing ...tomorrow that is all wrong....I wonder if he even listens to himself!! Can we afford to have a president who changes his mind as often as his socks??????..I TELL YOU....THE IDEA OF THIS DISCONNECTED MAN AS PRESIDENT SCARES ME BIG TIME!!!!!

    August 26, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. normajean @ verizon ,com

    I have had Medicare for years and it has not change due to Obama becoming president.....Get the facts straight or shut up!!!!

    August 26, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. fullclarity

    Mitt really is a piece of work. He may be a fine person, but that's not enough for him to be president. I see that he now is talking about his faith. As a member of his same faith and a bishop, I question his veracity and the tenets he says he follows. That's not the gospel I understand. Perhaps someone could do an investigative article about the one percenters in the Mormon church vs. the 99% who make up the vast majority of the membership. There's a huge difference between the two. I'm unconvinced that what he believes is reflected in his campaign. It looks like he will do and say anything to become president. That's not enough for him to become my president.

    August 26, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    He couldn't cut Medicare because it is federal. He didn't raise taxes, but he imposed over 1000 new fees on residents. Money paid is money paid - fees=taxes, taxes=fees.

    He's a liar and a blowhard. Can't stand him.

    August 26, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. NameRobert Lesser

    It is llke the old joke: How do u know when Romney is lying?
    His lips are moving!
    I would trust a used car salesman before I would trust Romney.

    We havn't forgotten

    August 26, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The Mass law was a good plan for the federal one. I don't understand why there are those that oppose ways for everyone to have access medical insurance and care. Personally, I would like to have all the wealthy found and maintain a non-profit medical insurance program that goes across the country that any and everyone could buy into. That would be the best option but won't be done.

    August 26, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. Squigman

    He may be proud of it, but what about the citizenry that live there? What do they have to say about it? Snidley Whiplash, needs to come clean.

    August 27, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
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