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

Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Massachusetts • Mitt Romney
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Mitt's very proud, until he changes his mind, that is... Which could be any second now....

    Well oiled weathervane, indeed!!

    August 26, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. myviewis

    True that Romneycare served as part, part, part of a blueprint for Obamacare as the article states .."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." Unfortunately, Obama did tap into Medicare to fund Obamacare, did introduce us all of us to 1 new tax which we must pay if we don't buy an insurance health policy and Romneycare is a health care plan designed specifically for the state of Massachussets. Obamacare is one plan for all states regardless if those states can handle Obamacare. Obama did change many things of Romneycare. The main thing is that Medicare does fund Obamacare and Medicare is our money that we pay out of our paychecks.

    August 26, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. 333maxwell

    Anything that get's people who had no access, more access to health care is something he should be very proud of. Too bad the man has his head so far up the red meat crowds posterior to even realize the very real people he would be literally damning, by reversing and repealing the affordable health care act as he says he would. There are exponetnially more of them nationally, than his states total population.

    August 26, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Josaphat Daniels

    This is unbelievable he's proud of the healthcare mandate for his state but ashamed of the healthcare mandate for his country, how people will continue to support this buffoon is very surprising to me. Has any one ever known a presidential
    candidate or a president in the history of american politics who was a governor that did something for his state but didn't
    do the exact same thing for the nation as president, this guy is only saying this because he can't stand up to the far right
    nuts of the g.o.p romney was and will always be a coward that will sink lower than a skunk for political pandering.

    Obama / Biden 2012 and another Democrat 2016

    August 26, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. M

    In other words, what's good for Massachusetts is not good for the rest of the country. Seperate and unequal.

    August 26, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. FromPDX

    Mitt had Romneycare that was good for Mass., so why is he pledging to abolish "Obamacare" modeled after the successful "Romneycare" for the nation? Granted the Affordable Healthcare Act may not be perfect, but should'nt he be pledging to make it better!!

    August 26, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Great , then Mitt should support Obama for at least doing something !

    Ohh , Mitt is only inspired when he and his friends make get the credit and the finical reword .

    If Mitt was in charge , we would have never gone to the moon.

    August 26, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Devil in he deails

    "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." What he means is, I would do it for all America too but Barak beat me too it. So i can't use that and now must repeal it.

    August 26, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Dan from Tx

    This is exactly why we already know Romney won't repeal Obamacare. He will just claim to "fix it because he knows more about it" and dump trivial things (like the SunTan tax). Both candidates work for the same insurance companies... get used to it.

    August 26, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. gg

    Romney has never adequatly explained why his healthcare plan that worked in Massachusetts would not work in other states. Furthermore, people should not be segregated into states having healthcare vs states not having healthcare. The entire nation should have healthcare period!

    August 26, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    Yep, good enough for Mass but not everyone else. Is that a flip flop I smell burning???

    OBAMA 2012

    August 26, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. just hope

    A lot of people say Romneycare is Obamacare. why have Romney and the Republicans wanted to appeal Obamacare. is this ugly politics ... criticizing opponents even when you agree with them.

    August 26, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Jane

    That's the really sad thing – – the Romney who was Gov. of Massachusetts probably WAS proud of the healthcare initiative. This Romney was also strongly pro-choice (or at least he SAID he was in order to get elected). Unfortunately, the Romney who is currently running for President gladly dumped all his principles and decency when he figured out that this was what he had to do to get the ignorant, bigoted, mysoginist Tea Party vote. I understand the confusion; sometimes his movements are so lifelike you forget he's not a real boy......

    August 26, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Mike Texoma

    Mitt Romny has promised this nation that if he is elected president the first thing he will do is repeal romneyca – uh – obamacare. Now he wants to be a hero for inventing it. No wonder the voters do not trust this man. He speaks with forked tongue.

    August 26, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. ghostcommander

    Robber Baron Romney was first proud of Romneycare when he was governor of Massachusetts, then he was against his own Romneycare when first running for the Presidency, and now Robber Baron Romney is proud of the Romneycare plan.

    Did you ever flip a pancake or pizza dough, Romney?

    August 26, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    so proud of it that he's been running from it the entire campaign. Sorry Mitt I ain't buying all this proudness right now since you have the nomination wrapped up.

    August 26, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    So now he admitts his health care plan in Mass.! Yet he denounces the President's efforts in bringing affordable health care that the republicans and democrats brought to all of America. Hypicrisy!

    August 26, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Stephen in VA

    The Republicans will believe anything these days, won't they? Romney was governor, and he didn't raise taxes. Lots of government fees, but no taxes. He praised a law tightening gun control that he signed, but he's not really for gun control. He was pro-choice till he was pro-life. He's for "traditional" marriage, which in most churches–except his own–means one man married to one woman. And if he'd found $500 billion in savings to fund his own health care initiative, he'd be crowing it all up and down the streets instead of making it a bad thing.

    August 26, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Jersey Girl

    Wow! He had to be dragged kicking & screaming by his own handlers to say this! This guy has flip-flopped at least a dozen times on various issues, so it's just a matter of time before he flips again...

    August 26, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    The ACA (Obamacare) gets everyone in the system. No more freebies in the ER that cost taxpayers billions.

    What's wrong with that?

    If you can prove you're too poor to even pay $10 a month or $100 a month, the gov't will subsidize. Otherwise, it gets the freeloaders out of OUR pockets.

    August 26, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Ricardo

    That's mean he's proud about obamacare who the model of romneycare. Romney doesn't have personality to be president, he flip flop on everything.

    August 26, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Michael

    The "Flipper had done it again" Flip flopping is now a social skill, and a career path to the presidency! Why, now Americans can disagree with congress and re-elect them because they were elcted in the first place; or the congress can agree with the president behind closed doors, then vote against him on the House floor! Maybe even vote against their own vote, like in the case of automatic spending cuts set for 2013! The repuglican brand is not trustworthy!

    August 26, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Wake up People!

    Aah I love the smell of flip flops burning in the afternoon........

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 26, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Ken

    Romney is incredible!! I LOVE his new book – "Ka-Mitt Sutra – 64 diifferent positions on every issue".

    August 26, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Darrell

    myviewis....As a tax payer, you are wrong. If you don't own health insurance, then your asked to buy it.

    Obamacare does not impose a new tax on me to pay for others who don't have health insurance. In fact, there are no new taxes imposed on tax payers.

    August 26, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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