Romney bashes Obama for 'deceptive' healthcare promises
January 5th, 2014
11:52 AM ET
9 years ago

Romney bashes Obama for 'deceptive' healthcare promises

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Sunday he believes President Barack Obama obscured the truth when he pledged citizens could keep their insurance plans if they liked it under his new health care law.

"He told people, 'You can keep the insurance you have, if you like it,'” Romney told Fox News' Chris Wallace. "That was not honest. That was deceptive."

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The former Republican presidential nominee lacerated his 2012 rival for misleading the American public throughout the campaign and laying those unfulfilled promises at "the heart of the president's deception and dishonesty."

Since the rollout of the federal health exchange began on October 1, at least 4.7 million Americans have had their insurance policies canceled because they do not meet the minimum coverage requirements under the new law.

Romney, the architect of Massachusetts' health care plan, which the administration called the basis for the federal law, said the government should not be in the business of dictating what kind of coverage people need.

"I don't like the idea that the government tells people they have to have a gold plated healthcare policy," Romney said.

While Romney's health overhaul does also impose similarly rigorous minimum coverage requirements on the policies available to its consumers, the former governor vetoed the provision before being overridden by a heavily Democratic legislature.

Under intense pressure from Republicans and his own party, President Obama granted insurance companies a one-year exception that would allow the older policies - considered inadequate under the Affordable Care Act - to continue, leaving states to decide whether they would allow these plans to be sold to individuals and small businesses.

Asked by Wallace whether he thinks had Obama not repeatedly made this promise on the campaign trail, the 2012 presidential race would have ended with a Romney inauguration, the Bay State Republican kept the conversation firmly focused on the present.

"History is in the past, and I'm not going to worry about what could have happened," he said.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. pk

    Mitzi....people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones..Just shut up and go back to sleep.

    January 5, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Erica

    Mr. Mitt Romney
    I am a democratic but I voted for you. I believe you would have made a BIG different. I agree with you a Donna. The people voted and now we must pay the consequences. May GOD have mercy on the United States Of America and the people who live here. May he open up the eyes of the President. Mr. Romney. May God bless you and your family always.

    January 5, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Sounds like Romney is making a second run for president. It is another lessons not learned by the failing national Republican Tea Party brand.

    January 5, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Bobbyvv

    The fact that he lost does not make what the President said any more true

    January 5, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. wendel

    Romney is even a joke in his home state . oh which state is that???? How is that elevator coming????

    January 5, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Fools and others money

    I love how idealistic dreamers that have seen 1 too many Disney movies and perennial never achievers can not see where they are taking this country. They may have delivered a 53% win to the current occupier of the White House. But they have also sold out our nations future for their short term gains.

    January 5, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Moderate Voter

    Romney you lost and the election is over. I did not vote for Romney not because he is rich or belongs to a cult. I did not vote for Romney because he is a fake and has no soul. Talk about a sore loser and sour grapes good grief give it up Romney. Republicans if you ever want to win the White House pick a moderate and not some weird out of touch person.

    January 5, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. timverba

    This so-called deception was addressed last year. If it was not known before, it is known now – the federal government has the power and authority to define and regulate health insurance coverage. The federal government has used its power to define health insurance coverage and continues to refine the definition. If an insurance company cannot meet the minimum coverage standards at a reasonable price, then perhaps it is best that the insurance company not participate in the market at all. Let us move forward.

    January 5, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Are you kidding me?

    I would never believe a word that comes out of the GOP for the foreseeable future. They are the ones who created the most toxic environment in this country and would never commit to bipartisanship.

    January 5, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Steve

    Obama lied pure and simple. He is a politician. No real surprises or story here. He like all will say whatever it takes to get elected and promote his agenda. He is no better or worse than any.

    January 5, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. YoonYoungJo

    Sometimes it seems like people just nitpick at O. Obviously if you have a better plan at a better price, you should be able to keep it. But if your plan is worse and the cost for something substantially better is the same cost or a just a few dollars more, really. And I don't think O was trying to be deceptive. I think this was the premise on which he said what he said. He assumed people would want the better policy. Also, for the people who complain they didn't get to keep their old policy. Didn't O correct it by issuing the 1 year exception. Who's to say that wasn't done until he could put something permanent in place, staying true to his word. No one is perfect for crying out loud. The question should be, was there a mistake? Yes. Did he correct it? Yes.

    January 5, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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