Mitt Romney to Barack Obama in 2009: Want Health Care Reform? Try Romneycare

Mitt Romney has often claimed in the debates that he believes in a state-by-state solution to the health care issue, and that he rejects Obamacare both on 10th Amendment grounds, and because of its one-size-fits-all approach. He has held that Romneycare is not a model for Obamacare, and that he has never advocated using Romneycare as model for action by the federal government. Further, Mitt Romney has often claimed that he was never flipped-flopped on this issue and has been consistent from day one on his approach.

He is lying on all counts.

The following are excerpts from an editorial written by Mitt Romney, which appeared in USA Today on July 30, 2009:

Mr. President, What’s the Rush?

Because of President Obama’s frantic approach, health care has run off the rails. For the sake of 47 million uninsured Americans, we need to get it back on track.
Health care cannot be handled the same way as the stimulus and cap-and-trade bills. With those, the president stuck to the old style of lawmaking: He threw in every special favor imaginable, ground it up and crammed it through a partisan Democratic Congress. Health care is simply too important to the economy, to employment and to America’s families to be larded up and rushed through on an artificial deadline. There’s a better way. And the lessons we learned in Massachusetts could help Washington find it.
No other state has made as much progress in covering their uninsured as Massachusetts … Our citizens purchase private, free-market medical insurance. There is no “public option.” With more than 1,300 health insurance companies, a federal government insurance company isn’t necessary. It would inevitably lead to massive taxpayer subsidies, to lobbyist-inspired coverage mandates and to the liberals’ dream: a European-style single-payer system …
Our experience also demonstrates that getting every citizen insured doesn’t have to break the bank. First, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance. Using tax penalties, as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages “free riders” to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others. This doesn’t cost the government a single dollar. Second, we helped pay for our new program by ending an old one — something government should do more often. The federal government sends an estimated $42 billion to hospitals that care for the poor: Use those funds instead to help the poor buy private insurance, as we did.

The full text of this editorial can no longer be found on the USA Today website, but has been copied here. Another copy can be found in a web cache of Mitt Romney’s website.

In this op-ed Romney advocated that Obama help pass exactly the kind of program that we now call Obamacare. Romney makes two basic points. First, he clearly advocates a nationwide individual mandate. Second, he wants to reign in health care costs by taking a businessman’s approach to the issue. Romney’s main argument was thus not over whether or not we should have a national health care system with an individual mandate, but over competency. As a businessman, he thought that he could implement a more cost-efficient program than Obama could.

Romney has been lying to conservatives this entire election season. Since he has been lying, how can we know that he will really repeal Obamacare? Rather, isn’t it likely that he will return to his true colors and try to “fix” the program, if he is elected president?

(H/t Erick Erickson)

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8 Responses to Mitt Romney to Barack Obama in 2009: Want Health Care Reform? Try Romneycare

  1. Melissa Ryan says:

    I belive Romney when he says he will end Obamacare, he’s. Said it more then once and he will do it. I belive Romney is the right man to fix this countrys problems. This is a man who didn’t. Take a paycheck to fix the ompilics and when Gov. That speeks a lot about the man, he is someone who really care about this country, and he will turn it around and get people back to work,and get debt under control and that’s something we and our children need.this is a man who really cares about this country and wants to help. And we need him. he is the real outsider when it comes to Newt and Santorum these to are the insiders they’ve been there for years.we’ve had a great speaker who said all the right things got ppl excited and look what its gotten us not hope we got hoplesness. We need a worker a problemslover and that’s Romney.We must we need to get with Romney and support him help him fight Obama this will be the toughest fight we have ever been in this fight is the most important fight we have had it. Is not only about our future but the future of our children and this country. We must stand strong and united. 2e must come togeather in our one goal and save our country from Obama, our there will be nothing left if he gets another 4 more years. We need to decide what’s important to us at this time in our country. If we don’t fight now when thers to much at steak. Obama if given 4more he won’t be campaining anymore he will do as he pleases and we haven’t. Seen anything yet and he has a lot of people to pay back. And those paybacks come out of the taxpayers money. This country is headed to a a. Way of life our forefathers fought against, and we are allowing one man Obama to do this. Please stand with Mitt Romney and get this country back to the people the land of hope and dreams. The time when we had Reagen,bob hope & Johnny Cash and now we have Obama,No Hope And NO Cash. Fight for OUR COUNTRY OUR FUTURE. VOTE &SUPPORT ROMNEY.thank you for you time. MRyan

  2. Richter J says:

    Romney called himself a progressive
    when it was expedient and not long ago. Now he is a “severe conservative”

    Romney promised to protect a woman’s right to choose not long ago and a full advanced adult. Now he is for overturning Roe.

    He says things like when he said he doesn’t support Blunt’s conscience bill or Ohio’s right to work resolution only to reverse within hours and LIE he misunderstood the question. Imagine that on foriegn stage with nukes at stake.

    And now CLEARLY he advocated individual mandate nationwide just two years ago. Now he claims he was always for it only at state level. Yet people like Melissa type what we see on this page. The delusion and the desire to support Romney is so strong we will elect one even more liberal than McCain and worse still with a paper trail of lies.

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  4. Brent Jensen says:

    When I read online articles like this one I often wonder what happened to the ability of the average American to read simple English. In this 2009 editorial, as clearly quoted above, Romney speaks out AGAINST “massive taxpayer subsidies,” “lobbyist-inspired coverage mandates,” and “a European-style single-payer system.” Did you understand that simple English? Romney warns the President AGAINST “coverage mandates.” Also, when he refers to tax credits, Romney is clear that they should only be used as “incentives” to “encourage” people to buy insurance, NOT as and enforcement mechanism for mandates.

    Have you people all lost your ability to read simple English, or are you just so much against Mr Romney that lying comes natural to you?

    • John Scotus says:

      There is another side to this. When I hear of Romney speak of tax incentives and tax penalties, I hear exactly what encompasses the current mandate. If there is a distinction, it is without one iota of a difference. Now, he may say that this isn’t a mandate, but that’s really splitting hairs, isn’t it? And the truth is, I’m really, really tired of politicians, and their supporters, talking out of both sides of their mouths in this way.

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