Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he was proud of the health care law he implemented while governor of Massachusetts, which was used as a blueprint for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
“First of all, I would repeal all of Obamacare and replace it with the kinds of reforms we really need,” he said at the Univision Meet the Candidates forum. “And I have experience in health care reform. Now and then the president says I’m the grandfather of Obamacare. I don’t think he meant that as a compliment, but I’ll take it. Now and then the president says I’m the grandfather of Obamacare. I don’t think he meant that as a compliment, but I’ll take it. This was during my primary we thought it might not be helpful.”
“But I have actually been able to put in place a system that fit the needs of the people of my state and I’m proud of the fact that in my state after our plan was put in place, every child has insurance, 98 percent of adults have insurance, but we didn’t have to cut Medicare by $716 billion to do that. We didn’t raise taxes on health companies by $500 billion as the president did.”
Earlier this month, Romney said he liked certain provisions of Obamacare and was not “getting rid of all of health care reform.” However, his campaign later told the National Review that Romney “was not proposing a federal mandate to require insurance plans to offer those particular features.”
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