Romney rebuffs Obama’s embrace of Massachusetts health-care law

October 30, 2013
US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks to supporters calling for donations during a storm relief campaign event to help people who suffered from hurricane Sandy, in Kettering, Ohio. (AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DUNANDE)
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With President Obama visiting Boston and pointing to the successes of the Massachusetts health-care law, Mitt Romney has issued a statement reiterating his position that the Affordable Care Act, while similar to the Massachusetts law, was the wrong law for the entire country.

The Obama administration has repeatedly likened its law to the one Romney spearheaded as governor, which has been considerably more successful so far than the federal law.

“In the years since the Massachusetts health care law went into effect, nothing has changed my view that a plan crafted to fit the unique circumstances of a single state should not be grafted onto the entire country," Romney said. "Beyond that, had President Obama actually learned the lessons of Massachusetts health care, millions of Americans would not lose the insurance they were promised they could keep, millions more would not see their premiums skyrocket, and the installation of the program would not have been a frustrating embarrassment."

Obama is visiting the same spot where Romney launched the Massachusetts law alongside Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) in 2006.

Romney also repeated his position -- one he emphasized during the 2012 presidential campaign -- that states should lead the effort for health-care reform, not the federal government.

"Health reform is best crafted by states with bipartisan support and input from its employers, as we did, without raising taxes, and by carefully phasing it in to avoid the type of disruptions we are seeing nationally," Romney said.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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Aaron Blake · October 30, 2013