Obama Says Romney’s Example Shows Health Care Reform Will Work

Again holding up Romneycare as a defense of Obamacare

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With the problem-plagued roll-out of his health care reform law under growing scrutiny, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that a similar law enacted by his 2012 Republican opponent worked well — and that Obamacare eventually will, too.

“Mitt Romney and I ran a long and spirited campaign against one another, but I’ve always believed that when he was governor here in Massachusetts, he did the right thing on health care,” Obama told supporters at the storied Faneuil Hall, where Romney signed Massachusetts’ universal health care measure into law seven years ago. “It’s because you guys had a proven model that we built the Affordable Care Act on this template of proven bipartisan success. Your law was the model for the nation’s law.

“Health care reform in this state was a success,” Obama said. “That doesn’t mean it was perfect right away.”

The roll-out of the Affordable Care Act has been buffeted by significant technical problems with the Healthcare.gov insurance exchange website, problems Obama acknowledged and said would soon be fixed.

“There’s no denying it, the website is too slow, people are getting stuck, and I’m not happy about it,” he said. “I take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed as soon as possible.”

But, he added, “I know these marketplaces will work because the Massachusetts model has worked.”

Before Obama began his speech, Romney, who struggled mightily during the campaign to draw distinctions between his reform law and the president’s, said Obama is learning the wrong lessons from Massachusetts’ success.

“A plan crafted to fit the unique circumstances of a single state should not be grafted onto the entire country,” Romney said in a statement. “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.”

Since Healthcare.gov’s Oct. 1 launch, serious glitches in the site have frustrated users trying to sign up to purchase health insurance, or caused the site to crash altogether. The administration has responded by calling in tech experts to fix the site, while delaying implementation of the deadline by which most individuals must have applied for health insurance in order to avoid a tax penalty. Secretary of Heath and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius apologized for the flawed roll-out during a congressional hearing earlier Wednesday, telling members of Congress to “hold me accountable for this debacle.”

17 comments
john_rambo
john_rambo

Romney care had bi-partisan support . Obama care ( and the Democrats) went out of their way to shove their very partisan take on socialism down everyones throat. "You have to read it to know what's in it" N Pelosi.

firmsoil
firmsoil

So why are you conscripting america's young adults to pay your hussain jizya tax?

seeseebutler
seeseebutler

Romneycare worked? I guess we should have elected Romney.

Galen
Galen

Nice pic ;0! 

Must be a conservative pic for the pic!!

BobJan
BobJan

Before Obama began his speech, Romney, who struggled mightily during the campaign to draw distinctions between his reform law and the president’s, said Obama is learning the wrong lessons from Massachusetts’ success.

“A plan crafted to fit the unique circumstances of a single state should not be grafted onto the entire country,” Romney said in a statement. “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.” 

So in essence Romney is really saying that he watched Obama's administration struggle to get things done correctly and being the true "Patriot" that Romney is he just sat back and let him fall flat on his face. Because what's good for the republican party isn't the same as what's good for America. Or as some have put it, "Romney is a sore loser" and instead of helping someone out he'd rather they fail. But isn't that the mantra of the republican party anyway.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

"Had President Obama actually learned the lessons of Massachusetts health care..."

Apparently Mitt hasn't learned the lessons of Massachusetts heath care very well either:

"In summary, Romney fought for a health care system with less regulation, more competition, and less cost to the state, individuals and businesses. It is important to note that all of these modifications to RomneyCare made by his successor and the MA legislature have had a major impact on costs. Were Romney a part of the implementation of the bill, and were his vetoes not over-ridden, the law would be considerably different today, and the state would stand to save a lot of money."

14 changes Mitt wants to make to his "successful" Romneycare, health care law.

BruceStrong
BruceStrong

Seems the First Lady runs the show at the WH, wonder what she thinks???

barneydidit
barneydidit

@john_rambo OMG, Really rambo? Democrats in Mass. had the cajones to actually work with a Republican to improve the quality of life for many of the residents of their state, while in contrast, Republicans on a national level have opposed Obama at every opportunity...choosing even to vote against THEIR OWN BILLS in order to keep their status as obstructionists intact, and your take is that this means Romney had bi-partisan support?

JenniferBingham
JenniferBingham

@seeseebutler Let's see...a man whom everything he touched turned to gold, who had honesty and integrity...v.s the leader of the party of "revenge", who has to pass socialist bills in order to see what is in them, who's acolytes say "what difference does it now make." when American heroes die and their deaths are covered up so that Obama might win the election that he already bought and paid for, using lies and corruption to win like he had since he first ran as a Senator. Including his normal  brass knuckle tactics like the IRS targeting those who would have donated billions to Romney and the Conservative cause. Quite the contrast and only an America completely addicted to welfare and freebies (now there are more people on welfare than are working for the first time in American History) could have sat back and allowed such travesty to occur.

JenniferBingham
JenniferBingham

@BobJan Oh you mean when Romney sucked it up and showed the kind of man that he is and called the President last Winter and offered his help? And Obama showed his character or lack thereof by refusing with all the arrogance which is so uniquely his? You people are so addicted to MSM and their talking points you have lost all ability to see and judge for yourselves...particularly in the respect that a man's actions denote what kind of man he is.

bryanfred1
bryanfred1

@BobJan Or perhaps the administration should have hired the same contractor that was apparently able to launch a successful exchange on a state's budget.  Perhaps the President he should have surrounded himself with competent advisors and administrators who knew the first thing about delivering a functioning product on time and within budget.  But by all means, blame anyone for the debacle other than the people directly responsible for it. 

JenniferBingham
JenniferBingham

@ViableOp If 47-67% of all American individual insurance plans are lost as Obama's own documents from 2010 which CBS so kindly revealed show to be the case, and the youth do not sign up as Obama thought they would, and the subsidies lessen over the years as they are designed to do, there will be more than 100 million people without insurance by the end of this, and the Nation will be even more broke than we are now with no funds to fix the problem. Not to mention the rioting and all out revolution which would be taking place if this were to occur. We are already the brokest nation on earth. So if the goal was to insure 30,0000,0000 uninsured poorest of the poor by breaking 100 million middle class people to do it...goal accomplished, well done. And by the way. Illegals are exempt from the tax penalty in the law, so their insurance is free while those who work pay for them, and will be broken by their care.

JenniferBingham
JenniferBingham

@barneydidit @john_rambo Try not to be stupider than you can help Barney. Republicans were barred from the meetings on Obamacare and not a single one voted for it's passage. Democrats own this lock stock and barrel. The reason Romneycare worked was because he and Mass's Dem's worked it slowly implementing it in phases over time. Obama and the idiot Dem's tried to implement a state plan nationally all at once. Of course it would fail. Republicans knew this and tried to delay it for that reason to work the bugs out of it.

BobJan
BobJan

@bryanfred1 @BobJan   After all, when President Bush's Medicare prescription drug program nearly crashed and burned in late 2005 and early 2006, Democrats in Washington and in the states stepped in to save it.

As Americans should recall, the Bush administration rollout of the Medicare drug benefit for 43 million elderly Americans was a disaster. Ohio Congressman John Boehner admitted as much to Fox News in February 2006 when he lamented that two years after its passage, "The implementation of the Medicare plan has been horrendous." As Ezra Klein recently recounted, in his rare moment of candor the future Speaker was right:

In 2006, the bill went into effect. It was a disaster. Computer systems didn't communicate with one another. Seniors were confused. Some of the poorest and sickest enrollees -- "dual eligibles" who qualify for aid under both Medicare and Medicaid -- weren't able to get their drugs. It was so bad that in his 2006 State of the Union address, Bush "said nothing about the new Medicare prescription drug program, an initiative Republicans once hoped to trumpet but has angered many seniors in its implementation," reported the Washington Post.

Much like Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, most Democratic Senators and almost all Democratic House members voted against Bush's Medicare Rx plan because they considered it an unnecessarily expensive, unfunded giveaway to insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms. But unlike Republican obstructionists who went to the Supreme Court, attempted to repeal and defund the law, blocked the expansion of Medicaid, refused to set up their own state health care exchanges, sought to cut-off funds for Obamacare "navigators," tried to halt spending on outreach and customer service, and even proclaimed they would refuse to answer constituent calls, Democrats at all levels helped save Bush's signature health care achievement from its disastrous roll-out. As then-Senator Hillary Clinton reasoned in 2006:

"I voted against it, but once it passed I certainly determined that I would try to do everything I could to make sure that New Yorkers understood it, could access it, and make the best of it."

When Wisconsin Senator Kohl, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Aging asked his colleagues "to put aside any partisan thoughts to work together to get this program running," Democratic governors were already spending billions of dollars to help out.