Romney Accuses Obama of ‘Fundamental Dishonesty’ on Health Care

Former Republican presidential nominee says the President lied to Americans when he told them they could keep their existing health-insurance plans

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Days after President Barack Obama visited Massachusetts to trump his signature health care law, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the architect of the Massachusetts health care law that served as a model for the national bill, accused the President of lying when he told Americans that they could keep their existing health-insurance plans.

“I think that fundamental dishonesty has put in peril the entire basis for his second term,” Romney said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. Insurers are canceling plans that don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s standards, forcing those on the individual market with those plans to search for a new plan that meets the law’s criteria.

In the interview with David Gregory, Romney pushed back on some of the revelations in a new book on last year’s presidential campaign, Double Down: Game Change 2012. “No one could have worked harder than myself and my family did for the campaign,” Romney said, responding to claims he didn’t want to win the White House. “We were all in 100%.”

(MORE: Obama Says Romney’s Example Shows Health Care Reform Will Work)

Romney also defended New Jersey Governor Chris Christie from revelations in the book that he did not fully cooperate with the candidate’s team of lawyers who were vetting the outspoken governor as a potential vice-presidential pick. “There’s nothing they found that wasn’t part of the record,” Romney said. “There’s nothing new there.”

“They don’t come better than Chris Christie,” he added. “That’s the kind of popularity and track record the GOP needs if we’re going to take back the White House.”

Asked about the 2016 crop of Republican contenders, Romney said the front runners for the GOP nod are Christie, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and former vice-presidential nominee Representative Paul Ryan. Romney said the party “will be very anxious to choose someone in 2016 who has the best prospect of actually winning.” When asked specifically about Tea Party favorite Senator Ted Cruz, Romney said he didn’t wish to disqualify anyone, but already made his prediction.

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125 comments
gtmancan
gtmancan

Romney was a prophet in the health debate and that's why his opinion matters. He should have won the election but lost largely because of the leftist, socialist, cheering squad media and latent white guilt of criticizing Obama.  Well I don't fear criticizing that which deserves criticism. Socialists will be the destruction of America.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Speaking of 'Fundamental Dishonesty' has Mittens ever released his Tax Returns that would prove whether or not he was part of the UBS Tax Cheat scandal?

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

Geez, Mittens, don't you know nobody likes a sore loser?

Oh, wait, I forgot -- you DON'T know what people without car elevators think, because you never talk to them except to order dinner. You're accustomed to ordinary people saying "Yes, sir" when you pontificate, and otherwise keeping out of your line of sight. Too bad that doesn't work for voters not in your employ.

ascendedhart
ascendedhart

just came on to say,.,.,Mitt is a Muggle.

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

Too funny. a man who change his positions, developed this form of vulture capitalism that misrepresents itself to employees of the companies, accusing someone else of fundamental dishonesty.

sixtymile
sixtymile

It was a real dumb promise to begin with. I don't get to "keep my healthcare" either because the company I work for decides what I get, and that changes almost every year, and has no relation to ACA/Obamacare.

RobertFanney
RobertFanney

So Romney, the guy who lied about practically everything during the presidential campaign re-emerges to smear Obama during the Affordable Care Act roll-out. After sending so many jobs overseas are we supposed to believe he really cares about Americans struggling to find a health insurance plan that's worth something? More likely, he's just outraged that millions of Americans will no longer be shelling out thousands of dollars for value-less coverage.

And the whole nonsense about some people who would lose their coverage? Those are the same people who, under the old system, had they gotten sick, would have gone bankrupt.

Yep, Romney's just sad to see his vision of exploitation fading away like the morning mist.

Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

Man, do you guys remember back during the debates when Romney was getting up in the President's grill about Benghazi but then the moderator told him he was full of it? For a second there, he had a look on his face like he had just shot the chocolate.

You think he'd be tired of eating sh|t by now.

destor23
destor23

Romney's opinion matters, why?  He didn't come close to winning the election.  He is not presently in government.  His opinion on anything should be no more or less worth noting than the opinion of your neighbor.

kansasmeteorite
kansasmeteorite

same shtick, different clique. it's called stoney-irony. the meteorite whisperer 11/10/10

epiphysisj
epiphysisj

I am too alienated to be either a conservative or a liberal. I am too realistic to even donate five seconds of my time to those sniveling hand wringers over at the tea party. Which makes them about ten times more alienating than the mainstream republicans right now. As a spender and as a voter, I value just and sane polices for both the wealthy AND the grossly disadvantaged. I am also utterly appalled at the willful criminality and absolutely incompetence of the private sector to offer anything of value to me. I am sick and tired of the privatization of governmental function which ALWAYS appears corrupt and NEVER seems to benefit the recipients of those services. It seems like all Americans are capable of anymore is taking things that work well for everybody and breaking them until they work for nobody. That is not competition, it is not capitalism. The one time I felt honestly hopeful about our economy was during the Clinton years. The U.S had a SURPLUS and Bush came along and with Cheney’s help trainwrecked the entire thing in four short years— The democrats are pribbling ,mewling , unmuzzled, paunchy and slow at best, republicans and thier tea party ilk are ill bred, bat fowling, shrieking – clot – poled – codpiece wearing nut jobs. For this citizen, capitalism is a failure. All of you SUCK.

DavidG
DavidG

Romney should get back to building himself another new house somewhere and leave us alone

mwbright
mwbright

Oh, this is the guy who essentially accused the President of doing a little dance when those four Consular officers were killed in Benghazi?  Please.  The man never opened his mouth during the entire campaign without lying.  Not once.

TrishaLynnDragon
TrishaLynnDragon

What is it that keeps the GOP from understanding that they aren't the only ones who pay taxes? I'm not really sure where the money grubbing "mine mine mine" club gets off complaining about "takers" when they go above and beyond to make sure they pay as little as they can in taxes, but still want to pretend 100% of those tax dollars belong to THEM. 


Dem's want to close a ludicrous tax loophole? Treat a business as a business? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! The rage begins again and we get to be reminded corporations are people, and people...don't matter unless they vote red and pretend to be Christian. 


Still trying to sort out how team red can be Christian yet espouse none of the stuff that Christ fella taught, believed or preached. 


If they don't want to participate, and would rather whine and blame Obama, screw it let 'em. Let's get back to work and leave them to their whining. 



If somebody can point me to the scripture that says "and thou shalt say f**k the poor, I just bought a new Benz" that would be awesome. I believe in a God not a book so ya know, I'm not real familiar with the scripture.

jjparkerjim121
jjparkerjim121

Yeah good thing all of the takers, gay lesbian, cross dressers, atheists, welfare recipients  and progressives got their way? You nit wits voted for this dumb Obama Care System. Obama, Pelosi, Reed come out and lie to the American people about this stupid system that no one wants except some Leftist Progressives. We took a health care system that was slightly dysfunctional, flipped it upside down pulled it inside out and backwards, turned it into a totally dysfunctional system. We have our President that you nit wits voted for come out on national television and blatantly lie to the American people about the law.  If he didn't spread this lie he wouldn't have never got this stupid system passed or implemented?
  

JohnD
JohnD

It's quite amazing how Obama clearly lied, but Romney is getting the blunt... And you liberals wanted "Change" yet you all voted for another liar yet for some reason cannot admit that Obama is just another lying, deceiving politician who will be making millions after he's done being president. You know you have a deceitful person when you need celebrities and tell jokes to gain popularity. 

MarkJansen101
MarkJansen101

This from a man who would not release his tax returns? Doesn't he have a holiday home in the Bahamas he can quietly retire to? Please Mr. Romney don't lecture anyone about fundamental dishonesty while you live a life of privilege on the back of hard working Americans who can't afford an accrual of good accountants to help reduce their tax rates. 


richard.cramer
richard.cramer

Romney has the gall to call Obama a liar? this from the master of disinformation and minsinformation  Mitt Romney whose wife took $ for $ dancing horse expense medical deductions of $78,000? This from the man who loves the carried interest rule so he can pay taxes at a lower rate than Warren Buffet's secretary? this from the guy that labled workers taking their prepaid social security and medicare ass "moochrers and takers" while this patrician parasite and his GOP buddies sucked the blood  out of our economy. 

AndrewBayuk
AndrewBayuk

This is not really news. Republicans don't even listen to Romney , that is unless he's criticizing the President. The Republicans continue to demonstrate that they hate the president more than they love the will of the majority, They are so hell bent on discrediting the President that they grind any political progress to a complete halt to oppose his every policy, even reversing their own views if the president comes out in favor of something they previously supported. Nobody doubts that we need a new healthcare system. The Affordable Care Act is the new law. Their job is to help fix it, not waste everyone's time whining about it. They have the gall to complain that a website is broken, offering no solutions, while they are more than willing to break the whole government to bend to the will of the minority. Then then cater to a faction ironically calling themselves the Tea Party. The original tea party was a protest against taxation without representation. These same people benefit directly from our taxes, even keeping their salaries while they shut the government down. They are certainly NOT REPRESENTING the majority. Their own agenda betrays them, they are taxing without representing any real majority. Cut out this nonsense and start working to fix the real problems. Get off of your soapbox, be honorable, and start doing your real jobs. And keep Romney out of this, he lost.

rpearlston
rpearlston

When I read this headline, I thought, wait, wasn't this a topic a year ago?  Doesn't Nit-Wit Mitt understand that he LOST the election?

It's time that the R's were served a huge dose of REALITY.  In fact, they are very overdue for just that.

therealdude
therealdude

Frankly, as a Democrat I don't know if I like to keep seeing Mitt stick his head out of his shell or not. But this is the ultimate in hypocrisy--a man who is so dishonest that even his own staff called him etch-a-sketch during his presidential campaign. I don't know if I should root for him to run again or just shut up.

5thfrog
5thfrog

He couldn't win, so he is going to bash the winner to make himself look better to those to young to know better.

samkent122
samkent122

@RobertFanney What? Obama lied about the ACA!? Impossible. He never lies about anything.  How could he!? He is so intelligent. Not one person in this country has had or will ever have to pay more for their health care, and Obama has promised to pay the difference out of his own pocket if it ever happens.  He's such a nice guy: honest, fantastic integrity, so over-worked.  Why anyone ever voted against him I cannot imagine. Signed, THE DEVIL

mjshep
mjshep

@destor23 Actually, I'd listen to my neighbor at lot sooner than I'd listen to anything Romney has to say.  Especially when it comes to being honest.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@destor23  "Romney's opinion matters, why?"

Because David Gregory and Zeke Miller think so. Why? They must think it's good for their careers. That's all that's left to explain the blatant idiocy that is Beltway "journalism."

meddevguy
meddevguy

@DavidG Yeah, we gave the guy who lied to us and used the IRS and FBI to beat Romney a big house in the middle of DC, and a free pair of 747's for daily political campaign trips so he doesn't need a house until 2017.

And Romney -- after creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs and SUCCESSFULLY bringing Romneycare to Massachusetts, he has earned the right to gloat that every economic, healthcare, and foreign policy disaster he predicted in the 2012 campaign has come true. And its only 2013 -- can't wait to see how far America falls by 2017.

A guy whose religion promotes telling the unvarnished truth has the right to call somebody a liar, whether he ran against him or not.

m_mcmahon
m_mcmahon

@jjparkerjim121

The real moochers are millionaires and billionaires who pay a lower tax rate than working people and large corporations that earn billions in profit and pay little or no tax.

The real moochers are corporations, Romney and other wealthy individuals who offshore their money to avoid paying their fair share of taxes ($100 billion is lost annually).
 

The real moochers are corporations that send jobs overseas and receive $58 billion annually in tax breaks.

The real moochers are profitable oil, gas and coal companies that receive $11 billion annually in tax breaks and subsidies.

The real moochers are Wall Street and the big banks that received a $700 billion bailout; and large financial institutions, multinational corporations, and some of the wealthiest individuals that received $16 trillion in near-zero interest Fed loans.

The real moochers are Big Pharma, Big Agra and other industries that receive billions in subsidies.
 

The real moochers are private equity managers that benefit from the carried interest loophole.

m_mcmahon
m_mcmahon

@jjparkerjim121

I hope that you have sufficient assets to buy private health insurance when you are 80, because under the Tea Party/Ryan/Libertarian plan," that's what you'll have to do. And I'm sure it will be really affordable individual coverage for old people.

If there is a fire at your house, I hope you intend to put it out yourself, and I am guessing you don't use the interstate highway system or fly anywhere, because you couldn't do that without the government created by the taxes that we, the people, pay. And I hope you never get cancer, because you couldn't possibly accept treatment that might have been developed through research funded by the federal government.  I also hope that no one in your family will need government-backed college loans.
Instead of joining the bandwagon of "personal freedom" versus government, perhaps you should make a list of the myriad ways in which you and the rest of society benefit from the government's role in our lives. You know that little thing called the internet, enabling you to post your views developed out of government supported research. In fact, most of high tech benefited enormously from government supported research in silicon valley in the 40s and 50s, you know, when *REAL PATRIOTS* were proud to pay taxes and valued the government initiatives that improved all of their, and now our, lives. 
The list goes on and on. Maybe you should consider living on a deserted island somewhere. Lots of personal liberty - and no taxes - there. 

m_mcmahon
m_mcmahon

@JohnD 

Currently, the number one cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. is due to medical bills.  Of those, fully 75% have health insurance, which is clearly sub-standard.  The requirement of a base level of decent coverage under Obamacare is a good thing.

Personally, I would prefer the single-payer system that is the norm in every other industrialized nation, all of which have lower costs and enjoy better outcomes than the U.S. system.

The principles underlying Obamacare are essentially the Republican plan, first proposed by the right-wing Heritage Foundation and then espoused by Republicans such as Mitt Romney.

jjparkerjim121
jjparkerjim121

@booch2211 

You know you should really not mention Mitt and lies? When the nit wit you placed in office couldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it. The man tells a lie then lies about the lie he just finished lying about?

booch2211
booch2211

@MarkJansen101 

His campaign motto was 'Believe in America."

I guess "Believe in Bermuda, Switzerland, and The Cayman Islands," wouldn't fit on his campaign jet...

LOL!

JohnD
JohnD

@richard.cramer it's funny that Warren Buffet's secretary just bought a second pretty sizable house... I mean, for someone who pays so much in taxes is able to afford an entire new home with another land tax, energy tax, education tax, plus another mortgage and another set of bills... Yea, she's really hurting with that 'high tax rate on the average joe"... 

JohnD
JohnD

@therealdude Mitt isn't sticking his head out... Obama and democrats keep bringing him up. It's funny when they do, they say positive things about him.

Amskeptic
Amskeptic

@meddevguy @DavidG  Romney did not create hundreds of thousands of jobs. You cannot re-write the history of Bain Capital and its shark attacks against companies. If you think he has earned the "right to gloat" while we Americans continue to suffer the predatory capitalist destruction of the middle class, then I sure as heck do not want you anywhere near the efforts all of us true Americans exert towards solutions that help us all be the Great Nation we can be. This is not a football game, this is not We Win You Lose.

booch2211
booch2211

@jjparkerjim121 @booch2211

Still bitter about that election last year, eh jjparkerjim121?  Old Mittens got trounced!

Well the first anniversary is coming up, and I hope all you Obama haters choke on your bile.

JohnD
JohnD

@booch2211 hmmm... I wonder how much money Obama will be making once he leaves office... He will be making millions just like every other president due to making deals with corporations... No wonder Obama never kept his promise of "transparency" cause he's constantly making deals with corporations. Have you ever wondered why no insurance company is fighting ACA? Maybe cause ACA is benefitting insurance companies more than Americans.

5thfrog
5thfrog

@mjshep @5thfrog  Not necessarily, there are quite a few that when it comes to voting, and that means if they can get off their dead a#""%! to go and vote, for that reason, they probably know less than the average 3 year old. So maybe not to young chronologically but mentally.

booch2211
booch2211

@m_mcmahon @JohnD @booch2211 

Thank you for reminding us what a BIG liar Mittens is.

People forget so soon. And then there is always Faux News revisionist history from the likes of John D.

m_mcmahon
m_mcmahon

@JohnD @booch2211

Mitt Romney in his own words:
"I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it." 
"Roe v. Wade has gone too far." 

"I don't line up with the NRA." 
"I'm a member of the [NRA]." 

"I like mandates. The mandates work." 
"I think it's unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front." 

"I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose." 
"I never really called myself pro-choice."

"I saw my father march with Martin Luther King." 
"I did not see it with my own eyes." 

"I supported the assault weapon ban." 
"I don't support any gun control legislation." 

"I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation." 
"There's no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs." 

"I will work and fight for stem cell research." 
"In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise." 

"I would like to have campaign spending limits." 
"The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations." 

"I'm a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering." 
"I changed my position." 

"Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check." 
"I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry's come back." 

"I'm not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts." 
"Social Security's the easiest and that's because you can give people a personal account." 

"I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush." 
"Ronald Reagan is... my hero." 

"I've been a hunter pretty much all my life." 
"Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability." 

"If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation." 
"What works in one state may not be the answer for another." 

"It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam." 
"I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there." 

"It's a tax cut for fat cats." 
"I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero." 

"It's not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person." 
"He's going to pay, and he will die." 

"The TARP program... was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures." 
"When government is... bailing out banks... we have every good reason to be alarmed." 

"These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress." 
"Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore." 

"Those... paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship." 
"Amnesty only led to more people coming into the country." 

"When I first heard of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, I thought it sounded awfully silly." 
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell has worked well."- Mitt Romney

booch2211
booch2211

@JohnD @booch2211

You're not showing both sides.

Obama is one of the most deceitful, lying presidents I have ever seen.

I guess you were asleep during the entire Bush administration...

JohnD
JohnD

@booch2211 @JohnD Yes I am. I see both sides and realized you're all the same. You say one thing but do another just cause you want to "win" and can't "lose".

booch2211
booch2211

@JohnD @booch2211 

And are you putting yourself forward as someone open minded, mature and respectful of the truth?

GET OVER YOURSELF.

LOL!!!

JohnD
JohnD

@booch2211 what a mature comment. Just shows how immature a majority of you think. You people still have the college football game mindset. US vs THEM and I want to win! Guess what, you're mindset is killing this country. Obama is one of the most deceitful, lying presidents I have ever seen. And I thought Obama supporters are suppose to be "open minded and respectful of truths" yet you're all ignorant and closed minded.

booch2211
booch2211

@JohnD @booch2211

Go back and read my comment again--you stupid moron.

I never said Mittens paid them, I said:


How much did the insurance industry pay Mittens for pushing the same law in Massachusetts?

Please DO try to keep up. I'm not one to suffer FOOLS gladly.

JohnD
JohnD

@booch2211 @JohnD It's not about paying them, it's about them making more money... When you make people pay for insurance, guess what, Insurance companies make more money. Mittens didn't pay them you stupid moron. They paid Mittens, just like they paid Obama. 

booch2211
booch2211

@JohnD @booch2211

How much did the insurance industry pay Mittens for pushing the same law in Massachusetts?

And then Mittens put it in tax shelters in Bermuda, Switzerland, and The Cayman Islands.