Mitt Romney: Barack Obama Sometimes Calls Me The Grandfather Of ObamaCare, It's a Compliment
The Republican presidential candidate said the President tried to hurt him during the Republican primary by saying he RomneyCare served as he basis for ObamaCare and didn't me it as compliment. Romney added "I'll take it" as a compliment.
Mitt Romney Suggested Three Times In 2009 That Obama Imitate Romneycare
Republican Presidential front runner Mitt Romney has taken heat from his rival for a 2009 USA today op-ed touting RomneyCare, including the individual mandate as model for national health reform. But the former Massachusetts Governor's op-ed wasn't the only time he thought the President could "learn" from Massachusetts. In the three clips below from the summer of 2009 Romney seemed to express support for the President imitating RomneyCare for national health reform.
Romney Supported Federal Individual Mandate In 2009
The Republican presidential frontrunner often takes criticism for his previous support of a individual mandate. But the former Massachusetts Governor deflects blame for first implementing the idea by saying he took a state-based, "federalist" approach. In a June 2009 appearance on "Meet the Press," Romney touted both his plan and the Wyden-Bennet plan as models for national health care reform, both plans include a individual mandate. Romney's previous support for a federal mandate makes his health care positions even murkier, and has sewn doubt among conservatives that he will repeal the most controversial elements of the President's plan.
Mitt Romney's 2008 Health Care Reform Plan
Mitt Romney often defends the individual mandate that was the cornerstone of his Massachusetts health care reform law by saying it was put in place on a state level. But the health care reform plan he campaigned on in 2008 was also largely centered around the concept. Although the plan implies using a "federalist approach," the plan doesn't specifically imply it that it is a states-only approach. Implementing the concepts laid out in the Romney plan, including the "Stop The Free Riders," concept would most likely have to involve some coordination on the federal level.