Romney: Because of health care, Obama second term 'rotting away'

Posted by David Lightman on November 3, 2013 

Mitt Romney talked health care Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," maintaining the Obama administration controversy "has undermined the foundation of (Obama's) second term." 

Romney, the Republican presidential nominee last year, has been cited by Obama as an architect of health care change. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney signed into law a plan that in many ways is the model for the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Romney said throughout the 2012 campaign, and again Sunday, that states should be allowed to craft their own plans.

"I think the president failed to learn the lessons that came from the experience in Massachusetts," Romney said Sunday.

"First of all, the Massachusetts experience was a state-run plan. The right way to deal with health care reform is not to have a one-size-fits-all plan that's imposed on all the states, but recognizing the differences between different states and their populations, states should be able to craft their own plans to get all their citizens insured and to make sure that pre-existing conditions are covered."

He also urged that his state's lessons be heeded.

"Massachusetts teaches some important lessons some states are not going to want to follow. One lesson is health insurance is more expensive in Massachusetts than anywhere else in the country. Now, that's something that Texas and Minnesota and Montana are not necessarily going to want to adopt. And you're going to see, as a result of Obamacare, premiums going up dramatically across the country," Romney said.

Then he sharply criticized Obama.

"I think the key thing that the president is trying to get away from, and that is that he told people they could keep their insurance and that was not the truth," Romney said.

"And whether you like the model of Obamacare or not, the fact that the president sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second term. I think it's rotting it away. And I think the only way he can rebuild credibility is to work with Republicans and Democrats and try and rebuild a foundation

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