Not The Issue

July 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

“WALLACE: I just want to ask, what specifically are you going to do to provide universal coverage to the 30 million people who are uninsured?

MCCONNELL: That is not the issue. The question is, how can you go step by step to improve the American health care system. … We’re not going to turn the American health care system into a Western European system.”

  • Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, July 1, 2012
  • Source: Interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday (video)
  • Context: Mitch McConnell came on Fox News Sunday to discuss the Affordable Care Act. He was asked by Wallace what the Republican plan was to provide insurance to the 30 million uninsured American since he was so adamant about repealing Obama’s health care reforms. After dodging the question Wallace asked him once again, to which he replied that the 30 million uninsured Americans were not an issue.

A Model They Can Learn From

July 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

Excerpt from the CNN article (includes video of the interview):

In an interview with CNN in 2009, Romney touted the mandate as a free market alternative to the president’s original plan that offered Americans the option to buy into a government insurance plan. That so-called “public option” was later dropped from the law.

“I think there are a number of features in the Massachusetts plan that could inform Washington on ways to improve health care for all Americans,” Romney told CNN in 2009. “The fact that we were able to get people insured without a government option is a model I think they can learn from.”

Romney explained his mandate, or “incentive” as he preferred to call it in the interview, was designed to achieve universal coverage.

“No more free riders. Everybody is part of the plan. And that way, we get the costs down. We let people know that they never have to worry about losing their coverage,” Romney said in the interview.

Romney’s Individual Mandate

July 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

The following video is of Romney presenting the individual mandate at The Heritage Foundation, a Conservative think tank in Washington D.C., in January 2006.

Below is another video of Romney praising the individual mandate, saying that it will drive costs down. This video is from March 2006:

“With regards to the individual mandate, the individual responsibility program that I proposed, I was very pleased that the compromise between the two houses includes the personal responsibility mandate. That is essential for bringing the health care costs down for everyone and getting everyone the health insurance they need.”

Context: Romney successfully implemented health care reform in Massachusetts and he lauded his plan, going as far as saying that the federal government should learn from what he was able to accomplish.  This all changed when Obama implemented his health care reform law, which was modeled off of Romney’s own law in Massachusetts. The etch-a-sketch candidate quickly flopped on the issue and came out against “ObamaCare” as well as the individual mandate. On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law in its entirety, but Romney still insists it is a bad policy which he intends on repealing if he wins the presidency.


June 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

“But this is absolutely a mandate, its absolutely forced, its absolutely police powers from the federal government, and its going to be be 5-4. And if I’m wrong I will come on and I will play your clip and I will apologize for being an idiot.”

  • Bill O’reilly, March 26th, 2012
  • Source: The O’reilly Factor (video, 4:20)
  • Context: O’reilly was referring to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 (also known as “ObamaCare” or “RomneyCare”) being struck down by the Supreme Court. On this show, he disagreed with his guest regarding the constitutionality of the individual mandate. On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld PPACA in its entirety.

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