Romney’s First Plan as President: Nix Obamacare
Posted on May 11, 2011
Demonstrating that peculiar Republican penchant for believing that the free market solves all that ails our nation, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney proclaimed in an Op-Ed on Wednesday that he’d do away with the current president’s hard-won health care legislation if he were to take Obama’s place after the 2012 election.
But how does this hard-line promise jibe with Romney’s own past experience with health care reform, or shall we call it Romneycare? FactCheck.org has some answers here. —KA
Mitt Romney in USA Today:
My plan is to harness the power of markets to drive positive change in health insurance and health care. And we can do so with state flexibility (unlike ObamaCare’s top-down federal approach), no new taxes (as opposed to hundreds of billions of dollars of new taxes under ObamaCare), and better consumer choice (as opposed to bureaucratic, government choice under ObamaCare). This change of direction offers our best hope of preserving both innovation and value.
If I am elected president, I will issue on my first day in office an executive order paving the way for waivers from ObamaCare for all 50 states. Subsequently, I will call on Congress to fully repeal ObamaCare.
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is doing some damage control on his health-care-related past.