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Romneycare and Obamacare

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6/29/2012 10:01:08 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
A lot of folks, on the left and the right, claim that Romneycare and Obamacare are the same thing and therefore Mitt Romney is hypocritical for wanting to repeal Obamacare. They are wrong.

First, There are differences in the bills. Obamacare cuts Medicare by $500 Billion and raises taxes by $500 Billion yet still increases the deficit. Romneycare does none of those things. Also, Romneycare was implemented on a state level while Obamacare was imposed on all 50 states.

Perhaps more importantly, Obamacare was constucted by a leader who favored single payer and wanted to expand governmental control over the health care system. Romneycare was constructed by a leader who wanted a market based health care system.

Indeed, Romney opposed both the employer mandate and the medicaid expansion, he also wanted a much lighter individual mandate (although he did support the individual mandate). He even vetoed the employer mandate and parts of the Medicaid expansion.

His original vision was to have a system where there was a lot of choice and competition between private insurers, as well as more cost sharing for individuals so they have an incentive to spend their health dollars wisely.

However, the democratic legistlature and Deval Patrick ended up making the bill force many more benefits than Romney wanted. They also got rid of many of the pro market reforms.

The point is that Romney's market vision for HC is and was very different from Obama's government vision for HC.

Here is the full story on this:
As a general rule, you'll find that, when a conservative is talking about policy, history, economics, or something serious, liberals are nowhere to be found. But, as soon as a conservative mentions Obama's birthplace or personal life, liberals are everywhere, only to dissappear again when evidence enters the discussion.