Politics & Policy

White House Calls Romneycare ‘Smart Approach’

Mitt Romney’s bad week continues. The White House is now praising Romneycare, reports The Huffington Post [emphasis mine]:

We have said before that health care reform that then Governor Romney signed into law in Massachusetts is in many ways similar to the legislation that resulted in the Affordable Care Act,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in an off-camera briefing at the White House. “And as to the issue of flexibility, as you know, earlier this year we made quite a big deal out of the fact that the president wanted to move up to 2014 … the starting point at which states can ask for waivers to opt out of the Affordable Care Act as long as they, of course, demonstrate their capacity with their own ideas to achieve the same objectives.”

“We wholly endorse flexibility and we obviously feel that Massachusetts took a smart approach towards health care reform,” the press secretary added. “Its provenance was so mainstream, there are great similarities between Massachusetts’ law, the Affordable Care Act and legislation proposed by then Rhode Island Republican [Senator] John Chaffee in 1993.”

However, New Jersey governor Chris Christie had some words of praise for Mitt Romney.”Governor Romney’s speech yesterday was just the type of tone we need,” Christie said in a statement. “While folks may not agree with what he said, that type of candor is what Americans expect from a serious presidential candidate today.”

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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