The Corner

Romney: ‘To Get Health Care to Work Like a Market’

The former governor defends the Bay State’s health-care program on Hannity (rush transcript):

Hannity: Obviously, the country has rejected Obamacare, nationalized health care, socialized medicine.  And you’ve made a very strong defense that there was no similarity, in your mind, and that there were grave differences, and I wanted to give you an opportunity to explain to some people who have been critical of you, what are those differences in the health care?

Romney: Well, obviously there are some similarities and there are some important differences as well.  Maybe I’ll start with the intent: the intent of our legislation was to get health care to work like a market and the intent of the Obama bill, the Obamacare program, is to have government take over health care.  Our bill was a state solution to a state problem within the rights of the Constitution.  Obamacare is a federal intrusion of power, taking over the rights of states and the rights of families and the rights of doctors. It is a massive abuse of constitutional power and for that reason I think it needs to be repealed and we need to do a better job to get health care reformed in a way that makes it look more like a market.  There are some other differences of course – Obamacare raises taxes by half a trillion dollars, it cuts benefits to seniors on the private side of medicare by a half a trillion dollars. Of course we didn’t do anything like that.  And ours was an experiment, there were some mistakes in it, there are things I’d do differently the second time around.  But that last thing I’d ever do would be to take what we had done for one state and impose it on the entire nation.  It is simply be unconstitutional, it’s bad policy, and it’s wrong.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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