CBS 62 Detroit Senior Producer and Host of Michigan Matters Carol Cain
Explain how the health plan developed for the country known as “Obamacare” and one in Massachusetts developed during Gov. Romney’s watch are similar, or dissimilar?
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Governor Mitt Romney
“ President Obama’s health care law raised taxes on middle class families and raided $716 billion from Medicare to pay for a federal takeover of our nation’s health care system. The law increased the cost of care, will force millions of Americans to lose the coverage they already have, and empowered a board of 15 unelected bureaucrats to cut Medicare even further. Obamacare was forced through Congress without a single Republican vote and was challenged in court by 26 States who were fundamentally opposed to the costly federal mandates they are now required to implement. I took the exact opposite approach in Massachusetts. I worked with a Democratic State legislature to enact health reforms that applied Massachusetts solutions to Massachusetts problems. The reforms I pursued did not raise taxes and did not raid the health security programs our nation’s seniors rely on. And they passed with a near unanimous support, were never challenged in court, and enjoy broad support within the state. I understand that what works in one state will not necessarily work in another. I will repeal Obamacare’s one-size-fits-all approach and restore state’s to their traditional role as leaders in solving our health care challenges. ”
President Barack Obama
“ President Obama believes that quality, affordable health insurance you can rely on is a key part of middle-class security. By expanding coverage and putting a stop to insurance company abuses, Obamacare is giving millions of Americans peace of mind.