Giuliani: Romney Should Admit Healthcare 'Mistake'

Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 11:18 PM

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining other Republicans in slamming former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the state healthcare plan that many consider a precursor to Obamacare.

"It's clear the Massachusetts health care plan was a mistake and Mitt should basically say that and explain how he would act differently now," Giuliani told the New Hampshire Union Leader's John DiStaso.

Critics like Giuliani point out Romney’s plan’s many similarities to the new federal healthcare law with its individual mandate to purchase private health insurance, plus subsidies for people with lower incomes.

"A mandate is a mandate is a mandate is a mandate," Giuliani also told the Union Leader. "There shouldn't be a mandate at the national level. There shouldn't be a mandate at the state level. There shouldn't be a mandate at the city level. People should get to make their own choices about this and the most important thing to do is to decrease the government's role in health care and increase the private sector's role."

Romney has rejected those comparisons.
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"Our experiment wasn't perfect--some things worked, some didn't, and some things I'd change,” Romney said in a recent speech. “One thing I would never do is to usurp the constitutional power of states with a one-size-fits-all federal takeover."

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