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Romney: I'm Proud to Be 'Grandfather' of Obamacare

Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 11:23 PM

Mitt Romney says it's a compliment to be called the grandfather of Obamacare, the health care law championed by President Barack Obama and scorned by Republicans — including Romney himself.

Obama has said the health care law Romney backed while governor of Massachusetts is the basis of the federal Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010.

Speaking at a Univision forum Wednesday night, the Republican presidential nominee said that now and then Obama calls him the grandfather of Obamacare.

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Romney said, "I don't think he meant that as a compliment, but I'll take it." He went on to defend the Massachusetts law but says it is wrong for the federal government to take that approach.

Grandfather or not, Romney has pledged to repeal Obamacare if elected president.

Here are his full comments:

"I have experience in health care reform. Now and then the president says I'm the grandfather of Obamacare. I don't think he meant that as a compliment but I'll take it. This was during my primary, we thought it might not be helpful. But, um, I've actually been able to put in place a system that fit the needs of the people of my state, and I'm proud of the fact that in my state, after our plan was put in place, every child has insurance, 98 percent of adults have insurance, but we didn't have to cut Medicare by $716 billion to do that. We didn't raise taxes on health companies by $500 billion as the president did. And so, we crafted a program that worked for our state, and I believe the right course for each state we're going to give you the Medicaid dollars you've had in the past, plus grow them with inflation, plus one percent, and you as the states are now going to be given targets to move people towards insurance, and you craft programs that are right for your state.

"Some will copy what we did. Others will find better solutions. But the nature of the American experiment has been letting states build plans and ideas that work for each of them, share those ideas with one another. The idea of a federal government stepping in, and telling people, here's the kind of insurance you have to have. You don't get the choice of whether you want comprehensive or whether you want catastrophic.

"The government is going to tell you what you have to have. The government is ultimately have a board that tells you what kind of care you can receive. That in my opinion is not the right way to go on health care. The approach that I would propose is one that would give individuals choice as opposed to government choice. That's going to get our people insured and will keep the cost of health care from going through the roof as it has been, and I believe it will allow people to continue to have the relationship with their doctor and their provider that they want."

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