Romney Health Bill Page-Count Pitch Disputed

Thursday, 02 Jun 2011 09:56 AM

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Mitt Romney’s claim that his healthcare reform measure was just 70 pages long while President Barack Obama’s weighs in at some 2,700 pages “is silly.” An “apples-to-apples comparison suggests there is virtually no difference in page count,” The Washington Post concluded in a fact check of the statement.

romney, health, page, countRomney has tried different ways to separate Romneycare from Obamacare in recent weeks. Just two days ago he said his measure was 70 pages while Obama’s was 2,700, adding that “in those extra 2,630 pages he’s doing a lot of stuff that is just devastating to the health care system in this country. He’s wrong.”

“This is an old politician’s trick — lots of pages suggest something nefarious is going on — but we decided to dig deeper and see whether this is even a relevant apples-to-apples comparison,” the Post wrote of the page count argument.

The federal law is actually two bills, a Senate version and a reconciliation measure. The bills also went beyond healthcare and covered such things as a student loan overhaul and long-term care legislation. A consolidate version of the two laws is just over 900 pages and only about 200 directly compare to Romney’s bill, the Post reported.

The Post noted that when “Romney signed the bill, the Boston Globe reported that it was 145 pages long. There’s not much difference between 200 and 145 pages.”

“Comparing pages in different bills is silly, especially in this case. An apples-to-apples comparison suggests there is virtually no difference in page count between the relevant parts of the two laws—and that is not even accounting for the fact that ‘Romneycare’ covers just one state and ‘Obamacare’ covers an entire country,” the Post concluded.



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