Can We Trust Romney’s Words on Obamacare?

John R. Houk

© February 11, 2012

 

Mitt Romney has been trying to convince Conservatives that he is a Conservative. Somebody caught Romney in a Freudian slip when on a role on a campaign stop, he told the crowd all the Conservative things he would do as President except he slipped up by saying he will fund Obamacare.

 

YouTube Video: Mitt Romney Wants to Fund Obama Care!!!

 

Uploaded by bookittysdad on Jan 30, 2012

 

In a Speech in Panama City, Florida, Mitt Romney goes on about cutting waist in the Military, and then using the funds to pay for Obama care. This is raw footage, there have been no editing tricks or other things added to this video. Please pass this around everywhere you can. Original Video Link. http://youtu.be/PipWtwfUkQY

 

Tony Newbill found an article at Ricochet.com reporting the feelings of a Romney advisor about how a Republican President would handle Obamacare if elected. Norm Coleman believes Obamacare will not be repealed but that the Senate will force a fix instead.

 

You couple this with Romney’s words in the YouTube video Romney does not really have any intention of using Executive Orders to render Obamacare useless. Romney’s Website says this about Obamacare:

 

Repeal and replace President Obama’s health care law
Mitt Romney believes that Obamacare must be repealed. On his first day in office, he will issue an executive order paving the way for waivers from Obamacare for all 50 states. Subsequently, he will call on Congress to fully repeal Obamacare, and advocate reforms that return power to the states, improve access by slowing health care cost increases, and make health insurance portable and flexible for today’s economy.

 

USA Today has an article authored by Mitt Romney on May 5, 2011 that provides five points about how a Romney Administration would deal with Obamacare:

 

Step 1: Give states the responsibility, flexibility and resources to care for citizens who are poor, uninsured or chronically ill. This reform speaks to the central advantage of our federalist system — that different states will experiment with and settle on the solutions that suit their residents best. Some states might pass a plan like the one we did in Massachusetts, while others will choose an altogether different route. We can empower states to expand health care access to low-income Americans by block-granting funds for Medicaid and the uninsured. My reforms also offer the states resources to help the chronically ill — both to improve their access to care and to improve the functioning of insurance markets for others.

 

Step 2: Reform the tax code to promote the individual ownership of health insurance. The tax code offers open-ended subsidies for the purchase of insurance through employers. This subsidy is unfair — as it doesn't apply to insurance purchased on one's own. I propose to give individuals a choice between the current system and a tax deduction to buy insurance on their own. This simple change creates the best of both worlds. Absolutely nothing will change for those who like their current coverage. And individuals who don't get coverage through their employers will have portable, lower-cost options.

 

Step 3: Focus federal regulation of health care on making markets work. This means both correcting common failures in insurance markets as well as eliminating counterproductive federal rules. For example, individuals who are continuously covered for a specified period of time may not be denied access to insurance because of pre-existing conditions. And individuals should be allowed to purchase insurance across state lines, free from costly state benefit requirements. Finally, individuals and small businesses should be allowed to form purchasing pools to lower insurance costs and improve choice.

 

Step 4: Reform medical liability. We should cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice litigation. The federal government would also provide innovation grants to states for reforms, such as alternative dispute resolution or health care courts.

 

Step 5: Make health care more like a consumer market and less like a government program. This can be done by strengthening health savings accounts that help consumers save for health expenses and choose cost-effective insurance. For example, we should eliminate the minimum deductible requirement for HSAs. The market reforms I am proposing will drive down costs, better inform consumers and improve the quality of health care in our nation.

 

These five steps are positive change. They will reduce health care costs, improve access and enhance value for the money. My reforms put quality, choice and innovation — not Washington — in charge.

 

The five-step plan does not sound like repeal to me. However, with a little full disclosure the Romney steps to have a market system replace the socialist system of Obamacare quite appealing. BUT I find a bit of disingenuity in claiming his Administration would repeal Obamacare but that his plan is to fix Obamacare. Without some details on a market fix for Obamacare I an uncertain that the top (Federal) down (State) socialism can be fixed. I suspect repealing Obamacare and starting over with a medical-insurance reform based on a market economy would better serve the taxpayers of America. I can’t see reforming a socialistic program without starting from scratch is possible.

 

If Romney actually wins the GOP nomination I will vote for him over President Barack Hussein Obama. I will not support Romney through to the Republican National Convention. For me it is a decision between Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Perhaps we will see a better picture of how the Republican Convention will proceed after Super Tuesday.

 

JRH 2/11/12 (Hat Tip: Tony Newbill)

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Tags: Capitalism, Election-2012, GOP-Candidates, Mitt-Romney, Obamacare, Socialism

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