GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has a sometimes contentious history with health care. As governor of Massachusetts, he signed a health care reform law there, which in addition, to becoming the prototype for the federal health care reform law, has made him the target of conservative jeers.
Here’s a brief history of Mitt Romney’s stance on reforming the health care system in America.
Watch: Romney Defends Mass. Health Plan: ‘Right For The People Of My State’
In a major speech Thursday, May 12, at the University of Michigan Medical School, Mitt Romney defended the health reform law he signed while governor of Massachusetts. And, he used a PowerPoint presentation to lay out a very different vision for what he would do if he becomes president, which includes reliance on more market-based competition among insurers and health care providers.
Read: With Speech, Romney To Confront Health Reform Politics
Mitt Romney will deliver a speech Thursday, May 12, in which he will confront his biggest political vulnerability: the fact that the state health reform he signed into law as governor is often considered a prototype for the federal health law. The individual mandate, which The Boston Globe describes as “the third rail in Republican politics,” was a core component of the state’s health reform measure.
Read: USA Today: Romney: As First Act, Out With ObamaCare
Health care is more than just one-sixth of the American economy. It is a source of well-being for individuals and families. We are blessed with much that is good in American health care. But we have taken a turn for the worse with ObamaCare, with its high taxes and vastly expanded federal control over our lives. I believe the better course is to empower the states to determine their own health care futures (Mitt Romney, 5/11)
Mitt Romney’s 2008 Campaign For President