Republican Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney On Health Care

Republican Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney On Health Care

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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.

Link: Romney’s official presidential campaign page.




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)


Republican Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney On Health Care

BOSTON — Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (seated) signs into law a new health care reform bill during a ceremony at Faneuil Hall April 12, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) (2nd R behind table) and others joined Romney for the signing of the bill, which makes Massachusetts the first state in the country to require that all residents have health insurance. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Mitt Romney’s 2008 Campaign For President