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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney displayed several Henges worth of stones Wednesday night when he told NBC News’ Ron Allen, in an interview, that his Massachusetts health care reform law, the national version of which he has vowed to repeal on day one, is an example of how “empathetic” he is. “I got everybody in my state insured,” Romney said. “100 percent of the kids in our state have health insurance. I don’t think there’s anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record.”
In Fall 2005, the House and Senate each passed health care insurance reform bills. The legislature made a number of changes to Governor Romney's original proposal, including expanding MassHealth (Medicaid and SCHIP) coverage to low-income children and restoring funding for public health programs. The most controversial change was the addition of a provision which requires firms with 11 or more workers that do not provide "fair and reasonable" health coverage to their workers to pay an annual penalty. This contribution, initially $295 annually per worker, is intended to equalize the free care pool charges imposed on employers who do and do not cover their workers.
On April 12, 2006, Governor Mitt Romney signed the health legislation. Romney vetoed eight sections of the health care legislation, including the controversial employer assessment. Romney also vetoed provisions providing dental benefits to poor residents on the Medicaid program, and providing health coverage to senior and disabled legal immigrants not eligible for federal Medicaid. The legislature promptly overrode six of the eight gubernatorial section vetoes, on May 4, 2006, and by mid-June 2006 had overridden the remaining two.
Both really, but I refer to Romney in this instance. The fact that he currently supports socialized medicine and is bragging about passing parts of it is reason enough. Honestly, the fact that he was able to get elected governor of Massachusetts is enough to show he is too statist for me to support.
Originally posted by charles1952
reply to post by DarthMuerte
Sorry if I'm misunderstanding you, but you won't vote for Romney because of the mandate, or Obama because of his?
If Romney, the Democrat legislature put the employer mandate in and, when Romney vetoed it, they overrode his veto and put it back in.
If Obama, then I can understand because it's very different.
There are many things to criticize Romney for, but I think you could cut him a little slack on this particular one.
If I understand correctly, Romney originally proposed a health insurance bill which ended up with the mandate included. Thus he bears at least some responsibility.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
This is classic of Romney. One day, he says one thing, tomorrow, he says the opposite, with as much feigned sincerity as his previous statement held.