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Mitt Romney and Obama Care

Original post made by Cindy Cross on May 12, 2011

Mitt Romney and Obama Care by Cindy Cross
Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, is one of the Republican frontrunners for President in 2012. Romney meets all the requirements of a top republican competitor with the exception of a major sticking point—universal health care.
Through Romney's leadership as governor in 2003, the state passed a universal health care system that is comparable to Obama care.
How can Romney overcome such a huge obstacle? Obama care is one of the most contentious issues between Obama and the Republicans in Congress. Republicans have been up in arms against Obama care and have made it a platform against Obama and the Democrats.
Romney would make a strong presidential candidate. Highly intelligent, he graduated from Brigham Young, and then went on to graduate cum laude from Harvard with an MBA and law degree. Romney co-founded investment firm Bain Capital and was president and CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
When asked about Obama care, Romney wisely said that he would leave the decision about universal healthcare to the states. This is a good temporary fix, but something that Romney will have to overcome during debates with other republicans hopefuls.
Besides his views on universal healthcare, Romney may also have to face his wish-washy stance on abortion and gay marriage.
The next wave of debates should be very interesting!

Comments (15)

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

This is the great irony. Obamacare and the individual mandate originated in Republican think-tank circles. Web Link They backed away from it when a Democrat started pushing for it! But the bottom line is that everyone ages and age brings greater health care needs. Can't get more universal than that.

Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2011 at 7:31 am


Do you really believe that the monstrosity that Pelosi/Reid championed through Congress has other than a slight resemblance to the testimony in your WebLink? There are many "good ideas" that are compromised during our convoluted political process, and I believe that "Obamacare" is a perfect example.

Romney knows he made a mistake with healthcare, and if he wants to be President, he's going to have to admit it, explain what went wrong, and what he should have done differently. Romneycare is a failed program, and Obamacare will soon follow.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Obamacare _originated_ from it. That isn't to say that Obamacare or the system outlined in the weblink is good. The individual mandate is a central and defining feature though, and was challenged in court. The Heritage Foundation may have backed away from it for perfectly legitimate reasons, but the fact remains that the Democrats ran with an idea that finds its origins in right-wing think-tanks. Maybe the Democrats were thinking that such a move would lead to bipartisan support.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

I think Romney should remind the GOP that Medicare is essentially "Obamacare" for the older folks. If the republicans are not okay with universal healthcare for all, young adults and kids included, why would they be in favor of keeping Medicare?

The GOP is hypocritical because on the one hand they criticize universal healthcare and on the other, they rally the seniors with fears that "Obamacare" (universal healthcare) will threaten Mediare! (don't they get it? Medicare is universal healthcare for seniors!!!)

Posted by Patriot, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

"Romney knows he made a mistake with healthcare"

Are your sure about that. Doesn't seem like he is apologizing to me.

Web Link

Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm


Romney "apologizing" for the healthcare plan and admitting it was a failure are two entirely different animals. (When's the last time you heard any politician apologize for making a mistake - except for extramarital affairs?) Romney will have to address the healthcare issue and I'm curious how he's going to handle it. If he thinks he can sweep it aside or ignore it, he's wrong.

I'm not against Romney, as I think he's qualified to be President. I also have every confidence that he can do a better job at reviving our economy than the current administration.

Thanks for listening..!!

Posted by Patriot, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I'll agree that he's more qualified than Obama, but I don't think he's going to be able to shake this one. Sounds to me like he's sticking to his guns and calling it a success. We'll have to see how it plays out.

Posted by Licensed Health care provider, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

35 year licensed health provider here. Ill effects of Obama "care" are already being implemented on so many levels and so much propaganda about the benefits. And to make matters worse, its smothering medical innovation yet failing on every level to decrease costs. Do your research. Be informed. That's the best, most honest advice I can give anyone who asks my opinion.

Posted by Republican Red, a resident of Jensen Tract
on May 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

There all better then Obambi. My pick is Palin or Trump. We need truth in our White House.

Posted by Ethyl's Mom, a resident of another community
on May 14, 2011 at 11:04 am

Romney made a decission for a single state, a judgement call by a governor.
Obama, on the other hand, is making decissions for states that should be made by each individual state not the federal government.

Posted by James, a resident of Downtown
on May 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Last time I looked, it was Congress that passed the affordable health care act. But I guess it feels better criticizing the, um, 'decissions' of a black man in the White house. I too like that nice looking white man from mormanland.

Posted by glad you are not my neighbor resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

James: do you really process information in your head like that after reading the post above yours? WOW.......................etc

Posted by Romney's best, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Gov Romney vetoed several parts of the bill, BUT his Mass. Legislature OVER-RODE his veto. It's not as simple as you try to make it sound. Both sides just want to trash him, because they fear him with all his turn-around experience, clearly the most educated, most talented, and most experienced on either side. It should have been Romney last time, and we would be living in a very different world. Huckster Huckabee screwed up the early Iowa caucus last time...So glad he's not going to screw up history this time. Just hope the clowns and crazies stay home, and remember we're choosing a President !

Posted by cee, a resident of another community
on May 16, 2011 at 10:34 am

Romney like Obama, did not implement his healthcare plan all by himself. All the legislative bodies that make up our government should be examined. I think individuals should be contacting their state officials to make their voices more heard. I think we as a whole have become very complacent and have let big government take over.

Posted by lee, a resident of another community
on May 16, 2011 at 10:41 am

Romney has all of the qualifications, including the "politicians hair". It will be interesting to see how he handles the healthcare issues at hand. And as far as needing Palin and Trump in the white house as Rep. Red says, already seen the movie "Dumb and Dumber". No thanks.

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