Romney Touts His Health Care Credentials


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Topics: Health Costs, Medicare, Politics, Health Reform

Sep 20, 2012

During a forum hosted by Univision, the GOP presidential nominee embraced his role as the “grandfather of Obamacare.” Elsewhere on the camapign trail, the Service Employees International Union launches a Medicare attack ad against the Romney-Ryan campaign and other Republicans.

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Romney Softens Tone At Univision Forum
Mitt Romney appeared to embrace his role as the “grandfather of Obamacare,” while also disavowing President Barack Obama’s health-care law, as the Republican softened his tone on a host of hot-button issues Wednesday evening. “I have experience in health-care reform,” Mr. Romney said in a candidates forum hosted by Univision, the Spanish-language network. “Now and then the president says I’m the grandfather of Obamacare. I don’t think he meant that as a compliment but I’ll take it” (Murray, 9/19).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Romney Says Being Called The ‘Grandfather Of Obamacare’ Is A Compliment He’ll Accept
Mitt Romney says it’s a compliment to be called the grandfather of Obamacare, the health care law championed by President Barack Obama and scorned by Republicans — including Romney himself. Obama has said the health care law Romney backed while governor of Massachusetts is the basis of the federal Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010 (9/19).

CBS (video): Romney: I’m the Grandfather Of ‘Obamacare’
Mitt Romney said Wednesday at Univision’s “Meet the Candidates” forum in Coral Gables, Fla., “The president says I’m the grandfather of ‘Obamacare’ — I don’t think he meant that as a compliment, but I’ll take it.”

ABC: New Union Ads Hit Romney, Republicans On Medicare
The Service Employees International Union is going after Mitt Romney and two freshman House Republicans on Medicare, with a flight of ads airing in three states. The union plans to make health care a central theme in its ads this fall. “You’re going to see a lot of stuff on Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act in multiple races,” said SEIU spokesman Mark McCullough. In Florida, a new statewide radio ad blasts Romney and VP nominee Paul Ryan for their Medicare plan. In it, a nervous-sounding mother calls her son asking about Medicare and the GOP ticket, confused by TV ads on the topic (Good, 9/20).

The Boston Globe: Romney-Ryan Medicare Plan Dependent On Effective Competition
The success or failure of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s plan to overhaul Medicare depends largely on the answer to one key question: Would competition among private insurers hold down insurance costs? If the answer is yes, then the Republican ticket’s proposal — to issue premium support payments to future seniors, who would use the vouchers to purchase private insurance — could work (Borchers, 9/20).

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