The former Massachusetts governor is learning he can’t have it both ways.
One of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s biggest hurdles during both his 2008 and 2012 presidential bids is ridding himself of the legacy of the universal health care he supported and signed into law. His Republican and Democratic critics frequently note with glee that Commonwealth Care was a prototype for Obama’s signature domestic legislation, the Affordable Care Act.
In a health care speech on Thursday, Romney said that if elected he would give states waivers from the law, but each would be required to implement insurance programs that meet its minimum standards. He also said that he objects to the Affordable Care Act’s prescription of “one size fits all.”
In an interview on MSNBC’s Last word with Lawrence O’Donnell that night, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Commonwealth Care has been “wildly successful” and that Romney played a key role in convincing him about the importance of individual mandates, which spreads risk while keeping costs down.
Indeed, Patrick said, Romney appears to like just about everything about the Affordable Care Act, “except for the fact that the president of the United States, Barack Obama, is the one who signed it into law.”
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