Network faithful will find an interesting read in the following new report released by Families USA’s 501 c(4) sister organization, ObamaCare versus RomneyCare versus RomneyCandidateCare. The report found that there are substantial and potentially devastating differences between ObamaCare and the health care proposals of presidential candidate Romney, known as RomneyCandidateCare. These major differences could drastically affect the future health care choices of American families.America is at a crossroads in terms of the direction it will take on health care.
We are including the Introduction to the report below. Download the full report here.
- To help illuminate the possible paths forward, Families USA has explored the positions and records of the presidential candidates. To do this, we looked at the health reform law enacted in Massachusetts under the leadership of Governor Mitt Romney (which we refer to as RomneyCare throughout this report), at the health care law passed by Congress and enacted under the leadership of President Barack Obama (which we refer to as ObamaCare), and at the public positions on health care taken by Governor Romney in his role as the Republican presidential nominee (which we refer to as RomneyCandidateCare). While RomneyCare and ObamaCare have substantial similarities, it is clear that RomneyCandidateCare represents a significant shift in direction, presenting an obvious contrast with both RomneyCare and ObamaCare.
Governor Mitt Romney signed the Massachusetts Health Insurance Law on April 12, 2006.1 In doing so, he proudly stated that the new law would expand health coverage and protections for people throughout the state. Less than a year later, the governor touted RomneyCare as a potential model for replication. In remarks to reporters after a speech to the Republican Study Committee in Baltimore on February 2, 2007, he said, “I’m proud of what we’ve done,” and added that the law, if successfully implemented, “will be a model for the nation.”
When RomneyCare was enacted in 2006, Massachusetts already had one of the lowest uninsured rates among the 50 states (10.4 percent3). However, as Governor Romney anticipated, RomneyCare significantly improved health coverage. According to the latest Census Bureau report, only 3.4 percent of Massachusetts residents are uninsured—an enviable record that is far better than that of any other state in the nation.4 As a result, policy makers in the nation’s capitol turned to RomneyCare as a model to inform and guide the design of national health reform.
On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law ObamaCare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare is similar in many respects to RomneyCare. Both laws expand affordable health insurance options for middle- and low-income individuals and families through the creation of new health insurance marketplaces with consumer protections, as well as through public coverage. Indeed, an examination of key provisions of ObamaCare and RomneyCare demonstrates the clear parallels.
Today, as a candidate for President, Governor Romney has been emphatically critical of ObamaCare and has repeatedly stated his intention to repeal the law. Moving away from the Massachusetts reform model he signed into law, Governor Romney has signaled his support for a dramatically different set of proposals.
- Download the full report here.