A video posted by President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign provides further evidence that the 2006 Massachusetts healthcare reform law signed by then-Governor Mitt Romney was the prototype for the 2010 federal law signed by President Obama. But the video does more than just reaffirm that Romney is an unprincipled flip-flopper: It also offers a glimpse into the socialist origins of both Romneycare and ObamaCare.
The Obama campaign posted the video (see link below), fittingly titled “The Anniversary of Romneycare,” on YouTube on April 12, 2012, six years to the day after Romney signed the Massachusetts bill into law with a huge ceremony attended by dignitaries including the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and a large contingent of local and national media.
“Romney’s people built a stage on top of the stage so that the event would project better for the assembled national media,” Harvard School of Public Health professor John McDonough says in the video.
McDonough should know. As he explains in the video, “I helped craft and pass Massachusetts’ health reform in 2006 and the Affordable Care Act in 2010.” He assisted with RomneyCare as the executive director of Health Care for All, a Massachusetts consumer health advocacy organization. By the time ObamaCare was being drafted, McDonough was serving as a health policy adviser to Kennedy.
“Mitt Romney,” McDonough asserts in the video, “had this belief that this was going to be his ticket to national fame and glory.”
In the years following the big signing ceremony Romney repeatedly urged the federal government to take Romneycare nationwide. At least twice in 2007 he stated that the Massachusetts law would serve as a “model for the nation.” In 2008, asked by ABC’s Charles Gibson if he hadn’t “backed away from mandates on a national basis,” Romney replied, “No, no, I like mandates. The mandates work.” In 2009, he said Obama should be looking to the Massachusetts plan as “a model for getting everyone insured.”
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