Former GOP Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, remaining true to his mantra as a politician who frequently reverses himself, took credit for Obamacare in comments to “The Boston Globe” and then later retracted his comments. In his original comments, Romney discussed a chronology of events that he claimed started with Romneycare in Massachusetts and culminated with the creation of Obamacare for the entire country, according to CNN on Friday.
Romney credited Staples co-founder Tom Stemberg for providing him with the idea to establish comprehensive health care for all citizens in Masachusetts that later became known as Romneycare. Romney cited the fact that Stemberg “pushed” for his idea and was instrumental in the establishment and implementation of Romneycare. Romney expressed his belief that if it had not been for Romneycare that Obamacare would not have come to fruition.
Romneycare and Obamacare both mandated that all citizens be covered or face penalties. Officials from the Obama Administration have stated that Romneycare was used as a model as Obamacare was being crafted.
In a statement that was released after his comments to “The Boston Globe,” Romney retracted his earlier comments. In the retraction, Romney cited increased premiums, losses of existing health coverage, and “usurped” state programs as emanating from Obamacare:
“(Obamacare) drove up premiums, took insurance away from people who were promised otherwise, and usurped state programs.”
Romney described Obamacare as “both bad policy and politics.” He also stated that he would “repeal” Obamacare and “replace” it with plans that are “crafted” in the individual states.
As cited in the August 1, 2012 edition of “The Rolling Stone ” in an article entitled, “Mitt Romney’s Biggest Flip Flops,” Romney has “flip-flopped” on a whole gamut of issues, ranging from abortion to taxes. On the issue of gun control, Romney originally stated in 2002 that he supported the tough gun laws in Massachusetts. In 2008, he stated that he would not support any kind of gun control efforts, even those banning assault weapons. In 2011, Romney stated that he believed that green house emissions were causing climate change. Later that same year, he stated that it was unknown what was causing climate change and that spending “trillions” of dollars to curb CO2 emissions was “not the right course for us.”
Romney “flip-flopped” on the issue of “flip-flopping” itself, saying that he believed in “stating your position and not wavering” in 2002. In 2007, he announced:
“I changed my position.”