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DNC: Romney's Health Care Confusion Continues
Date:11/21/2007

n LaVera. "Unless you are looking for another Bush Republican who will put his special interest friends and political opportunism ahead of American people, Mitt Romney is the wrong prescription for health care in America."

Mitt Romney: All Over the Map on Health Care

His Massachusetts Health Plan: Socialized Medicine or a Conservative Victory? Mitt Romney called the Massachusetts health care plan "a conservative victory" in April 2006. [Boston Globe, 4/26/07] Romney compared recent health care proposals by Democratic candidates to "a European-style socialized medicine plan." [Boston Globe, 9/18/07] But health care experts say those proposals are "just like the Massachusetts plan." [Reuters, 10/5/07]

Tax Incentives or No Tax Incentives? During a nationally televised debate on August 5, Romney said tax exemptions are not the way to provide health insurance to every American because many uninsured Americans don't pay taxes. But just two weeks later, he outlined a plan to use tax exemptions to expand health coverage. [Wall Street Journal, editorial, 8/27/07]

SCHIP or No SCHIP? As governor, Romney signed the 2006 "Act Providing Access to Affordable, Quality, Accountable Health Care" which expanded SCHIP eligibility standards to help achieve its objective of coverage for all residents. [Section 26 of Chapter 58 of Acts of 2006 at http://mass.gov/legis/sections.pdf] As a presidential candidate, asked "If Mitt Romney were president today, would he veto the SCHIP bill as President Bush has threatened to do this week," Romney said: "Yeah. Yeah, I sure would. I'd veto it out of my belief that we should have every citizen insured. I put forward a plan in my state that gets every citizen insured... The right pathway to get everybody insured is to help people get private insurance. The SCHIP pathway is simply the wrong way. It's unfortunate the Democrats used this vehicle. It would
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