View Full Version : Romney: It’s a “Compliment” to Be Called “Grandfather of ObamaCare”

09-21-2012, 11:38 PM
Despite all his talk of repealing and replacing the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told an audience (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/mitt-romney-compliment-obamacare_n_1898675.html) September 19 that he takes it as “a compliment” when President Barack Obama calls him “the grandfather of ObamaCare.”

Appearing at a Univision “Meet the Candidate” forum, Romney touted his own “experience in healthcare reform.” That, of course, would be the 2006 healthcare law that Romney signed into law as governor of Massachusetts. That law mandated that all residents carry health insurance or pay a tax penalty and that insurers not discriminate against individuals with pre-existing conditions. It also set up a state insurance exchange and subsidized insurance premiums for those unable to afford them on their own.

If that sounds like ObamaCare, that’s because it is. In fact, Obama specifically modeled his plan on Romney’s, even going so far as to consult former Romney advisers about how to take Romneycare nationwide. One of those former advisers, MIT economist Jon Gruber, told Newsweek (http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/04/15/if-the-mitt-fits.html) that Romney is “the one person who deserves the most credit for the national plan we ended up with.” Thus, while Obama was undoubtedly playing politics when he credited Romney with siring the prototype for the Affordable Care Act, he was also telling the truth.

After mentioning his own healthcare-reform credentials, Romney continued: “Now and then the president says I’m the grandfather of ObamaCare. I don’t think he meant that as a compliment but I’ll take it.”

Romney had a bit of a smile on his face, as if he were saying that in jest. Yet the next words out of his mouth indicated otherwise: “This was during my primary; we thought it might not be helpful.” In other words, when he had to win the votes of the conservative base of the Republican Party, he felt obliged to pretend that he had nothing at all to do with ObamaCare and, in fact, loathed it. Now that the GOP is stuck with him, he can admit that he really is honored to have had a hand in foisting that unconstitutional monstrosity on the country — no great shock considering he once declared that RomneyCare should be “a model for the nation” and later urged (http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20090730/column30_st.art.htm) Obama to use the Massachusetts law as a template for his own.



09-22-2012, 03:35 PM
Was going to post his evolving history of statements concerning Obamacare, but another story emerged from his Univision interview.

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2012/09/MITT_ROMNEY_SHADES_570-1.jpg (http://postimage.org/)

While his orangey-brown appearance on Univision could have been the result of bad lighting or a makeup mishap (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/mitt-romney-orange-bronzer-univision-face_n_1900387.html), left-wing blog the Democratic Underground concluded that Romney "dyed his face brown (http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251101160) for his Univision interview."

The claim is not completely out of the ballpark. After all, as Gawker points out (http://gawker.com/5944931/mitt-romney-dyed-his-face-brown-to-appeal-to-latino-voters), Romney did say "it would be helpful to be Latino (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/mitt-romney-helpful-to-be-latino_n_1891359.html?utm_hp_ref=latino-voices&ir=Latino%20Voices)," in a video secretly recorded at a campaign fundraiser (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/mitt-romney-video_n_1829455.html) earlier this year.
Appearing at a campaign fundraiser in Atlanta, Georgia, before his Univision interview, Romney showed a bit more color, but nowhere near the amount of bronze as seen on stage at the 6:30 p.m. ET filming.


50 shades of Mitt. This election is getting weird.

09-22-2012, 04:10 PM
I saw that too. He almost went guido.

09-22-2012, 04:11 PM
This guy is trying to lose. How does no one (present company excluded) see that?