From CNN's Carol Costello:
The biggest thorn in Mitt Romney's side is what his opponents call "Romneycare" – a derogatory nickname for the health care plan that Romney created in Massachusetts while he was governor.
As it turns out, the Obama administration was entranced with Romney's plan. Obama officials reportedly even met with Romney's advisers to create Obamacare, NBC News reports. And yes, both plans are similar in that they include a requirement to buy health insurance. But Romney is eager to make a clarification.
"The truth is, our plan is different, and the people of Massachusetts if they don't like it, they get rid of it," Mitt Romney said in last night's GOP debate. "Right now they favor it three to one. But I'm not running for Governor of Massachusetts, I'm running for President of the United States, and as President I will repeal Obamacare, I will grant a waiver on day 1 to get that started and I will make sure that we return to the states what we had when I was Governor the right to care for our poor and the way we thought best for our respective states."
But Romney sounded a very different tone when he signed the Massachusetts law. In an interview with Fox News back in April 12, 2006 – the day he signed his health care law – Romney said: "When I set out to find a way to get everybody health insurance, I couldn't have cared less and I don't care less about how it works politically. In my view it's the right thing to do."
In other words, Mitt Romney was for the individual mandate before he was against it – at least on a national level. And he says, as president, he would repeal the very health care law that he inspired.
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