DNC - Fact Checking Mitt Romney's Latest Health Care Re-Invention

Mitt Romney’s latest politically motivated effort to “repeal and erase” his record on health care began with an Op-Ed in USA Today this afternoon which will be followed by a speech in Michigan tomorrow.  Below is a fact check on Romney’s Op-Ed, but more troubling for Romney today was the half a dozen stories noting his support for a federal individual mandate, something he now says he opposes, as far back as 1994: Romney backed a *federal* individual health care mandate in 1994, http://bluemassgroup.com/2011/05/romney-backed-a-federal-individual-health-care-mandate-in-1994/ 

MITT ROMNEY RHETORIC: “But we have taken a turn for the worse with ObamaCare, with its high taxes and vastly expanded federal control over our lives.” [Mitt Romney op-ed, USA Today, 5/11/11]

 

REALITY: THE MEDICARE TAX IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WOULD ONLY AFFECT FAMILIES MAKING MORE THAN $250,000 AND FALL ALMOST ENTIRELY ON THE TOP .1% OF INCOME EARNERS

 

The Affordable Care Act’s Medicare Tax Would “Fall Almost Entirely On The Top 1 Percent” And Would Only Boost The Medicare Tax On Households With Incomes Over $200,000 For Singles And $250,000 For Single Filers. [Tax Policy Center, 3/11/10]

 

Tax Policy Center: The Affordable Care Act’s Medicare Tax Would Hit The Top .1% Of Income Earners With A Tax Increase And Nearly Everyone Else Would Get No Tax Hike At All. [Tax Policy Center, 3/11/10]

 

REALITY: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT GIVES CONSUMERS MORE CHOICE – IT SETS UP A MARKETPLACE WHERE THE UNINSURED CAN SHOP FOR INSURANCE AT COMPETITIVE RATES

 

Christian Science Monitor: “The Health Care Reform Bill Calls For Each State To Set Up An 'Exchange,' Or Marketplace, Where People Not Covered Through Their Employers Would Shop For Health Insurance At Competitive Rates.” [Christian Science Monitor, 3/20/10]

 

MITT ROMNEY RHETORIC: “Unfortunately, with the passage of ObamaCare last year, the president and the Congress took a wrong turn. ObamaCare will lead to more spending, greater federal involvement in health care and negative effects on U.S. economic activity.[Mitt Romney op-ed, USA Today, 5/11/11]

 

REALITY: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT AND LOWER COSTS

 

CBO: The Affordable Care Act Will Decrease The Deficit By $230 Billion Over The Next Ten Years. [CBO blog, 1/6/11]

 

CBO: The Affordable Care Act Will Decrease The Deficit By Over $1 Trillion In The Next Twenty Years. [Marc Ambinder, The Atlantic 3/18/10]

 

Ezra Klein: The Center For Medicare And Medicaid Services Report Found That Spending Would Go Up In 2014 Because We’re Covering 30 Million New People But Will Go Down After That Because We’re Controlling Costs In The System. [Ezra Klein, Washington Post, 9/10/10]

 

REALITY: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL NOT COST JOBS

 

CBO Director Elmendorf Did Not Say The Affordable Care Act Would “Destroy” Or “Kill” Jobs And GOP Arguments That It Would Are “Political Gamesmanship That Gives Politics A Bad Name.” [Washington Post, 2/11/11]

 

Jonathan Chait: The CBO Found That Fewer People Will Choose To Work Because Of The Affordable Care Act, Not That It Will Destroy Jobs. [TNR, 2/11/11]

 

MITT ROMNEY RHETORIC: “My plan is to harness the power of markets to drive positive change in health insurance and health care. And we can do so with state flexibility (unlike ObamaCare's top-down federal approach), no new taxes (as opposed to hundreds of billions of dollars of new taxes under ObamaCare), and better consumer choice (as opposed to bureaucratic, government choice under ObamaCare). [Mitt Romney op-ed, USA Today, 5/11/11]

 

REALITY: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INCLUDES “HEALTH CHOICE COMPACTS,” WHICH ALLOWS THE SELLING OF HEALTH INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES

 

Kaiser Health News: “When They Were Writing The New Health Law, Democrats Said They Heard The GOP And They Included A Way To Sell Insurance Across State Boundaries. They Put In Language Allowing States To Establish ‘Health Care Choice Compacts.’” [Kaiser Health News, 1/25/11]

 

REALITY: THE NEW TAXES IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WOULD ONLY AFFECT FAMILIES MAKING MORE THAN $250,000 AND FALL ALMOST ENTIRELY ON THE TOP .1% OF INCOME EARNERS

 

The Affordable Care Act’s Medicare Tax Would “Fall Almost Entirely On The Top 1 Percent” And Would Only Boost The Medicare Tax On Households With Incomes Over $200,000 For Singles And $250,000 For Single Filers. [Tax Policy Center, 3/11/10]

 

Tax Policy Center: The Affordable Care Act’s Medicare Tax Would Hit The Top .1% Of Income Earners With A Tax Increase And Nearly Everyone Else Would Get No Tax Hike At All. [Tax Policy Center, 3/11/10]

 

REALITY: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT GIVES CONSUMERS MORE CHOICE – IT SETS UP A MARKETPLACE WHERE THE UNINSURED CAN SHOP FOR INSURANCE AT COMPETITIVE RATES

 

Christian Science Monitor: “The Health Care Reform Bill Calls For Each State To Set Up An 'Exchange,' Or Marketplace, Where People Not Covered Through Their Employers Would Shop For Health Insurance At Competitive Rates.” [Christian Science Monitor, 3/20/10]

 

MITT ROMNEY RHETORIC: “We can empower states to expand health care access to low-income Americans by block-granting funds for Medicaid and the uninsured. My reforms also offer the states resources to help the chronically ill — both to improve their access to care and to improve the functioning of insurance markets for others. [Mitt Romney op-ed, USA Today, 5/11/11]

REALITY: CONVERTING MEDICAID TO BLOCK GRANTS WOULD RESULTS IN TENS OF MILLIONS MORE PEOPLE UNINSURED

Kasier Family Foundation Report: Converting Medicaid Into Block Grants Would “Trigger Major Reduction In Medicaid Program Spending That Could Result In Significant Enrollment Decreases.” [Kaiser Family Foundation, 5/10/11]

 

Kasier Family Foundation Report: Converting Medicaid Into Block Grants, Like The House Republican Plan Proposes, Would Lower The Amount Of People Covered By Medicaid By Between 31 Million And 44 Million By 2021. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 5/10/11]

 

MITT ROMNEY RHETORIC: “Reform medical liability. We should cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice litigation. The federal government would also provide innovation grants to states for reforms, such as alternative dispute resolution or health care courts.[Mitt Romney op-ed, USA Today, 5/11/11]

 

REALITY: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INCLUDES FUNDING FOR STATES TO IMPLEMENT TORT REFORM, JUST LIKE ROMNEY SUGGESTS

 

Wall Street Journal: The Affordable Care Act Included $50 Million For Grants To State For “Demonstation Projects” To Test Medical Tort Reform. [Wall Street Journal, 3/23/10]