Romney Record on Health Care


More Government Bureaucracy Vs.The Connector:

Sen. Clinton's Plan Gives Americans Access To Private Insurance Options Through The Federal Employee Health Benefit Program But Does Nothing To Address Tax Code Inequity. "Americans can keep their existing coverage or access the same menu of quality private insurance options that their Members of Congress receive through a new Health Choices Menu, established without any new bureaucracy as part of the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP). In addition to the broad array of private options that Americans can choose from, they will be offered the choice of a public plan option similar to Medicare." (Hillary For President, "The American Health Choices Plan," Press Release,9/17/07)

The Massachusetts "Connector" Enables Individuals And Businesses To Buy Private Health Insurance With "Pre-Tax Dollars." (Governor Mitt Romney, Op-Ed,"Health Care For Everyone?" TheWall Street Journal , 4/11/06)

· The"'Connector' Does Dramatically Facilitate Individually-Owned Health Insurance Plans…" "Nevertheless, the Massachusetts' Connector' does dramatically facilitate individually-owned health insurance plans by enabling individuals to purchase health insurance with pre-tax dollars and choose from a number of competing private plans." (The Club For Growth, "Mitt Romney's Record On Economic Issues," Press Release,8/21/07)

Government Insurance Vs. Private Insurance:

Sen. Clinton's Plan Expands Government-Run Programs. "Strengthen Medicaid and CHIP: The Plan will fix the holes in the safety net to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive affordable, quality care." (Hillary For President, "The American Health Choices Plan," Press Release,9/17/07)

· "InAddition To The Broad Array Of Private Options That Americans Can Choose From, They Will Be Offered The Choice Of A Public Plan Option Similar To Medicare." (Hillary For President,"The American Health Choices Plan," Press Release, 9/17/07)

The Massachusetts Health Care Plan Makes Private Health Insurance More Affordable. "Every uninsured citizen in Massachusetts will soon have affordable health insurance and the costs of health care will be reduced. And we will need no new taxes, no employer mandate and no government takeover to make this happen." (Governor Mitt Romney, Op-Ed,"Health Care For Everyone?" TheWall Street Journal , 4/11/06)

Increasing Taxes Vs. No New Taxes:

Sen. Clinton's Plan Will Cost An Estimated $110 Billion-Per-Year In Higher Taxes. "The proposal, Clinton's first major effort to achieve universal health coverage since an ill-fated 1994 plan, carries a price tag of about $110 billion per year." (Beth Fouhy,"Clinton Health Plan Outlined," The AssociatedPress , 9/17/07)

· Sen. ClintonWill Roll Back The Bush Tax Cuts To Pay For Her Universal Healthcare Plan. "The plan offers tens of millions of Americans a new tax credit to make premiums affordable-which more than offsets the increased revenues from the Plan's provisions to limit the employer tax exclusion for health care and discontinue portions of the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000."(Hillary For President, "The American Health Choices Plan," PressRelease, 9/17/07)

The Massachusetts Plan Redirects Existing Funds To Help Lower-Income Citizens Obtain Private Insurance – No New Taxes. "The big question we faced, however, was where the money for the subsidy would come from. We didn't want higher taxes; but we did have about $1 billion already in the system through a long-established uninsured-care fund that partially reimburses hospitals for free care. The fund is raised through an annual assessment on insurance providers and hospitals, plus contributions from the state and federal governments." (Governor Mitt Romney, Op-Ed,"Health Care For Everyone?" The Wall Street Journal , 4/11/06)

· The Heritage Foundation: "The Subsidies Require No New Tax Monies." "The subsidies require no new tax monies. Federal and state funds currently subsidizing hospitals for treating the uninsured will simply be redirected into buying coverage for the low-income uninsured." (Edmund F. Haislmaier,"Massachusetts Health Reform: What The Doctor Ordered," The Heritage Foundation,,5/6/06)

Cooperation Vs. Conflict:

Senator Clinton's Plan Is Based On Conflict. SENATOR CLINTON: "Now I know that these proposals will not make me the insurance industry woman of the year. But I don't think I've been in the running for that title since1993." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, Des Moines, IA, 9/17/07)

Governor Romney Brought All Stakeholders Together to Craft The Massachusetts Plan. "Observers of the state's progress since the health care law was passed in April 2006 say they are impressed that the varied constituencies – including health insurers, businesses, advocates, medical providers and taxpayers – largely continuet o support the law and have worked to resolve differences." (Pam Belluck,"Massachusetts Universal Care Plan Faces Hurdles," TheN ew York Times , 7/1/07)

New Coverage Mandates Vs. Vetoing Coverage Mandates:

Sen. Clinton's Plan Mandates That Employers Pay For Health Insurance. "Employers: will help financing the system; large employers will be expected to provide health insurance or contribute to the cost of coverage …"(Hillary For President, "The American Health Choices Plan," PressRelease, 9/17/07)

· Government-Managed Employer Mandates. "The 2007 version is also likely to be a form of government-managed competition that would require all employers to provide health insurance, according to Michael Tanner, a healthcare expert at the free-market oriented Cato Institute." (Brian Tumulty,"Clinton To Unveil Universal Health-Care Plan," Gannett News Service , 9/15/07)

Governor Romney Opposed A Requirement That Employers Furnish Coverage or Pay A Fine. "My Democratic counterparts have added an annual $295 per-person fee charged to employers that do not contribute toward insurance premiums for any of their employees. The fee is unnecessary and probably counterproductive, and so I will take corrective action." (Governor Mitt Romney, Op-Ed, "Health CareFor Everyone?" The Wall Street Journal ,4/11/06)

· Governor Romney: "[M]y plan calls for a personal responsibility principle: Everyone must either become insured or maintain adequate savings to cover their medical expenses." (Governor Mitt Romney, Op-Ed, "Health-Care Reform Gets AFair Shake," Boston Herald , 6/21/05)