Mitt Romney stepped up his attack on President Obama’s health reform program on Sunday, accusing the president of “fundamental dishonesty” that has “undermined the foundation of his second term.”
The harsh comments from Obama’s 2012 rival follow repeated attempts by the Obama administration to liken the current measure, known as Obamacare, to the health reform law that Romney championed as Massachusetts governor.
“The president failed to learn the lesson that came from the experience of Massachusetts,” Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” His state’s efforts showed the merits of avoiding a “one-size-fits-all plan,” Romney said. “States should be able to craft their own plans.”
Actually, states are able to craft their own plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act starting in 2017. As I recently blogged, Section 1332 titled Waiver for State Innovation allows states to petition the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to opt out of major ACA provisions including the individual and employer mandates and the requirement to have a health benefit exchange marketplace. While not intended by the Obama administration, the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2012 ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius also gave states the option to expand Medicaid eligibility under the law.
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