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During the CNN Debate on January 26th, on at least five occasions, Mitt Romney spun five mighty yarns to hide his record as a Massachusetts Moderate.
Governor Romney said, “I’ve never voted for a Democrat when there was a Republican on the ballot… I have always voted for a Republican any time there was a Republican on the ballot.”
Quite the tall tale! You see, in March 1992, during the Massachusetts primary, he had the opportunity to vote for George HW Bush or Pat Buchanan in the Republican primary, but chose instead to vote for Democrat Paul Tsongas in the Democratic primary.
Governor Romney said, in response to the revelation that he profited off of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, “my investments for the last 10 years have been in a blind trust, managed by a trustee.”
But ye ‘ol National Journal reports, at least one fund in which Governor Romney made between 15K and 50K in interest from investments, was not a blind trust and included investments in Fannie and Freddie.
“Haven’t Seen the Ad (which I approved)”
When asked about an ad being run by the his campaign which misquotes Speaker Gingrich, Governor Romney claimed, “I haven’t seen the ad, so I’m sorry. I don’t get to see all the TV ads.”
Yet in the ad, Governor Romney says (in Spanish) that he approves the message. So was which was the tall tale? Approving the message or not seeing the ad?
“Half of Uninsured Got Insurance On Own”
Governor Romney said of those who got healthcare coverage after Romneycare was passed who did not have coverage before, “Half of those people got insurance on their own. Others got help in buying the insurance.”
The ledgers tell ad different tale. In fact, 98% of the additional people insured after Romneycare was passed have it paid for or subsidized by the federal government or Massachusetts government. Of the 412,000 additional people who had health insurance in 2010 who did not have it in June 2006 (pre-reform), only 7K of the 412K (1.7%) had unsubsidized health insurance. The rest were covered through Medicaid, Commonwealth Care, or a program of subsidized care for the unemployed.
“Romneycare Only Affects Uninsured”
Speaking about the impact of Romneycare, Governor Romney said “92 percent of the people in my state had insurance before our plan went in place. And nothing changes for them.”
If only this were true! Romneycare has increased the price of healthcare premiums for every citizen of Massachusetts. Premiums have increased by 55 percent since Mitt Romney became Governor, a rate 13 points higher than the national average and the third highest growth rate among the states. So every Massachusetts resident has been affected by this destructive law. In addition, the plan gives incentives to employers to drop their healthcare coverage, so many of those with healthcare coverage from their employers are now at greater risk of losing it.
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