Mitt Romney (R)
Released health care plan? Yes, on Aug. 24, 2007, Romney shared his vision with the Florida Medical Association. His PowerPoint presentation of the plan is available on his Web site.
Romney ties health plan to states (The Associated Press via The Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 25, 2007):
Speaking to the Florida Medical Association on Aug. 24, 2007, Romney said the nation's health-care system should be overhauled through plans tailored to individual states, not through a federal government takeover.
Instead of using federal money to reimburse hospitals for treating people without insurance, that money should be used to help low-income people buy insurance at a lower cost, Romney said.
A web cast and podcast of Romney's comments are available.
On abortion: In an interview on NPR's All Things Considered on December 3, 2007, Romney said he would "welcome an America where there was such consensus around abortion that we ended the practice altogether" but that overturning Roe v. Wade would be the first step. Read and listen to Romney's comments here.
On stem cell research: "A Stem-Cell Solution" by Mitt Romney. National Review Online, June 15, 2007
"Romney Faces Another ‘Flip-Flop' Question: Has He Changed on Stem Cells?" The New York Times June 14, 2007
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In a Dec. 6, 2007, appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, Romney discussed his positions on Roe vs. Wade, stem cell research and access to health care.
Romney talks about abortion and his health care plan to NPR's Robert Siegel on December 3, 2007. He says he is happy with the system he helped create in Massachusetts and would like to see it adopted in other states.
"Rivals tag Romney on healthcare pitch," The Boston Globe, November 16, 2007
If Massachusetts residents do not have health insurance by December 31 of this year, they will face tax penalties as a result of the health insurance mandate put into place by Governor Mitt Romney in 2006. Republican opponents in the 2008 presidential race criticize Romney's plan, saying it would not be a good idea for the whole country.
The Presidential Candidates' Health Care Plans: A First Look, September 26, 2007
Karen Davis and Sara Collins, president and vice president of the Commonwealth Fund, review the health plans of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. They point out the similarities in three democratic plans, explaining that all three would expand coverage by pooling risk in large groups, generating efficiencies through employer-based coverage, and building on the success of public programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP.
They find some similarities in the Republicans' plans as well: both Romney and Giuliani would rely on tax incentives to induce consumers to purchase individual insurance coverage--now the weakest part of the insurance market. They would eliminate much state regulation of private insurance, and try to expand coverage without committing to new federal budget outlays.
Video: Romney outlines health care plan at the Florida Medical Associations' 2007 Annual Meeting (August 24, 2007)
At fair, five GOP candidates address health care concerns, Des Moines Register
On Aug. 10, 2007, five Republican candidates addressed health care concerns during a forum at the Iowa state fair:
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, offering a more general campaign speech, touted his ability to get things done. He cited the cooperation he was able to get from Democrats, Republicans and the insurance industry in his home state in forging a plan requiring Massachusetts residents to have health insurance.
"It doesn't make sense to have 45 million people in a country like ours without health care," Romney said.
In a nationally televised Aug. 5 debate among GOP candidates, "The sharpest exchange was sparked by the first question of the morning, when [moderator George] Stephanopoulos played for viewers a recording of an automated phone call by Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.) attacking Romney's antiabortion credentials. The call said, in part, that Romney's wife had contributed to Planned Parenthood.
Asked whether he stands by the call, Brownback said, "I certainly do. There's one word that describes [the call] and it's 'truthful.' " A clearly agitated Romney said that "virtually nothing in that ad is true" and added, "The single word I'd use would be 'desperate' or perhaps 'negative.' "
Later, Romney attempted to explain his recent conversion from supporting abortion rights to being antiabortion as sincere, and angrily said that "I get tired of people that are holier than thou because they've been pro-life longer than I have."
A viewer-generated question about the biggest mistake the candidates had made in their lives led Romney to cite his statements as a candidate for governor of Massachusetts that he supported abortion rights while he was actually "deeply opposed."
"That was just wrong," Romney said.
"Romney packs the room in Exeter" Foster's Daily Democrat July 23, 2007.
Former governor speaks about health care and other issues in Exter, Mass.
Track Romney's campaign funding at The Center for Responsive Politics' Race for the White House Web site.