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What do you say to conservatives who are critical of your health care plan

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What do you say to conservatives who are critical of your health care plan?

 

Governor Romney, you worked with the Democrats in the state legislature in your home state, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You worked with Ted Kennedy to come up with a program that provides some — that mandates, in effect, the individual health insurance coverage. Some conservatives say this is simply big government, more liberal involvement in people’s lives.

 

What do you say to those conservatives who are critical of the way you handled this issue in Massachusetts?

 

MR. ROMNEY: Well, I want to talk to the people, not just to those conservatives who are critical, and the people of this country recognize that they got some real concerns in health care. And I learned after I was governor a short of period of time, I talked to people, and they say, “If I lose my job, I’m worried I’ll lose my insurance, and my insurance premiums are getting higher and higher and higher.”

 

And I talked to small business people, and they said, “I can’t afford the policies anymore.”

 

And we said: You know what? We got to find a way to get everybody insured. And the last thing we want is to have the government take over health care, because anything they take over gets worse, not better. We’re not going to turn to Washington, because Washington makes a mess. Washington’s all talk.

 

We said: We need to find a way to get everybody in our state insured with private insurance. The half a million who didn’t have insurance, all the people worried that if they lost their job, they’d lose insurance — we said we got to find a way to get them insured without raising taxes, without a government takeover, and that’s what we did.

 

MR. BLITZER: (Off mike.) Thank you.

 

MR. ROMNEY: It relies on personal responsibility.

 

This is a big issue for this country. Every Democrat up there’s talking about a form of socialized medicine, government takeover, massive tax increase. We have to stand up and not just talk about it.

 

MR. BLITZER: Thank you. . MR. ROMNEY: I’m the guy who actually tackled this issue. We get all of our citizens insured. We get people that were uninsured with private health insurance. We have to stand up and say the market works. Personal responsibility works.

 

MR. BLITZER: Thank you, Governor.

 

MR. ROMNEY: We’re going to have insurance for all of our citizens they can afford, that’s theirs, that’s portable.

 

MR. BLITZER: Thank you.

 

MR. ROMNEY: They never have to worry about losing it.

 

MR. BLITZER: Thank you.

 

MR. ROMNEY: That’s the answer.

 

MR. BLITZER: Thank you, Governor. (Applause.)

 

Romney: Conservative Principles In Health Care

 

Debate Questions for Governor Mitt Romney from the 3rd Debate:

  1. Was it a mistake for us to invade Iraq?
  2. Would you use a tactical nuclear weapons to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb?
  3. How do you respond to Mccain's accusation that you are pandering on immigration?
  4. What would you do with the 12 million illegal immigrants who are in this country?
  5. Why should people who oppose abortion believe you are pro-life?
  6. What would you like to say to the voters about your faith?
  7. Is there too much of an alliance between big oil companies and Republicans?
  8. Do you believe that gays should be able to serve openly in the military?
  9. What do you say to conservatives who are critical of your health care plan?
  10. Why are you airing ads in spanish if you think English should be the official language?
  11. What would you do to include moderate Republicans and independents?

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