A link to Dr. Moody’s original articles appears below. It is very detailed and provides indepth arguments. We urge everyone to read it, and this is just a brief synopsis. Although the Massachusetts Healthcare Law is nicknamed “RomneyCare,” to be fair to Mitt Romney, the law was not shaped entirely according to his recommendations. For example, Governor Romney vetoed eight portions of RomneyCare to include an Employer Mandate, which were eventually all overridden by the a Democrat-dominant State Legislature. Also, from the day it was established in 2006, what has become of mandatory healthcare in Massachusetts is a function of what the present Governor and Legislature have made of it.
Nine Differences Between ObamaCare and RomneyCare
- 1) The bill called “ObamaCare” is 2070 pages long, and RomneyCare was only 70 pages in 2006. So there are 2,000 more pages of differences between ObamaCare and RomneyCare.
- 2) RomneyCare was uniquely designed for Massachusetts, but ObamaCare is a one-size-fits-all mandate imposed upon all states, regardless of each state’s needs and economic conditions.
- 3) ObamaCare expands the size and power of federal government beyond the “few and defined” powers delegated by the Constitution, thus diminishing State powers; in comparison, RomneyCare invokes “numerous and indefinite” powers to mandate that citizens be insured, thus preventing some from “gaming the system” — where free-riders were formerly getting government to pay for medical bills when they could afford to buy insurance in the first place.
- 4) One Trillion dollars is needed to fund ObamaCare — 500 Billion in higher taxes and 500 Billion borrowed from Medicare. In contrast, taxes were not increased to fund RomneyCare, nor were funds borrowed from Medicare.
- 5) RomneyCare was enacted only after Mitt Romney balanced the state budget; whereas, ObamaCare was enacted during a time when Barack Obama and a Democrat-dominant Congress didn’t even try to balance a budget and didn’t even propose a budget, but engaged in massive federal spending, unprecedented in the history of the United States.
- 6) RomneyCare is constitutional by virtue of the “numerous and indefinite” powers reserved to the States via the 10th Amendment to the Constitution; ObamaCare is unconstitutional because it overreaches the limited federal powers enumerated in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution.
- 7) In a June 2011 GOP Presidential Debate sponsored by CNN, Mitt Romney said that “if people don’t like it in our state, they can change it.” In contrast, Barack Obama has consistently resisted the repeal of his healthcare bill, even when the majority of Americans want to repeal ObamaCare.
- 8) Mitt Romney passed Massachusetts Healthcare with bipartisan input and support; in comparison, Barack Obama imposed ObamaCare upon Fifty States using a partisan approach that largely excluded input from Republican Senators and Congressmen — andcontinues to exclude input from “We the People.”
- 9) While the majority of Americans don’t want Obama-Care, the majority of citizens in Massachusetts support RomneyCare. According to a 2011 survey by Harvard School of Public Health and The Boston Globe, 63% of Massachusetts residents support the 2006 health law, while 21% say they oppose it.
The orignal article is at: http://www.calldrmatt.com/Differences_Between_RomneyCare_and_ObamaCare.htm It should also be remembered that:
- Obamacare was unilateral. Romneycare was bipartisan.
- Obamacare = government insurance. Romneycare = private insurance.
- Obamacare = Costs $2 trillion over 10 years. Romneycare = Funded within the existing MA budget.
- Obamacare requires all businesses to issue an IRS Form 1099 whenever goods or services in excess of $600 are purchased. Romneycare had no such provision.
- Obamacare cut Medicare Advantage by $150 billion, forcing dozens of Medicare Advantage coverage providers to cut back vision, dental and prescription benefits. Romneycare did not.
- Obamacare required a 30% payment cut for Medicare reimbursements to doctors. Romneycare did not.
- Obamacare cut Medicare spending by $400 billion. Romneycare did not.
- Obamacare tax penalty for employers = $2000 per employee. Romneycare tax penalty for employers = $249 per employee. (a penalty which Gov. Romney opposed and vetoed, but his veto was overridden.)
Today we learned economic growth was 2% and 1.5% during the first and second quarters of this year. It made us think of 1992 when the de-facto slogan for Bill Clinton’s campaign was about the economy. Despite a historic record approval rating of 90% for President George H.W. Bush after the 1991 Gulf War victory, within 18 months, it would drop by 60 percentage points.
The economy was clearly improving in 1992 but Americans still remembered the 1990/1991 recession which was mild compared to Obama’s first year. 64% of Americans disapproved of Bush’s job performance in August 1992.
Compared to Obama’s 1.75% for the first six months of 2012, the real GDP for all of 1992 grew 3.4%. This exceeded the average annual growth rate durng Clinton’s first term.
Bush’s average annual increase in jobs did not come close to matching Reagan’s level, but it was far better than Obama.
Because of the economy, Bush was defeated for re-election and received only 38% of the vote.
It was just announced the Gross Domestic Product grew at an annual rate of 1.5% in the second quarter (April to June). This is down from 2.0% in the first quarter and 4.1% late last year.
The 1.5% growth was overwhelmed by monthly inflation of 2.3% (April) 1.7% (May) and 1.66% (June). The U.S. economy has never been so sluggish this long into a recovery. The Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, when the Obama administration was promising 5.3% unemployment by this time.
The good news is that no president has ever been re-elected with such dismal growth.
There is a lot of competition for that title, but a top contender would have to be this comment during the third 2008 debate with John McCain (see below link).
It was moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS who said next year there would be and “astounding $455 billion deficit,” and Obama’s proposals would add another $200 billion to the deficit. The then Senator responded “What I have done throughout this campaign is to promise a net spendng cut.”
He described himself as a “strong proponent of pay as you go (PAY-GO). Every dollar that I have proposed spending, I have proposed an additional cut. So that it matches. . . We need to eliminate a whole host of programs that don’t work. I want to go through the federal budget line by line.”
Unfortunately, all of this was a complete lie. Obama never considered a net spending cut and of course it was not included in his proposed budgets. PAY-GO was passed by the Democratic Congress in early 2007, but they never once complied with it. The real farce was the news media which portrayed liberal Democrats as deficit hawks in 2006 and 2008.
Some of the other contending statements for biggest lie would be:
- I’ve done more for Israel’s security than any President ever.
- The GOP is responsible for Obama jobs bill not passing.
- Then you’ve got their (GOP) position which is dirtier air, dirtier water and less people with health insurance.
- The rich don’t pay their fair share.
- The health care bill will not increase the deficit by one dime.
- If you like the health care plan you have, you can keep it.
- We have run out of places in the US to drill for oil.
- We will cut deficit in half by end of the first term.
- Health care negotiations will be covered on C-Span.
- The unemployment rate will be 5.3% with the stimulus.
- “I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage”.
- Guantanamo Bay will be closed within a year.
- Didn’t know Jeremiah Wright was a radical.
- We will have the most transparent administration in history.
- I have visited all 57 states.
Another F-35 Lightning II flew for the first time today and this week the UK received its first F-35. The UK is the first foreign customer but more than 25 countries have expressed interest in buying the planes.
It is fastest, smartest and most advanced plane to ever fly. Its infrared tracking is so precise, it picks up its own shadow … from 45,000 feet in the air.
The United States plans to buy a total of 2,443 aircraft and they will provide the bulk of the tactical airpower for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy over the coming decades. The fighter jet was developed and produced at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth plant.
Over 70 million people have been infected with HIV-AIDS, but only one has been cured. Thanks in large part to the generosity of the United States, over 8 million people world wide are now on life saving antiretroviral therapy.
1.7 million people died of an AIDS related illness last year. The International AIDS Society Conference is in Washington this week for the first time in 22 years, and Laura Bush will be speaking to the gathering.
AIDS prevention is a major focus for rockstar Elton John. He says the president who did the most for AIDS victims was George W. Bush: “He was an amazingly informed about AIDS. I had so much respect for him, especially when the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was announced when he gave $15 billion to AIDS.
“He knew what he was talking about. One of the old adages in life is never judge someone until you meet them. I didn’t like his policies but I have to say when I met him, I found him well informed and determined to do something about the AIDS situation so I changed my opinion of him. I learned a lesson.”
The Bush initiative was largest amount of funding by any nation to fight a single disease. The major issue facing prevention efforts today is not a lack of technology or funding, but the social stigma associated with HIV, which deters individuals from accessing both education and treatment programs.
Bush was well known for his Freedom Agenda and says “One aspect of freedom is for people to be free from disease.” He has made three trips to Africa since leaving office.
Why weren’t even more jobs created during the Bush years? Because we were at full employment for 5.5 years. John Merline of Investor’s Business Daily says “A key attack line in President Obama’s campaign stump speech these days is to claim that the country has tried Mitt Romney’s economic policies already, and they were a dismal failure. ‘The truth is,’ Obama says, ‘we tried (that) for almost a decade, and it didn’t work.’ . . .
“The month after Bush signed that 2003 law, jobs and the economy finally started growing again. From June 2003 to December 2007, the economy added 8.1 million jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The unemployment rate fell to 5% from 6.3%. Real GDP growth averaged close to 3% in the four-plus years after that, and the budget deficit fell steadily from 2004 to 2007.
“What’s more, the rich ended up paying a larger chunk of the federal income tax burden after Bush’s tax cuts went into effect. . . Obama is correct that the country has tried a combination of deregulation and tax cuts before. That took place under President Reagan.
“Reagan aggressively deregulated entire industries, while putting the brakes on new federal rules. As a result, regulatory compliance costs fell 8% during his time in office, and staffing dropped almost 7%. At the same time, Reagan’s tax cuts knocked taxes as a share of GDP down by 6%.
“The result was an almost eight-year economic boom in which real quarterly GDP growth averaged 4.3%. That’s nearly double the average growth rate Obama’s economic policies produced during the 3-year-old recovery.”