Nine Basic Differences Between RomneyCare and ObamaCare by Matt Moody, Ph.D.


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:   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.)

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