In last night’s Republican Presidential debate at Dartmouth College, a Romney advisor, Glenn Hubbard, was quoted saying something like ObamaCare is no different from ObamaCare (see the exact quote below). This morning there is a report that three of Romney’s top health care advisors met at the White House with Obama advisors on “a dozen” occasions, to help shape ObamaCare. One of those meetings was in the Oval Office with Barack Obama presiding. Others are saying that Romney sat-in on one of those meetings.
“The White House wanted to lean a lot on what we’d done in Massachusetts,” said Jon Gruber, an MIT economist who advised the Romney administration on health care and who attended five meetings at the Obama White House in 2009, including the meeting with the president. “They really wanted to know how we can take that same approach we used in Massachusetts and turn that into a national model.” Source: MSNBC
- Romneycare “imposed a very large burden on small businesses and their employees.”
- “Because the Plan’s [Romneycare] main components are the same as those of the new health reform law [Obamacare], the effects of the Plan provide a window onto the country’s future.”
- “Policy makers should be concerned about the consequences of health reform for the cost of private insurance.”
“Mr. Romney can edit his book or run from the issue, but his own advisors say Obamacare and Romneycare are identical, costly job killers,” Miner continued. “Romneycare will prove to be the same political cement shoes that Obamacare is for Barak Obama’s reelection effort.”
According to the study, in the years since the implementation of Romneycare:
- Premiums for single coverage at private sector employers in Massachusetts rose by 5.9% more than national rates.
- Premiums for family policies in Massachusetts rose by 1.5% more than national rates, but in the Boston MSA, those premiums rose by 8.1% more than premiums in the 19 largest other MSAs in the country.
- Family premiums for small employers in Massachusetts rose by 14.4% more than national rates.
 “The Economic Effects of Massachusetts Health Care Reform,” Beacon Hill Institute, 9/15/11
Glenn Hubbard is the Dean of the Columbia Business School and the former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush. He is currently said to be a “top economic adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He is believed to be on Romney’s short list of possible top economic advisers in the event of a Romney presidency. Maybe not so much today.
One meeting, NBC News reports, “was in the Oval Office and presided over by Barack Obama.” Jon Gruber, one of the advisers who attended the Obama meeting, said that the White House “really wanted to know how we can take that same approach we used in Massachusetts and turn that into a national model.” Especially in light of Perry’s recent “Romney Remedy” ad, Romney is distancing himself from Gruber like an embarrassing ex, as aides have tried to suggest Gruber wasn’t a really an adviser to Romney. However, as Isikoff writes, Gruber was “personally recognized by Romney when the governor signed the health-care bill into law” as well as “appointed by Romney as a board member to the Connector Authority.” Source: YahooNews.
Moonbattery reminds that “we have been down this path before” when we were asked to vote for John McLame. See other thoughts on Romney’s advisers. If Romney becomes our candidate, I’m not too concerned that he will renig on his very public and frequent promise to end ObamaCare (although I don’t like his constant talk of an Executive Order), but I do know that the Obama campaign will use the Massachusetts health care law against Romney-the-candidate. There must be something to replace ObamaCare after repeal. Romney would lead that charge, and he is too statist, and too much a part of the establishment to trust him. Oh, by the way, Romney (and Perry) talked about how they would reach across the aisle last night. Fine idea if we had some reasonable Democrats to reach-out to, but we do not.