Romney at '08 ABC Debate: 'I Like Mandates'

Candidate said states should decide whether to make health insurance compulsory.
3:52 | 03/05/12

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Transcript for Romney at '08 ABC Debate: 'I Like Mandates'
If the consumer had no concept of what the product was -- And -- no shopping for when you -- get an MRI here for 41 prize are over here perhaps the price you only know that it took to make the choice. I wouldn't work it also you can do that you can open up -- market so person can buy other insurance from all over the country we've got various state regulations now that. As a practical matter prohibit that make markets work and -- -- but but but we're never lets be honest with people were probably never. If you -- -- more people who want insurer shall be able to afford it -- probably never going to achieve. Total coverage a good number of the people who are uninsured can afford choose not to do so. Good number of people. Are are -- -- governor system. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Here's my view if somebody if somebody can afford insurance and decides not to buy it. And then they get sick got to pay their own way as opposed expect government to pay their way. And that's that's an American principle that's a principle of personal responsibility so I said this if you can afford to buy insurance then buy it. You don't have to if you don't wanna buy it but then you gotta put enough money aside that you can pay payroll away. Because you're not gonna do is say as we saw more more people that you impose collective funds face tax penalties -- -- that we -- don't buy it if people can afford to buy a either by the insurance or pay your own way don't be fried free riders and pass on the cost to your health care everybody else. There are right and a going to make you buy insurance all the got they haven't -- I mean the state dirtier study plan which -- course different -- -- national plan. Would do require people who backed -- -- the state require them to do what was the penalty if they refuse that when -- refused to pay it. Let's let's go back for what's what's your view is somebody if sometimes the -- enough personnel okay. Well I'll answer your question you answer mind is somebody is making let's say 100000 dollars year. And doesn't have health insurance and they show up at the hospital and they need at 8000 dollar the repair of some kind for some that's gone wrong. And they said look I'm not insured -- -- got to pay you think they should -- and do -- -- your plan cut people off at a 100000 dollars was -- the level. Now actual -- lot of people 1000 dollars in common over it actually applies to people at three times federal poverty they pay for their own policy. At less than three times federal problem we help them -- policy so everybody is insured. And everybody is able to buy a policy that's affordable for them. And the question is this again if someone can afford a policy. And they choose not to buy it. Should they be responsible for paying for their own care or should -- be able to go to the hospital and say you know what I'm not insured. You ought to pay for we what we found was one quarter of the uninsured in my state we're making 75000. Dollars a year or more. And my view is they should either buy insurance. Or they should pay their own way with the health savings account or some other cities -- week. We we -- -- -- intelligently and in the weeds where in the weeds now on this but I -- -- that -- released under the -- of one point. Yes you know and your national plan would you mandate people to get insurance. -- have I think my plan is a good plan that should be adopted by the states I wouldn't tell her every state would you -- I would not mandate at the federal level that every state do what we do. But what I would say at the federal level is we'll keep giving you these special payments we make. If you adopt plans they get everybody insured I wanna get everybody insured in -- Governor Schwarzenegger state. He's got a different plan to get people -- I wouldn't tell me has to do it my way but I'd say each state needs to get busy. On the job of getting all our citizens ensured that does not cost more money.

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