Romney Slams Clinton on Health Care

By Lindsey Ellerson

Sep 17, 2007 11:29am

ABC News’ Matt Stuart reports: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney held a last minute press conference Monday, criticizing Sen. Hillary Clinton’s universal health plan before it had even officially been unveiled.

Basing his comments on early reports, Romney immediately related Clinton’s current plan to the her attempts at securing universal health care as first lady saying, "2.0 is not likely to have any more success than 1.0."

Romney took aim at Clinton’s proposal saying she "doesn’t believe in the American people," and that the difference between their plans was "night and day."

He claimed that Clinton’s plan expands government programs to help cover the uninsured and would roll back President Bush’s tax cuts. "Her plan relies on…government insurance rather than private," he said, arguing that his plan would rely on the private market to guide healthcare.

Clinton’s plan builds on the system of private insurance.  But for those who are not covered by employers, the former first lady would offer expanded versions of two existing government programs: Medicare and the health insurance plan currently offered to federal employees.  Consumers who don’t have private insurance could choose between either government-run program.

Romney regularly calls for the Bush tax cuts to remain in place.  "Mine does not raise taxes," Romney said, adding that he was able to pass universal health care in Massachusetts without raising taxes.

Romney’s criticism of Clinton and her attempt at health care reform is a regular part of his stump speech.  At a campaign stop in Iowa in August, Romney said he couldn’t wait to debate Clinton on health care if he wins the nomination, bragging his Massachusetts plan actually passed.

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