Architech of Massachusets Healthcare calls Romney a liar

This morning on CNN, M.I.T. professor of economics  Dr. Jonathan Gruber stated Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is  “a liar” with regard to Obama’s national healthcare law and Romney’s Massachusetts healthcare.   In an interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, he openly expressed his discontent with Romney’s attempts to mislead the public and distort the effects of the healthcare law.  How would Gruber know?  He is the core architect of Romney’s healthcare bill.  He used his extensive knowledge of supply side economics to compile a theory into practicum.  While no direct answer has been given to the complex issue of creating affordable healthcare, his approach is self-described as a “spaghetti tactic.”   This requires  “throwing all things possible at the wall and seeing what sticks.”

Gruber states that based on the large reduction of uninsured persons in the state and lowered cost, Obama selected him to design the same on a national level.  Gruber says that Romney is purposely misleading the public.  When asked to discuss the misleading statements he pointed out two particular issues that visibly annoyed him most.

As in other  publications and his interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Gruber discusses his current disdain with Romney’s political amnesia.  He states Romney’s claim that the bill national law raises taxes is a complete fabrication.  He insists it will work in the same fashion as it has in Massachusetts.  Gruber points out that most of the Massachusetts program was paid for by the federal government, not the state.

Romney often attempts to distance himself from what many in Massachusetts have called part of his legacy.  He says the largest distinction in the Massachusetts law and the national healthcare law is that there is no individual mandate required by the state of Massachusetts.  “Not true,” said Gruber.  The state and federal law both have individual mandates.  Gruber suggested and stands by the need for an individual mandate reasoning that it eliminates the “free rider” issue when ill, uninsured individuals turning to emergency rooms for treatment.

Part of the motivation to separate himself is political.  Another would be the not often discussed negative issues that resulted from the law he governed.   As with the Obamacare, the healthcare law in Massachusetts has not been free of controversy.  Boston Medical Center sued the state because the bi-product of the state sponsored universal healthcare law placed the hospital in dire financial straits.  The hospital stated that it was only reimbursed for about .64 per every dollar it spent caring for the poor.  It left them in a deficit of $38 million dollars.  Gruber feels that these issues can be corrected by removing the pay-by-fee service doctors currently charge patients and move toward a more universal fee to stabilize pricing and services.  In order to get to these issues, the state had to first accept the starting process.  For Gruber, the starting process is universal healthcare.  He touts how well it has worked in the stated, even with a few outliers.  One thing he is clear about is Mitt Romney’s full understanding of the law and how it works in Massachusetts.  He is also poignantly aware that Romney is, in his opinion, purposely not being forthright about his role, his design and his approval of all parts of the law, how it works and why it would be beneficial nationally.

Rick Santorum Goes After Romneycare.

Bookmark and ShareFormer Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a few jabs at former Massachusetts Governor and potential 2012 competitor Mitt Romney and the health care program he implemented in Massachusetts.

“I have a lot of concerns about him in this election cycle because of the pre-eminence of health care and the issue of Romneycare,” Santorum told the Boston Herald at a fund-raiser for a Roman Catholic group in Newton, MA yesterday. “I think the issues unfortunately don’t line up particularly well for Gov. Romney at this time, particularly with health care being front and center on the stage.” He also called Massachusetts’ health-care reform “a failure.”

“People have tried to differentiate it from Obamacare in the sense that the states have the right to do what Massachusetts did, and I don’t dispute that Massachusetts and Gov. Romney had the right to do it, but the question is, was it the right thing to do?” Santorum said. Romney has insisted that health-care repeal is a state-by-state right. He has promised to repeal Obamacare because it’s a federal mandate forced on the country’s 50 states.

Santorum, who endorsed Romney in 2008, said he’s changed his mind because, “It’s a different field. It’s a different set of issues.” Santorum has said that he will make a decision on a 2012 run within the next couple of months and has logged more trips to NH this year than any other potential candidate. A sign to most observers that he is intending on declaring himself a candidate.

Santorum is not the first to call into question the Massachusetts law implemented by Romney as Governor. Other Republicans have attacked Romney and the health-care reform legislation he created as the 2012 presidential race heats up. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Romney should apologize for the law. Santorum stopped short of demanding an apology, but said, “We need someone who’s a strong, practical conservative who believes not in government mandates, not in government control of the health care system but in a patient-centered approach to health care.”

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