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Differences between ‘Romneycare,’ ‘Obamacare’

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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:00 am

Last week a reader questioned how a person could support Mitt Romney and yet criticize Obamacare. Since Obamacare is based on Romneycare, I myself wondered what the difference was, and did a little investigating. While I found many similarities, there were three major differences.

Romneycare is for the state of Massachusetts and involves 300,000 people. That makes it very manageable and easy to monitor. Obamacare is meant for 300 million people. Can you imagine the bureaucracy that has to be created to administer such a plan? It could easily become the largest department in the government. Can you imagine the fraud that can be perpetrated on such a system? Can you imagine the cost of such a boondoggle?

The second difference is after several years, Romneycare has cost the state of Massachusetts 1 percent of its budget. The cost of Obamacare is incalculable, because there are fees, costs and conditions still to take effect in 2012, '13 and '14, and who knows how far into the future?

The third difference is that Romneycare was voted on and passed by the good people of Massachusetts. We the people had no say on Obamacare. It was conceived with no input from the people. It is being jammed down our throats regardless if we wanted it or not.

Mr. Romney has said that if elected he would give each state the option to decide what kind of plan they would like to have. That's called choice!

Jim Sugden

Lodi

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