Santorum & Dems Continue Claim that Romney Supported National HC Mandate, FactCheckers: Not So

This issue has been hashed over time and again. Yet Rick Santorum and the Democrats continue to state that Romney supported a health care mandate for the whole country. Rick Santorum has even gone so far as to say that “there is no difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney,” and that “if the choice was between Mitt Romney or President Obama, we might as well stay with President Obama.”

These claims about Romney’s stance on health care by Rick Santorum and the Democrats are demonstrably false. Many independent and non-partisan groups called “fact-checkers” have recently researched the truthfulness of these claims and found that Rick Santorum and the Democrats are knowingly repeating falsehoods.

Lets first talk about what the FactCheckers at the Washington Post have written recently about Santorum’s claim that “Romney supported a health care mandate for the whole country.”

The Washington Post’s main fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, concludes

In other words, it is ridiculous to claim that Romney ever supported a national mandate when he ran for president in 2008.

Mr. Kessler gave the statement “four pinocchios” which the worst rating a statement can get, a true “whopper” of a lie.

Josh Hicks of the Washington Post comes to the same conclusion when analyzing Rick Santorum’s frequent statements that Romney “supported a mandate for the whole country” saying:

There does not appear to be a single example of Romney saying “we need to force the nation to buy insurance” or anything along that line. In fact, he has said as far back as 2007 that states should decide for themselves what types of health-care policies to implement.

In addition, a 2007 New York Times article explaining Romney’s health-care plan used the headline “Romney to Pitch a State-by-State Health Insurance Plan,” noting that his approach “departs significantly from the universal health care measure that he helped forge as governor of Massachusetts.” And his campaign literature from 2008 made clear that he wanted a “federalist” approach to universal health care.

Rick Santorum needs to recognize the truth that is so obviously before him and stop repeating what is known to be untrue. Even though Santorum is in a tough spot these days by being so far behind in the delegate count, he needs to exemplify some of that “strong moral character” that he talks about so frequently and admit when he’s wrong.

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6 Responses to Santorum & Dems Continue Claim that Romney Supported National HC Mandate, FactCheckers: Not So

  1. AfricansforRomeny says:

    Will the real Obama please stand up?
    I wonder what John Bolton thinking. May be he’s banging his head against the wall.
    Hey People, we’ve a simple choice in Nov. NObama! Well, If you vote Obama, you deserve another 4 years fictitious leader. Obama thinks this is a laughing matters, unemployment is funny, high gas price is funny. Sadly, Obama is laughing by American people expenses. What’s this open mic deals with the world leaders? Why he’s making outrageous conversation with world leaders? I’m suspecting that he’s sending these messages purposely to annoy the American people.

    Vote Gov Romney!!!

  2. AfricansforRomeny says:

    Ooops. Sorry, i meant to post it under article “Obama comments to Medvedev”.

  3. Vic Lundquist says:

    Santorum simply lies. I have not said that before, but it is exactly what the man is doing. He is now backed into a corner and he has shot all his arrows. Nothing is left in his quiver. He has to resort to desperate acts. Lying is one of them.

    We will see more before he takes his last political breath. In my opinion, Santorum’s rhetoric of late is shameful and a very poor example to his own children.

  4. Gary Alan Chidester says:

    The first time I met Rick Santorum was in Ottumwa, Iowa on an early June morning at a coffee house. I was not looking for a Presidential candidate, as I have been a Romney Republican since 2007, but rather, I was checking out possible VP’s that would support Gov. Romney’s vision for restoring America. Rick had given Gov. Romney his full support, just three and a half years earlier. This is what Rick Santorum said about Mitt… “Gov. Romney is the candidate who will stand up for the conservative principles that we hold dear. Gov. Romney has a deep understanding of the important issues confronting our country today, and he is the clear conservative candidate that can go into a general election with a united Republican party.” Rick continued to endorse Mitt, until the Governor chose to end his campaign in 2008, in order to allow the leading candidate to unite the Party before the election. It has been said that there are two elements in life that can bring out the true nature of a man: Money… and Power. Mitt was Blessed with a full portion of the American Dream. He may have gotten a little ‘dizzy’ for a short time with his sudden wealth, in the beginning, but his parents had taught him the true value of hard work, and Mitt never forgot those grueling experiences in building character. Mitt and his wife, Ann, raised 5 sons, with the same character building values. Family came first, and Mitt always let his wife know that her job in the home was more important than his job at the office. Growing up, Mitt attended Church with his parents, and although some of his beliefs are different than others, he has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. His dedicated service to God also calls him to be of service to his fellow man. Mitt is a man of honor, and he is a man of compassion. Regardless of his power and wealth, Mitt has a servant’s heart… and with my upbringing in the United Methodist Church, that’s the kind of man to admire and pray for. Mitt is a man of integrity. This is a man who truly cares about America. Mitt has the knowledge and experience to become an excellent President. His leadership qualities will allow him to start America’s recovery on ‘Day One’. Mitt now has more delegates than all three other candidates combined. It’s time to rally around the one candidate who can unite the Republican party and bring victory to the American people in the November election.

  5. Charlotte Dwyer says:

    Rick Santorum is a loose gun. He desparately makes statements that should have taken him out of the primaries by now. I know — as well as many others — that Mitt Romney has never supported a national – federal healthcare bill. His Massachusetts healthcare bill has been successful in consideration of what our state had to deal with previously to having a state healthcare bill. Mitt Romney has made it clear many times that he supports state to state healthcare bills in accordance to what each state can handle financially and feasibly. I agree with him as many do. Rick Santorum and others must listen and be smart, at least, if they cannot be honest.