2012 GOP presidential nominee and former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., on Wednesday hit at President Obama's rollout of his health care reform law, calling it a “frustrating embarrassment.”
“In the years since the Massachusetts health care law went into effect nothing has changed my view that a plan crafted to fit the unique circumstances of a single state should not be grafted onto the entire country,” said Romney.
“Beyond that, had President Obama actually learned the lessons of Massachusetts health care, millions of Americans would not lose the insurance they were promised they could keep, millions more would not see their premiums skyrocket, and the installation of the program would not have been a frustrating embarrassment,” he added.
Obama, in his Boston speech at the site where Romney signed his own health care reform law into effect, is slated to urge patience as the administration fixes the tech issues marring Healthcare.gov, the website designed to enroll consumers in new insurance exchanges.
The White House has sought to draw parallels with the Massachusetts health care reforms Romney implemented, saying that both plans experienced start-up problems and low enrollment numbers initially.
The glitch-riddled rollout has put the White House on the defensive with Republicans seizing on the missteps and arguing that Obama’s signature domestic achievement is unworkable.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before Congress on Wednesday, saying that the American public deserved “better” and that the problems would be fixed before December.
Romney in his statement said overhauling the nation’s health care system was best managed at the state level, faulting Obama’s approach.
“Health reform is best crafted by states with bipartisan support and input from its employers, as we did, without raising taxes, and by carefully phasing it in to avoid the type of disruptions we are seeing nationally,” said Romney.