Romney’s ‘Gross’ Exaggeration on ‘Obamacare’
Mitt Romney falsely claims government will “constitute … almost 50 percent” of the U.S. economy when the new federal health care law takes full effect. But Romney gets to 50 percent by erroneously counting all
health care spending — private and public — as “effectively under
government control once Obamacare is fully implemented,” as his
spokesman put it.
That’s nonsense — just as it was two years ago, when Rep. Michele Bachmann made a similar bogus claim. The fact is that the nation’s health care system will be no more under federal control than Massachusetts’ fell under state control after Romney signed a similar health care law
as governor. Both Obama and Romney expanded the private insurance
market by mandating that individuals purchase health care coverage.
Besides, contrary to years of
constantly repeated Republican rhetoric, the health care law (if allowed
to stand) will constitute a relatively minor expansion of the
government’s share of health care spending, which was already large and
rising due to the aging
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