Rick Santorum: ‘Romneycare Hasn’t Worked in Massachusetts’

Rick Santorum criticized the health care law Romney championed as governor of Massachusetts during an interview with CNN.

Rick Santorum highly slammed the health care law Romney championed being Massachusetts’s governor. Photo: Joe Kaufman/Flickr

When asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan how the Republican nominee can criticize the federal law’s individual mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance when he backed it in his own state, Santorum responded that “it hasn’t worked in Massachusetts.”

“Health care costs in Massachusetts are number one in the country,” he continued. “They have a series of problems with people who decide to take the tax, in other words, pay the fine, instead of buying insurance, because it’s actually cheaper, particularly younger and healthier people.”

Explaining why voters should choose a candidate who backed a law that didn’t work, Santorum suggested that Romney has seen the error of his ways, reports The New York Daily News.

“What he has said is they did some things right and they did some things wrong. And he’s learned from those mistakes. I’m using his language,” Santorum added.

However, this is not the first time Mr Santorum has offered a less-than-rousing endorsement of his former rival. Earlier this month, he declined to renounce his past charge that Romney lacks “convictions” and “authenticity.”

“I have no problem questioning authenticity, I mean, those are all things that I thought were legitimate differences between us as candidates,” Santorum said in an interview.

Meanwhile, following the Supreme Court decision upholding ObamaCare, Romney’s campaign is launching a tax attack against the president.

The Republican candidate’s spokesperson Andrea Saul said in an email, which that Obama insisted the mandate wasn’t a tax while crafting reform.

Saul also mentioned that he did not account for how that makes it any different from what Romney passed as governor, claims The Huffington Post.

“Governor Romney disagreed with the court’s ruling and its findings. What’s troubling is the President told the American people the mandate was not a tax, and then sent his lawyer to the Supreme Court to argue it was a tax,” e-mail reads.

“So he said one thing to get it passed, and then contradicted himself to get it past the court. This court’s decision raises the stakes for the election in November. While Governor Romney is disappointed with the court’s ruling, ultimately it is the people who will have the final word.”

Romney’s allies have quickly found out that the Supreme Court ruling handed President Barack Obama a big victory for his signature Affordable Care Act, writes Sun Times.

“President Obama breaks another promise,” claims the tag line of an ad which is scheduled to start running Saturday on national cable television from the pro-Romney American Crossroads SuperPAC.

The ad includes video from a 2008 campaign where Barack Obama pledges not to raise taxes on people making less than $250,000.

In a conference call with reporters Friday Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he disappointed with the president for breaking his tax pledge.

“I was very disappointed in the ruling, but I do congratulate the Supreme Court on one thing: They were a lot more honest about ObamaCare than President Obama has been. They have rightly called it what it is — a tax,” Jindal said.

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said in response, “Already, Mitt Romney and Republicans are out with outright falsehoods about ObamaCare — their favorite distortion being that this is somehow a broad tax on the middle class.”

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