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Why Obamacare is not Romneycare

I heard a pundit say today that Obamacare is Romneycare.

???

I just double-checked my calendar. I was right. It is 2017. So how does one get paid for repeating tired old fake news on TV?

Mitt Romney repeatedly made it clear in 2012. His experiment in Massachusetts was for a state. For those of you taking notes, there are 50 states in the United States. Obamacare is for the entire country. That would be all 50 states.

Why does that matter? Well first off, the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution reserves these powers to the state. A state is a suitable size for an experiment, and Massachusetts, a very liberal state, wanted to go with a government-managed healthcare system. The dysfunctional Massachusetts system failed and was scrapped.

Romney made it clear that 1) It was a failure in Massachusetts, and 2) It would not be appropriate to try it nationally. Romney repeatedly said he had no intention of implementing any type of a Romneycare-type system, but people tend to hear what they want to hear.

The next time you hear someone saying Obamacare and Romneycare are the same thing, you are hearing fake news.