Mitt Romney: The President’s Dishonesty Is The Real Problem
Mitt Romney and his wife joined Charlie Rose on CBS to talk about the problems of the Affordable Care Act website, the health care system, and immigration reform.
Rose asked Romney if there was anything that he wanted to tell the American people a year since the election. Romney replied, “I think a lot of people recognized the flaws in the Obamacare product, not just its implementation, but the more fundamental flaw which was the president promise people could keep their plans. That promise was not accurate, it was not honest.”
Rose brought up that Massachusetts had problems with their rollout too, suggesting that maybe time is needed to fix the flaws. Romney responded, “The real problem with the president’s plan is not just the rollout. That is just implementation and glitches of various kinds. It should have been working, but when the systems are working, people will still lose and already have. Millions of people losing their insurance they were promised they would not. They’re being asked to buy policies they don’t want, at prices they can’t afford.”
When asked if he thought the president lied to the American people on purpose for a political gain, he replied, “I think the president understood, it’s now quite well documented that his administration, he, understood that a lot of people would lose their insurance. That was in the nature of the entire product that they put forward. They knew that and yet said ‘Well, you can keep your insurance, period,’ and that was wrong.” He added, “It’s just dishonest. What starts twisted stays twisted. It’s not going to be able to be fixed until we fundamentally reshape Obamacare.”
With problems in the Republican Party, Norah O’Donnell asked Romney, “How does the party need to change?”
“The party needs to nominate people who we think have the best prospect of winning, and we need to do a better job communicating our message to the broader number of folks that we have in the past. The place that my campaign and I fell short was probably being able to speak openly and effectively to minority populations,” replied Romney.
O’Donnell asked if he now favors an immigration proposal that provide a pathway to citizenship. Romney answered, “I am absolutely convinced that the Republican Party must deal with immigration. I believe that those who came here illegally ought to get an opportunity to get in line with everybody else. I don’t think those who come here illegally should jump in front of the line or be given a special deal, be rewarded for coming here illegally, but I think they should get a chance just like everybody else, to get in line and become a citizen if they like to do so.”