Romneycare consultant: Obamacare is based on Romneycare

You really need to watch this entire interview. This MIT Professor, one of the main consultants of Romneycare, actually worked with Obama and his staff to craft Obamacare and he says:

The truth is that the Affordable Care Act is essentially based on what we accomplished in Massachusetts. It’s the same basic structure applied nationally. John McDonough, one of the other advisers who worked in both Massachusetts and advised the White House, said ‘it’s the Massachusetts bill with three more zeros’.

He also addresses Romney’s comment about the Massachusetts bill not raising taxes like Obamacare, and says while it’s technically true, it’s intellecutally dishonest. The taxes had already been raised by Michael Dukakis so they already had the income levels to pay for Romneycare. This wasn’t the same with Obamacare.

Here is the full interview:

(h/t: RCP)


UPDATE: Also just want to make sure and point out that the MIT Professor says that HALF of the financing of Romneycare came from the federal government. Yep, sounds like we helped foot the bill for Romneycare. I’m sure he’ll thank us during the next debate.

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