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Fred Thompson: Romneycare At A Glance
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Posted on 01/06/2008 2:30:43 PM PST by Fred

Fred Thompson Release:

- This is Romney's health care plan of which he claims authorship and credit. - The plan guarantees Planned Parenthood a seat at the decision-making table. - The plan provides taxpayer-funded abortions for a copay of $50. - The plan penalizes individuals not buying health insurance coverage and small businesses not offering health insurance to their employees.

Romney Is Quick To Take Credit For Massachusetts' Health Care Plan

- "I love it. It's a fabulous program." (GOP Primary Debate, Reagan Library, Simi Valley, CA, MSNBC, 5/3/2007) - "But I helped write it and I knew it well..." (GOP Primary Debate, Reagan Library, Simi Valley, CA, MSNBC, 5/3/2007)

KEY ASPECTS OF ROMNEY'S MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH CARE PLAN...

(1) Guarantees Planned Parenthood A Seat At The Table. Romney's legislation created an advisory board and guarantees, by law, that Planned Parenthood has a seat at the table. Romney's plan established a MassHealth payment policy advisory board, and one member of the Board must be from Planned Parenthood. No pro-life organization is represented. (Chapter 58 Section 3 (q) Section 16M (a), http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/seslaw06/sl060058.htm )

(2) Provides Taxpayer-Funded Abortions . Abortions are covered in the Commonwealth Care program that Romney created as Governor. Under the program, abortions are available for a copay of $50. (Menu of Health Care Services: http://www.mass.gov/Qhic/docs/cc_benefits1220_pt234.pdf )

- Romney used his line-item veto authority to strike eight sections of the bill that he found objectionable, including the expansion of dental benefits to Medicaid recipients. Yet, he did not strike Planned Parenthood's guaranteed Board representation and he did nothing to prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions as part of his plan. ("Romney's Health Care Vetoes," Associated Press, 4/12/06)

(3) Punitive Toward Small Businesses. Small Businesses are fined $295-per-employee if they do not provide health insurance coverage to employees. (Steve LeBlanc, "Mass Lawmakers Ok Mandatory Health Bill," Associated Press, 4/5/06)

(4) Punitive Toward Individuals. Individuals not obtaining health insurance coverage lose their personal state tax exemption in 2007, which will cost them an estimated $219 in higher taxes. In 2008, uncovered individuals are assessed a fine equal to 50-percent of the cost of a standard insurance policy, which could be as much as $2,000. (Michael Tanner, "No Miracle In Massachusetts," Cato Institute, 6/6/06; Steve LeBlanc, "Timing Of Health Care Law's Penalties Could Pose Risk For Romney, MA," Associated Press, 11/9/07; William C. Symonds, "In Massachusetts, Health Care for All?" Business Week, 4/4/06 )


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fredthompson; healthypeople; healthypeople2010; mccain; myth; romney; romneytruthfile
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1 posted on 01/06/2008 2:30:44 PM PST by Fred
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To: Fred

Hey Myth have fun changing your mind on this one tonight.


2 posted on 01/06/2008 2:32:18 PM PST by Fred (McCain..'HIS EGO IS WRITING CHECKS HIS BODY CAN'T CASH')
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To: Fred

Wowser!! This health care plan steenks.


3 posted on 01/06/2008 2:32:41 PM PST by BipolarBob (I've been stung by honey bees and bumblebees. I don't want no huckle bee.)
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To: Fred

Face it, folks: Slick Willard at his heart is infanticide-friendly.


4 posted on 01/06/2008 2:34:33 PM PST by Petronski (Willard Myth Romney: 51% negatives)
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To: Fred

$50 abortions. The Joe Isuzu Romney legacy.


5 posted on 01/06/2008 2:35:56 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Fred

GO FRED... second down, three to go....GO DEEP!


6 posted on 01/06/2008 2:36:25 PM PST by MrPiper
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To: Fred

I know. Let’s run a candidate that’s against doing anything about healthcare. That sounds like a winner! /s


7 posted on 01/06/2008 2:39:46 PM PST by claudiustg (You know it. I know it. I'm optiMITTstic!)
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To: claudiustg

Good idea, especially if it aint flopflips healthcare plan. SHEESH


8 posted on 01/06/2008 2:42:07 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: Fred
- Romney used his line-item veto authority to strike eight sections of the bill that he found objectionable, including the expansion of dental benefits to Medicaid recipients. Yet, he did not strike Planned Parenthood's guaranteed Board representation and he did nothing to prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions as part of his plan.

Romney/Schwarzenegger 2008.

9 posted on 01/06/2008 2:42:31 PM PST by Mojave
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To: Fred

Man, Mitt is my second choice, but that healthcare scheme makes me sick. Hopefully he’s sincere in saying the states should create their own. But even that bothers me since he’s basically encouraging each state to adopt socialism.


10 posted on 01/06/2008 2:43:56 PM PST by Bull Market (Thompson/Paul 08 - Republicans, Libertarians, Independents MUST join forces to defeat Hitlery)
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To: claudiustg

Anti-socialists, such as myself, will NOT vote for either of Huckabee or Mitt. Your pining for Mitt violates the Law of Coalitions. You do that at your peril.

The GOP is composed of multiple factions, each with its own priorities. Unforntunately this election cycle, too many members of the various factions in our coalition are seeking their own faction’s ideal candidate, without regard to the opinions of other factions. The only result of such an attitude will be the destruction of the coalition that is the GOP.

We must unite behind a candidate that is at least acceptable to all the major factions, and who also has a reasonable chance to run an effective, winning campaign in the general election.


11 posted on 01/06/2008 2:44:14 PM PST by sourcery (The Branch Algorian cult believes in human sacrifice)
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To: claudiustg
Oh, I am sorry, did you get your little feelings hurt?? Maybe this will cheer you up


12 posted on 01/06/2008 2:44:34 PM PST by Fred (McCain..'HIS EGO IS WRITING CHECKS HIS BODY CAN'T CASH')
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To: claudiustg
Let’s run a candidate that’s against doing anything about healthcare.

Yeah! We can't just have doctors and their patients making those decisions. Bring on RomneyCare.

13 posted on 01/06/2008 2:44:53 PM PST by Mojave
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Most Governors that claim to be pro life would try to stop abortions. Romney put in an express lane!
14 posted on 01/06/2008 2:45:15 PM PST by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Fred

RINO Romney signs his RomneyCARE (=HillaryCARE) socialized medicine (no citizen vote allowed)
surrounded by beaming Democrats who cannot believe their luck at owning such a fine and docile RINO.

Sen. John Kerry to Don Imus on RomneyCARE: "I like this health care bill".

Sen. Hillary Clinton on RomneyCARE: "To come up with a bipartisan plan in this polarized environment is commendable."

15 posted on 01/06/2008 2:45:21 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Fred
I hope Fred brings this to peoples attention tonight in the debates on why PlannedParentHood is on the board of decision making in his states medical plan.... it will be interesting to see how Mitt sleazes his way out of that.
The MittBots will say " ohh, your just attacking Mitt , Mitt is such a great guy and accomplished BS ".
So MittBots ? how do you explain this ? PlannedParentHood in the decision making in Mitt's medical care plan in Mass ? I thought Mitt was such a " Good Conservative ".
16 posted on 01/06/2008 2:46:51 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I like to see how the MittBots explain this one away.


17 posted on 01/06/2008 2:47:38 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Fred
"During the four years of Romney’s tenure,
the number of registered Republicans in Massachusetts
fell by 31,000. During that same period,
the Massachusetts Democratic Party gained 30,000."

- Boston Globe 11/2/2006

“The Massachusetts Republican Party died last Tuesday.
The cause of death: failed leadership.
The party is survived by a few leftover legislators
and a handful of county officials and grassroots activists
who have been ignored for years.
Services will be public and a mass exodus of taxpayers will follow.
In lieu of flowers, send messages to New Hampshire Republican voters
warning them about a certain presidential candidate named Romney.”

- Boston Herald, 11/12/2006

“Romney arrived on the scene with great promise,
but is leaving the Republican Party here in shambles.
Not only are the Republicans yielding the governor’s office
for the first time in 16 years, but registered Republicans
have fallen by 31,000 since Romney took office,
and their legislative presence is at historic lows.
But it worked out fine for him:
He is now chasing the prize he really covets, the presidency.”"

- Boston Globe 11/8/2006

18 posted on 01/06/2008 2:47:47 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

Annndddddd, Myth could have BLOWN THEM OUT WITH THE LINE ITEM VETO.... way to late to claim he could not stop it...


19 posted on 01/06/2008 2:48:40 PM PST by Fred (McCain..'HIS EGO IS WRITING CHECKS HIS BODY CAN'T CASH')
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To: claudiustg

Health care is a false premise to begin with. No one is going to refuse you at a hospital. People used to actually have savings accounts to pay for whatever else. The more the government is involved, the higher the prices are. That’s a universal truth.


20 posted on 01/06/2008 2:49:19 PM PST by Bull Market (Thompson/Paul 08 - Republicans, Libertarians, Independents MUST join forces to defeat Hitlery)
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To: Fred

LMAO!!! A Fred press release posing as news.


21 posted on 01/06/2008 2:50:58 PM PST by byteback
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To: Fred

Worst thing that Mitt did here. He’ll pay for it now.


22 posted on 01/06/2008 2:51:13 PM PST by Radix (If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.)
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To: Bull Market
" Hopefully he’s sincere "

You need to think about that real hard, do you trust Mitt on his word ?
My gut instinct, I don't trust Mitt at all.
I guess you don't know about his sleaze/gutter politics ? in how his campaign put out those false stories that Fred was going to drop out after Iowa ? that cost Fred some votes in Iowa, and possibly Wyoming and NH.
23 posted on 01/06/2008 2:51:15 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: claudiustg
"Let’s run a candidate that’s against doing anything about healthcare."

I am sure the thousands of pre-born persons who will be murdered annually for a mere $50.00 would like to dispute your claim of this being "healthcare".
< /sarcasm>

U.S. Army Retired


24 posted on 01/06/2008 2:52:14 PM PST by big'ol_freeper (ROMNEY: "I LOVE MANDATES.")
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To: Fred

Now that’s funny.


25 posted on 01/06/2008 2:52:41 PM PST by IM2MAD
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To: byteback

What’s your sustantive criticism of Fred?


26 posted on 01/06/2008 2:53:04 PM PST by sourcery (The Branch Algorian cult believes in human sacrifice)
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To: claudiustg; All
So our choices are do nothing and let the greatest health care system in the world do it’s job for the privately insured who work for a living and those who get care via charity or bring on the first steps towards socialized medicine into play?

Hum, I can see why you support Mitt, but not why you are on Free Republic. Give Michael Moore's fat a$$ a hug for me will ya....

27 posted on 01/06/2008 2:53:16 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: sourcery
What’s your sustantive criticism of Fred?

That's where you got 'em right there....

28 posted on 01/06/2008 2:55:44 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: sourcery

way to deflect the topic! Someone got caught planting a phony story. How Clintonian.


29 posted on 01/06/2008 2:56:28 PM PST by byteback
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
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Not only did Myth do that but he also had robocalls in Iowa asking the voters if Fred could beat Hillary..
30 posted on 01/06/2008 2:56:54 PM PST by Fred (McCain..'HIS EGO IS WRITING CHECKS HIS BODY CAN'T CASH')
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

That fake leak stinks of Ed Rollins. He knew Thompson was a real threat to a very possible second place spot in Iowa. He also knows SC is coming up. Huckabee NEEDED to seal the deal in Iowa or his campaign would’ve been in shambles.


31 posted on 01/06/2008 2:58:18 PM PST by Bull Market (Thompson/Paul 08 - Republicans, Libertarians, Independents MUST join forces to defeat Hitlery)
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To: claudiustg
"I know. Let’s run a candidate that’s against doing anything about healthcare. That sounds like a winner! /s"

Slippery slope scare tactics . With comments like that , it's no wonder you support Liberal Flip Romney .

32 posted on 01/06/2008 2:59:28 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Fred Thompson : The Only True Conservative in a Sea of RINO's....)
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To: byteback
LMAO!!! A Fred press release posing as news.

LMAO!!! A content-free post.

33 posted on 01/06/2008 3:00:24 PM PST by Bob
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To: byteback
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A press release is news. How do you think all these lazy worthless so called journalists get their garbage? They just sit around the bar bragging about their lame blogs and wait for the fax machine to go off. Just so happens they do not want to run any of Fred's, well here is one site that will.
34 posted on 01/06/2008 3:00:40 PM PST by Fred (McCain..'HIS EGO IS WRITING CHECKS HIS BODY CAN'T CASH')
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To: Bull Market

I don’t think Rollins was behind the Fred smear .

I do think Fred has a pretty good idea which campaign was behind it .


35 posted on 01/06/2008 3:02:23 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Fred Thompson : The Only True Conservative in a Sea of RINO's....)
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To: Bull Market

-—No one is going to refuse you at a hospital.-—

Until the hospital closes, because of bankruptsy.

-—People used to actually have savings accounts to pay for whatever else.-—

Until the charges cleaned them out.

This is a big issue that can’t be wished away. I have medical and dental care through where I work. It still cost an arm and a leg. :^) Many are not so fortunate, and it’s not just their misfortune. It’s ours. We pay higher premiums because so many are not covered. Then we pay higher taxes to pay for their care.

But, heh, maybe if we ignore it, it’ll go away!


36 posted on 01/06/2008 3:02:41 PM PST by claudiustg (You know it. I know it. I'm optiMITTstic!)
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To: Bull Market
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That and the robocalls cost Fred big in Iowa.
37 posted on 01/06/2008 3:03:07 PM PST by Fred (McCain..'HIS EGO IS WRITING CHECKS HIS BODY CAN'T CASH')
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To: claudiustg
I know. Let’s run a candidate that’s against doing anything about healthcare. That sounds like a winner! /s

The government is already doing lots about health care. If they stopped everything they were doing to control it, it would get much less expensive and the quality would improve, just like every product and service that operates in a free market environment. That's kind of hard for socialists to understand.

38 posted on 01/06/2008 3:03:10 PM PST by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: byteback
way to deflect the topic! Someone got caught planting a phony story. How Clintonian.

What's phony about the story?

Did Mitt use his line-item veto on the $50 abortion co-pay?

Did Mitt use his line-item veto on putting the Planned Parenthood representative on the board?

39 posted on 01/06/2008 3:05:05 PM PST by Bob
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To: claudiustg
Hello, did we not watch the debate last night. Fred called for more options where one should be able to buy their healthcare insurance from whoever the HELL they want.

I call that a BIG GIGANTIC SOLUTION...
40 posted on 01/06/2008 3:05:15 PM PST by Fred (McCain..'HIS EGO IS WRITING CHECKS HIS BODY CAN'T CASH')
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

They can excuse anything he does. This one they’ll claim is the rodent legislature’s fault (because, as we all know, it’s always everyone else’s fault but Joe Isuzu Romney’s).


41 posted on 01/06/2008 3:06:06 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Fred

Uh Excuse me senator Thompson but who as a U.S. senator went yearly to HCFA to secure funding {waivers} for Hillary Care or Tenncare {Al and Hillary’s Medicaid program} in Tennessee. First it was Gore and Matthews IIRC then it was you Mr Thompson and also Mr Frist. I would not trust Fred on health care as far as I could see him. Fred could have helped stop a mad man RINO governor. Instead he enebled him.


42 posted on 01/06/2008 3:06:15 PM PST by cva66snipe (Proud Partisan Constitution Supporting Conservative to which I make no apologies for nor back down)
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To: Fred

Thanks for posting.


43 posted on 01/06/2008 3:06:46 PM PST by FreedomProtector
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To: byteback

Clintonian. That’s Joe Isuzu Romney in one word.


44 posted on 01/06/2008 3:06:57 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Bull Market

More and more news is coming out that Mitt’s campaign was guilty of this sleaze/gutter politics.


45 posted on 01/06/2008 3:07:01 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Fred
A press release is news. How do you think all these lazy worthless so called journalists get their garbage?

Rip and read 99% of the time.

46 posted on 01/06/2008 3:07:24 PM PST by Mojave
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To: fieldmarshaldj

But Mitt had the veto pin.


47 posted on 01/06/2008 3:07:55 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Fred

-—Hello, did we not watch the debate last night. Fred called for more options where one should be able to buy their healthcare insurance from whoever the HELL they want.-—

Funny, that’s part of the Romney solution in Mass, deregulation. You can buy from whom you want.

Wake up!


48 posted on 01/06/2008 3:08:00 PM PST by claudiustg (You know it. I know it. I'm optiMITTstic!)
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To: cva66snipe
I am flatter, but alas, am not the Great One.

This plays right into Fred's Federalism

The dipstick fed govt forces mandates on the state regarding medicare...guess what...THEY WANT THE STATES TO COVER IT!!!

They can go right to Algore's favor global warming place. If they want it mandated then they sure as hell can pay for it too.
49 posted on 01/06/2008 3:09:47 PM PST by Fred (McCain..'HIS EGO IS WRITING CHECKS HIS BODY CAN'T CASH')
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
My gut instinct, I don't trust Mitt at all.

Me neither. He's already started to backtrack on foreign policy - since he saw that Bush bashing didn't cost Huckabee votes in Iowa.

50 posted on 01/06/2008 3:09:52 PM PST by BusterBear
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