News outlets report on how GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is casting his health care policies as he moves toward the Tuesday's Michigan and Arizona primaries.
The Associated Press: It's All Economy, All The Time For Romney
That was an invitation to discuss a requirement for all residents to purchase insurance, a feature that conservatives loathe in Obama's health care bill but is also present in the Massachusetts law. Romney steered clear. Instead, he said: "The first thing I'd say to him is, 'You say you copied (the Massachusetts law), how come you didn't give me a call? I'd have told you what worked, what did not work'" (Espo, 2/24).
Boston Globe: Fact Check: The GOP Debate
Mitt Romney was asked by moderator John King about a bill signed during his tenure as Massachusetts governor requiring Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. Asked if he made such a requirement, Romney responded: "No, absolutely not." …under Romney, Catholic hospitals became required to make the morning-after pill available to rape victims. In a Globe interview [in 2005], Romney said, "My personal view, in my heart of hearts, is that people who are subject to rape should have the option of having emergency contraception" (Schoenberg, 2/23).
Boston Globe: Romney Emphasizes Michigan Roots To Tea Party Crowd
On the biggest sticking point that Tea Party activists have with Romney – his health care plan in Massachusetts – he amped up his critique of the federal model that was patterned after his plan. "On every basis I can think of - it's bad policy, it's bad spending, it's bad for American people, it's bad for the practice of medicine," Romney said. "If I'm president, we’re getting rid of ObamaCare" (Viser, 2/24).