LAS VEGAS — Mitt Romney ran down the list of Presidential candidates and recommended ways each might alter healthcare as the president.
In short: A Democrat would tweak the Obamacare while a Republican would possibly venture down a latest path that depends on tax credits.
Those prognostications came after a pressing query from Ex-Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt during an HX360 occasion at HIMSS16 on the day of Wednesday.
Leavitt inquired the query that has been buzzing around political circles and social media in few weeks: Will he merge in the presidential race?
“What happens in the state of Vegas, claims in Vegas,” Romney joked. “No. I am not getting in.”
With the query of the moment reacted, Romney settled into a casual discussion and conversation around the fascinating 2016 presidential race.
The Ex-Massachusetts Gov. claimed any of the remaining Republican candidates would replace Obamacare and lean on tax credits to get people insured. But that may be where the similarities end between his perspective of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
“If Mr. Trump became president, I consider he would look to the House – and I do not know that because he has not explained a comprehensive policy – but I consider the he would look to Mr. Ryan and the House to shift toward refundable tax credits for purchasing insurance, with an emphasis on health savings accounts,” Romney stated. “Insurance would be a benefit, not deductible. Observe for an at-risk pool funded by feds for persons with pre-existing situations.”
Romney further added that if Rubio, Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich achieved the White House, each would likely put a finger on the scales, but would take a same direction as Trump.
With his big achievements on Super Tuesday, Trump has 319 delegates to Cruz’s 226 delegates. But the Romney claimed the Presidential race “is yet a contest,” among Republicans.
As for the Democrats, Romney stated that they would likely keep Obamacare, though there might be some changes made.
“If Hillary gets appointed you might see few adjustments to Obamacare, but the House would not go along with Bernie Sanders-style expansion,” Romney stated. “If Bernie were president, federal regulators would play a greater role in healthcare and be more demanding of insurance companies and contributors.”
That point, although, might be moot in relatively less order. When inquired if the Clinton-Sanders battle is over Romney replied: “I think so.”
Romney also appreciated that Obamacare is the law of the land and depicted on his own proposal to make better healthcare in the country of America.
“My own perspective was to say that each state is responsible for getting 95% of its persons insured but it is up to each state how to do it,” Romney stated.
If Vermont needs single-payer, let them try it, and if other states nee to replicate what he did in Massachusetts they would be free to attract that avenue, he stated.
“Provided the fact that Obamacare has been executed and is now in place, it is difficult to go back to the model I proposed,” Romney claimed. “President Obama – thanks so much – went out and told everybody Romneycare was the grandfather of Obamacare.”
As for the election, Romney claimed that he considers the Republicans require a fresh face to beat the Democrats, someone people did not know before the race started. Though he also said Florida Sen. Marco Rubio or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz would have a better opportunity of beating Hillary Clinton than he does.
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