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Romney: Obama dishonesty ‘rotting away’ second term

The man who should be president on Sunday condemned President Obama’s “fundamental dishonesty” in selling Obamacare to the country, saying the disaster has jeopardized Obama’s whole second term.

Appearing on “Meet the Press,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney repeatedly pounded on Obama’s pledge that Americans who were satisfied with their insurance plans could keep them even if Obamacare passed.

mittromney1103a“When he told the American people that you could keep your health insurance if you wanted to keep that plan, period — he said that time and again — he wasn’t telling the truth,” Romney told host David Gregory.  “That fundamental dishonesty has really put in peril the foundation of his second term.”

Gregory kept trying to return to the health-reform plan Romney engineered for Massachusetts when he was governor of the Bay State, but Romney argued the comparison wasn’t valid.

The federal government, he said, had no business creating a “one-size-fits-all plan” for states that should be left free to make their own decisions.

All the while, Romney returned time and again to the honesty theme.

“You have to tell the American people the truth,” he said.

And if Obama had told the truth, Romney said, the country wouldn’t have been saddled with Obamacare today.

“Obamacare barely made it through Washington,” he said. “There’s no question in my mind but had the president been truthful and told the American people that millions would lose their insurance and millions more would see their premiums skyrocket — had he told them that at the time it was going through Washington, there would have been such a huge cry against it, it would not have passed.”

And if this country had had the sense to elect Romney instead of re-electing the man who brought us Obamacare, the law might have been repealed by now. As it is, the country is stuck with the fruits of the disastrous two years that Democrats held the Senate, the House and the White House.

But as Obama himself famously said, elections have consequences, and there are more elections ahead.

“The right way to repeal Obamacare is to elect Republicans to the Senate and the House and also the White House,” Romney said.

Check out Romney’s interview with Gregory here. And ask yourself again how this country could have voted the way it did last fall.

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