Romney: Obama's broken healthcare promise 'rotting away' second term

Mitt Romney said President Obama’s broken healthcare promise that people who like their insurance can keep it is “rotting away" his second term in office. 

If the White House wants to regain trust, Romney said, it needs to work with both parties to rebuild the law. 

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“Whether you like the model of ObamaCare or not, the fact that the president sold it on the basis that is not true has undermined the foundation of his second term. I think it is rotting it away,” Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Romney asserted that healthcare would never have passed in 2010 if Obama had been straightforward with the public. He said Obama is not able to lead with his credibility fading. 

“We’ve got to have a president that can lead and right now he is not able to do so,” he said. 

Hundreds of thousands of people who buy insurance on the individual market have received cancellation notices for existing plans, which could make up half of the 5 percent who buy insurance this way.  

The administration has said those people would have additional options on the exchanges, likely with better benefits. 

But even President Obama has scaled back his rhetoric, saying the majority of people — rather than everyone — would be able to keep their plans if they liked them.

Romney declined to say what he would do as president to stop the law, but pointed to his plan during the campaign that would give flexibility to the states. 

The Obama administration has used the Massachusetts law that Romney signed as governor to defend its own national healthcare law. The administration points out that only a small number of people signed up for the state-based healthcare in its first year. 

“Perhaps the most important lesson the president, I think failed to learn [from Massachusetts] was you have to tell the American people the truth,” Romney said.