By Bernie Becker - 01/05/14 12:13 PM EST
Mitt Romney brushed aside questions Sunday about whether President Obama could have beaten him in 2012 if the public knew more about issues with the healthcare law.
The 2012 GOP nominee did blast Obama for his statement that people could keep their health insurance if they liked it, as he tried to contrast the Affordable Care Act with his own healthcare law in Massachusetts.
“I don’t like the idea that the government tells people they have to have a gold-plated health insurance policy, if they want to have something more specific to their needs,” Romney said.
“This is at the heart of the president’s deception and dishonesty with regards to ObamaCare.”
Pressed over the Massachusetts law not having a contraception exemption, Romney insisted that showed why healthcare policy is better hashed out at the state level.
"I think the heart of the Republican plan for healthcare in replacing ObamaCare is to say, ‘Look, let’s let states put in place their own plans that make sense for their people,’” Romney said.