Meet the Press   |  November 03, 2013

Deval Patrick compares Obamacare with his state's health program

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick visits Meet the Press to discuss his state's public health care program and how his experiences with it affects his opinion on Obamacare.

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>> you heard governor romney describe it as not telling people they could lose their plans and disaster because of this failed rollout website.

>> the affordable health care act is not a website. i think governor romney knows that, the american people know that. it does a lot of good for a lot of people that has already begun, i'm confident of that. the website in massachusetts that we started implementing in 2007 was also imperfect. it got fixed. and governor romney was right when he said it would be a model for the country, and it has been.

>> but i'll take you back to some of the comments he made back in 2009 and 2013 . a fundamental promise he made to the american people . watch.

>> if you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period. [ applause ] no one will take it away no matter what. so the first thing you need to know is this. if you already have health care , you don't have to do anything.

>> so no matter what, if you like your health care plan, you don't have to do anything. was that a broken promise, or was that deception or both?

>> neither. for 95% of the people in america, that is the truth. for the small number of people who have a health care plan which, in fact, will not insure them when they get sick, it is not true. and that's the whole point. if you have a preexisting condition, if you have the kind of health care that disappears when you need it most, the affordable care act says that has to end. it's also true that medical costs are number one cause of bankruptcy in america. that ends with the affordable care act .

>> 2 million people have been told that they don't have health insurance that they can keep, and then you say, well, you can get another plan, except you can't because you can't get on the website. so was this not sold --

>> well, that -- excuse me, david, go ahead and finish.

>> go ahead.

>> i'm sorry to cut you off. the website is a convenience and right now it's not working very well. it's not the only way to get information. you can sign up on the phone, you can do it in person, and in very short order you'll be able to do it on line. the obvious benefit of the website is to be able to compare plans, to shop, because as you shop, you save. and that's why it's urgent that the president get it fixed as soon as possible.

>> here's what the " washington post "