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Romney: ACA 'rotting' Obama's second term

Mitt Romney said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that President Obama's "dishonesty" about the Affordable Care Act is "rotting" his second term.
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Mitt Romney said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that President Obama's "dishonesty" about the Affordable Care Act is "rotting" his second term.

Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that President Obama's dishonesty about the Affordable Care Act is undermining and "rotting" away his second term in office.

"Whether you like the model of Obamacare or not, the fact that the president has sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second term," Romney said in his interview with host David Gregory. "I think it's rotting it away. We've got to have a president that can lead, and right now he's not able to do so.”

Romney said the president was "trying to get away from... the truth" about millions of Americans receiving cancellation notices from their insurance companies, a different outcome than the one President Obama promised before his health care law was passed and a point conservatives have repeatedly used to expand their attack on the law's rollout. 

In his interview, Romney said that it should be up to the states to adopt a health care model instead of mandating a "one-size-fits-all" nation-wide system. 

"I think the president failed to learn the lessons that came from the experience of Massachusetts," Romney said.

“Perhaps the most important lesson the president, I think, failed to learn was, you have to tell the American people the truth," said the former presidential candidate. "And 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. And I think that fundamental dishonesty has really put in peril the whole foundation of his second term.”

Criticizing the president for lying to "the American people," Romney said the Affordable Care Act would not have passed if Obama had not initially pledged

“Obamacare barely made it through Washington, as you know," he said. "There is 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."

To rebuild credibility, Romney said Obama must work together with both Republicans and Democrats to rebuild the foundation of the health care law. 

After avoiding non-Fox News Sunday talk shows on the campaign trail, Romney made