Over the past few years. President Obama and the Democrats have continually stated that Romneycare and Obamacare were essentially the same. This is simply not true. Let’s be clear. There are similarities, but there are glaring differences.
Romneycare had 70 pages, bipartisan support and was very popular with the public. Strong consensus was built between then-Gov. Mitt Romney, Democrats, Republicans, the public and the business community to support the law and the individual mandate. Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who was in the state Senate at the time, stated it took three years for everybody to come together. Romneycare had no new taxes and was a market-driven solution to health care.
Obamacare had 2,074 pages, absolutely no bipartisan support and was unpopular in the nation.
It was rammed through Congress using the reconciliation process (requires only 51 votes in the Senate and circumvents the filibuster) after only eight months of negotiations and consensus was not built to support the individual mandate. Obamacare increased taxes by $500 billion and was intended as a step toward government-run health insurance.
Reconciliation was created in 1974 as a deficit-reduction tool, not for passing major legislation.
Major social legislation has always been bipartisan. Democrats or Republicans had to make their case through debate and persuasion.
Romney used cooperation and compromise to pass Romneycare. Obama used legislative trickery and deception (as we are finding out now) to pass Obamacare. To say they are the same is a stretch of monumental proportions.