Reports Examine Health Policies Of Gingrich, Romney, Bachmann, Santorum
As the GOP presidential nomination races continues to bubble, various news outlets are looking into earlier statements by some of the candidates.
Politico: Gingrich And Romney: Same Health Plan, Different Candidate
If Republicans are flocking to Newt Gingrich to get away from Mitt Romney's health care problems, they could end up with a nominee with … awfully similar health care problems. Or maybe worse: While Romney signed a state mandate into law, Gingrich once went a step further and advocated a federal one (Haberkorn, 11/30).
Reuters: Massachusetts Considering Ban On Romney Records
Massachusetts officials are reviewing a state court ruling to determine whether they should ban public access to paper records generated by Mitt Romney when he was the state's governor. ... A catalogue of box titles compiled by the archivists indicates that some of the contents relate to controversial issues that arose during Romney's governorship. Those include health care (Hosenball, 11/29).
The Washington Post: The Fact Checker: Michele Bachmann's Claim That She Never Said 'Anything Inaccurate' During The GOP Debates
The Republican candidates for president have already held at least 10 full-fledged debates, and we have watched them all. Here are a few highlights of Bachmann's performance [includes references to 'Obamacare'] during those sessions. ... The CBO never said the health law was killing jobs. This is an extreme interpretation of an extrapolation of a note buried in a report. We had previously given this claim Three Pinocchios (Kessler, 11/29).
The Washington Post: GOP Hopeful Rick Santorum Campaigns With A Seriously Ill Daughter At Home
His is easily the most searing personal narrative offered by any candidate this season. And when he speaks of Bella publicly, it is almost always in conjunction with his top policy goal of dismantling the health-care reform legislation, which he sees as a threat to those like her, "on the margins of life" (Henneberger, 11/29).
The Hill: Orrin Hatch's Stances On Children's Coverage Coming Back To Haunt Him
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is taking hits from all sides on a children's healthcare program he has long touted as part of his legislative legacy. Facing a potentially tough reelection fight in Tea Party-friendly Utah, Hatch has voted against recent efforts to preserve the Children's Health Insurance Program he helped create in 1997 in partnership with the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). The shift has failed to shield him from conservative attacks, however (Pecquet, 11/29).