Carney: Romney Agrees on Healthcare


Answering reporters’ questions Thurs., PressSec downplays legal challenge to ACA, cites Romney’s, other GOPers’ support for individual mandate.

Carney: “A former governor of Massachusetts just said the other day: ‘The idea for a health care plan in Massachusetts was not mine alone. The Heritage Foundation, a great conservative think tank, helped on that. I’m told that Newt Gingrich, one of the very first people who came up with the idea of an individual mandate, did that years and years ago. It was seen as a conservative idea to say, you know what? People have a responsibility for caring for themselves if they can. We’ll help people who can’t care for themselves. But if you can care for yourself, you’ve got to take care of yourself and pay your own bills.’”

“That’s a former governor of Massachusetts describing the individual mandate and why it’s smart policy, and we certainly agree.”

Other issues topping the WH agenda:

On Pakistan, Carney criticizes resistance on Haqqani network links but says “the relationship that we have with Pakistan is complicated but very important.”

On the debt crisis: “We are urging Europeans to take forceful decisive action.”

On the American Jobs Act: “If some members of Congress oppose portions of the Jobs Act, they ought to say what and why.”

Adds: “I would be very surprised if Congress takes no action to boost economic growth or accelerate hiring before the end of the year.”

On new jobless claims: “We welcome them but I have to acknowledge up front there’s a certain amount of volatility in those numbers.”

Related Topics: Jay Carney, President Barack Obama, News, White House

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