OOPS: Rick Santorum Confuses Romneycare With Obamacare

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"OOPS: Rick Santorum Confuses Romneycare With Obamacare"

Throughout the GOP presidential primary, Rick Santorum argued that Mitt Romney “created the blueprint for Obamacare and advocated for exactly what Obamacare is” when he passed health care reform in Massachusetts. Now, as a Romney supporter, Santorum is still struggling to differentiate between the two laws.

While discussing the Republicans’ effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act during a radio interview with Boston’s Talk 1200 Wednesday morning, Santorum confused Romney’s Medicaid expansion with Obama’s, falsely suggesting that Obamacare opened the Medicaid program to people with incomes 300 percent above the federal poverty line (FPL):

SANTORUM: Medicaid was the principal way that Obama was going to cover more people under this health care bill. … It’s what happened in Massachusetts of course, where Medicaid was the area that was expanded to cover more people in Massachusetts and under this bill, it would clearly be the way that more people would get insurance. …. Most states cover anywhere from 75 to 100 percent of poverty. … Now under Obamacare, it’s going to go to 300 percent of poverty. So you’re talking about $90,000 income being eligible for Medicaid.

Listen:

In truth, Romneycare “included an expansion of Medicaid to children up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level” and increased enrollment caps for adults to cover an additional 92,500 people. President Obama’s law, on the other hand, expands the program to everyone with incomes up to 133 percent of the FPL. The federal government will “pay the entire cost for three years, from 2014 to 2017, and at least 90 percent after that.”

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