Pataki Backs Off Claim That Romney’s Health Reform In Massachusetts Is ‘Unconstitutional’

Yesterday, former New York Governor George Pataki (R-NY) officially launched Revere America, an organization dedicated to repealing health care reform. Pataki also backed off his claim that the mandate in Massachusetts’ health care law is “unconstitutional,” telling the Boston Herald that he “misspoke” and really knows nothing about the Massachusetts plan:

“I misspoke,” said Pataki, calling a Herald reporter to clarify his point about an hour after saying the Massachusetts health-care individual mandate crafted under Romney is “unconstitutional.”

In his second call — made after a story was published on and after a Herald reporter sought comment from Romney — Pataki insisted his comments were about President Obama’s reforms and said he has no idea whether Romney’s and Obama’s plans are alike.

“The only thing I’ve done is read newspaper reports, and in the reports they’ve said (the two plans) were similar,” Pataki said. “I used to be a governor, and when people from out of state came in and told me what New York should do, I didn’t like it. This is a decision for the people of Massachusetts.”

Pataki also appeared C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and accused Democrats of ignoring public opinion and passing health reform without “even following the rules of the Senate.” He said Revere America will be going to be in all 50 states to mobilize the grassroots and “get over a million e-mail addresses of people who would support us in working to repeal ObamaCare and work with us to replace it with true health care reform.”


Asked how he could build support for a campaign to repeal legislation that would lower the deficit, reduce health care spending, and secure and expand coverage, Pataki explained that he would perpetuate misinformation to build on existing public perceptions. “They say it’s going to reduce the deficit. The objective analysis I have seen is that it will increase the deficit by at least a half trillion dollars and probably a lot more over the course of the next decade,” Pataki said. “And the American people know they’re wrong on that. They say they’re going to drive down health care costs, but I think the American people know that this is going to increase health care costs.” Pataki also regurgitated the now debunked claim that the law would require 16,000 IRS agents, claimed that the reform process was “totally done in the dark” and said he doubted anyone read the health care bill before voting for it.