Mitt Romney on the man who helped inspire Obamacare, which gave ‘a lot of people’ health insurance

This post is by Jed Lewison from Daily Kos

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gestures as he speaks at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in San Diego, California January 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Blake  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4LRP8

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is back in the news today, and with an unexpected sentiment: It turns out he likes Obamacare quite a bit, or at least a lot more than the heat of an election battle would allow him to let on. We know this because Romney would like America to remember his friend Tom Stemberg, who died today after a two-year battle with cancer, as a man who should be credited as an inspiration for Romneycare, and therefore Obamacare, and therefore a man who has given health insurance to a great many Americans.

Romney said that shortly after he was elected, Mr. Stemberg asked him why he ran for governor. Romney said he told him that he wanted to help people, and Mr. Stemberg replied that if he really wanted to help, he should give everyone access to health care, which Romney said he hadn’t really

“Without Tom pushing it, I don’t think we would have had Romneycare,” Romney said. “Without Romneycare, I don’t think we would have Obamacare. So, without Tom a lot of people wouldn’t have health insurance.”

So credited, and with the appropriate thanks.

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