Phil Roe, Mitt Romney (“out of his own mouth”) and Health Care

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe said Friday GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney pledged to repeal federal health care reform despite having signed a similar measure into law as Massachusetts governor, according to Hank Hayes.
Last week, Roe endorsed Romney and mentioned the repeal pledge in a news release on Romney’s campaign Web site.
But Romney has been a political target for signing into law a state measure more than five years ago mandating Massachusetts residents to obtain a state-government-regulated minimum level of health care insurance coverage.
Roe, in a conference call with reporters, said he spoke with Romney about the health care reform law also known as the Affordable Care Act.
“He said if he is president he will give a waiver immediately to any state that wants it,” Roe, R-Tenn., said of the conversation with Romney. “He told me he would sign to repeal it. He told me that out of his own mouth.”
Roe voted to repeal the health care reform law — a measure that passed in the GOP-controlled House but not in the Democrat-led Senate. He has also sponsored legislation to repeal a provision in the law.
That provision would create an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to rein in Medicare spending.
Roe has more than 200 House co-sponsors to repeal the IPAB, and he pledged to seek Senate support next year.

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