Rep. Paul Ryan: Romneycare Carried ‘Seeds’ of Obamacare


( – House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Tuesday that the health-care reform plan that Gov. Mitt Romney signed in Massachusetts carried “seeds” of the national heatlh-care reform plan later signed by President Barack Obama.

“Were there seeds for these policy ideas in Massachusetts? Sure I think there were,” Ryan told Tuesday, during a conference call to preview a major address he will give later this week to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington

But Ryan said that presidential hopeful Mitt Romney “has done a pretty good job of suggesting” that he would not impose on the national level any individual mandate requiring people to purchase health insurance.

Moreover, regardless of whomever becomes the GOP nominee, Ryan said, “We’re not going there” — meaning that Republicans would not support imposing an individual mandate had asked Ryan:

“Congressman, a lot of people, including President Obama, have said that Romneycare, which mandates people buy health insurance and provides subsidies for up to 300 percent of poverty level, was the model for Obamacare. Do you agree?”

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