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President Obama and governor Mitt Romney are going head to head over the supreme -- health care decision and a 54 opinion.
The court declared the individual mandate constitutional.
But the president's administration insists it is not white house Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Friday it's a penalty because -- have a choice you don't have a choice to pay your taxes right.
You have a choice to buy if you can afford health insurance.
Here to respond senior advisor to the Romney campaign former Missouri senator Jim Talent senator thank you for joining us.
Hey thank you Shannon good to be with you.
All right so I got it bring up first -- interlinked with the campaign how they planned to answer the charge from those who say.
That governor Romney himself was a fan of the mandate before he wasn't.
Well governor around -- plan.
And the president's plan are just polar opposites -- the Romney plan reduce the size -- government.
I mean it in reforming the Massachusetts health -- marker by reducing regulations and giving people more choices.
There was no entries are very little increase in state spending no burden on small business nobody was forced out of there.
Health care plan and we know that all those things -- true of the Obama plan it's a huge increasing government.
Up to thirty million people don't lose their health care two trillion dollars in cost.
So -- just polar opposite plans by the way.
It in the years after the Massachusetts plan was passed individual premiums of Massachusetts went down 40%.
Premiums are going up in the United States as a result of obamacare.
I wanna play a little bit of what the president had to say after winning the case this week -- this is what he had to say in characterizing that -- That's why even though I knew -- be politically popular and resisted the idea when I ran for this office.
We ultimately included a provision in the Affordable Care Act that people who can afford to buy health insurance should take the responsibility to do so.
In fact -- ideas enjoyed support from members of both parties including the current Republican nominee for president.
So how do you respond to that you know that it despite her explanation that the president is going to use that in the campaign if he has to talk about that -- -- sure.
Well -- if there's a big difference between a mandate in a state.
Where health insurance costs are going down and there are more choices available for people.
That a national mandate in health insurance -- where costs are going way up.
And when you're forcing everybody to buy a one size fits all plan and look we're just gonna -- to the president something's wrong with a plan.
But you have to force -- -- doing.
To participate in.
To buy and then give hundreds of companies and unions waivers from -- they don't want to participate in it this plans a loser for.
The United States in Massachusetts plan has been popular and an effective in reducing costs there.
I'd sit -- and issue of the economy that we as film and it will be for voters when it gets to November still the top but issue that they report in the polling shows that that's the number one thing they care about -- he.
How do you think that the governor will be able to distinguish what he can do for this country.
Verses what the president can.
Well we're gonna continue making the point that the president has just not kept his promises on the economy and it's just.
Again it's it's it's it's settle it's not really.
Argued the 6% it's been over 8% for longer than says the Great Depression of course as you know.
The only reason it's technically 8% instead of in the in the -- -- that so many people have just gotten discouraged and quit looking for work.
I there's just.
Median family income the United States is down 4000 dollars.
Whereas governor Romney's record and messages he took on a multi billion dollar deficit turned it into into a positive.
Massachusetts begin producing jobs shot up in the rankings among the states.
In terms of of job production while he was governor so again we're we're gonna run on those two records a big government record that's hurt the economy.
And a record of reducing the size and power government on the economy and creating jobs -- former senator Jim Talent thank you sir for your time today.
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