Romney: Health Care Promises ‘Rotting’ Obama’s Second Term (VIDEO)

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Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate who lost to Barack Obama in 2012, said Sunday that the President’s “dishonesty” about his signature health care law was “rotting” his second term.

“Whether you like the model of Obamacare or not, the fact that the President has sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second term,” Romney said in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think it’s rotting it away.”

The former presidential candidate was referring to reports that millions of Americans had received cancellation notices from their insurers, which conservatives seized on to suggest Obama broke his oft-repeated campaign promise that people who were happy with their insurance plans could keep them under the Affordable Care Act.

Romney argued that state-based plans would be a better model to adopt than a “one-size-fits-all” health care system. To rebuild credibility, he said, the President must work with both Republicans and Democrats to rebuild the law.

“We’ve got to have a President that can lead, and right now he is not able to do so,” he said.

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