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Mitt Romney will call for repeal of "Obamacare" at U of M

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Mitt Romney celebrating his victory in Michigan's Republican presidential primary in 2008.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will be in Ann Arbor later today to talk about the nation’s health care system.  The Republican presidential contender is expected to outline a path away from the nation’s recently enacted health care reform law.  

Mitt Romney will outline his plan to change the nation’s health care system to an invitation only audience at the University of Michigan's Cardiovascular Center. 

Romney has been extremely critical of the health care reform law enacted last year, even though it’s very similar to a law he enacted as governor of Massachusetts. 

Romney’s speech will address his proposal to repeal and replace the recently enacted health care law.  The former governor’s plan lets states come up with their own ways to care for the poor, uninsured and chronically ill.  Romney’s plan would also give a tax deduction to people who buy their own health insurance.   

The University of Michigan put out a press release Wednesday distancing the university from Romney.   U of M insists Romney’s use of a university auditorium to make his speech should not be construed as an endorsement of the plan or Romney by the University of Michigan. 

 

Here's an outline of Romney's health care plan.

 

Mitt Romney’s 2012 Principles for Healthcare Reform:

 

  • Restore to the states the responsibility and resources to care for their poor, uninsured, and chronically ill.
  • Give a tax deduction to those who buy their own health insurance, just like those who buy it through their employers.
  • Streamline the federal regulation of healthcare.
  • Reduce the influence of lawsuits on medical practice and costs.
  • Make healthcare more like a consumer market and less like a government program.
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