Gov. Walker: We learned from Romney on health care

July 2, 2012

By Leigh Ann Caldwell,

As Republicans are on the attack against the health care law after the Supreme Court ruled the individual mandate portion of the law is constitutional, Republicans also defended their presidential candidate who passed a similar mandate while governor of Massachusetts.

After the Supreme Court announced Thursday that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, Romney lashed out, calling the law – which is similar to law he enacted as governor – “bad policy” and a “job killer,” and demanded that it should be repealed.

On “Face the Nation,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Mitt Romney’s credibility is not at stake on the issue of health care, and said that the Massachusetts governor understands that health care is a state issue.

“I think what he shows is, as a former governor he understands the best place to tackle this is the state level, and he understands you learn from the lessons of other states,” Walker said.

While Romney was governor, he passed an individual mandate as the central part of his health care bill, and defined the penalties for those who don’t purchase health insurance as a tax – which is how the Supreme Court defined the president’s health care law.

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