Mitt Romney: ‘Without Romneycare, I Don’t Think We Would Have Obamacare’

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney surprised political observers Friday by saying: “Without Romneycare, I don’t think we would have Obamacare.”

His comments came in a obituary of Thomas Stemberg, the founder of Staples, who died Friday. Staples opened in 1986 with the help of Romney and his firm Bain Capital.

Romney is quoted in a Boston Globe story saying Stemberg encouraged him to implement a healthcare law in Massachusetts while governor.

When running for president in 2012, Romney faced questions about the similarities of Obama’s plan to his, both of which required citizens to have health insurance. But the Republican, who vowed to repeal Obamacare, often said he didn’t want the Massachusetts plan replicated at the national level.

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