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Likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former governor of liberal Massachusetts, could be looking at trouble ahead from tea party activists in 2012. Amy Kremer, president of the influential Tea Party Express, says the health law Romney signed when he was governor will "absolutely not" be acceptable to the movement.

Kremer made the comment to David Brody of Christian Broadcasting Network. When Brody asked her if the "Massachusetts healthcare situation" will fly with the tea party movement, she responded, "Absolutely not. I'm being honest here." She added that "the days of people being able to do one thing in their state in front of a microphone, and then going to Washington and doing something else" are over: "The Internet, and 24-hour news cycles changed it all, and these people don't have short memories, they're digging up everything from the past, and they're not going to let go of the health care."

Romney promoted and signed a bill that is similar to the new federal health law in some key respects, including a requirement that everyone buy coverage, subsidies to help low-income people afford the policies, and online exchanges or marketplaces where people can comparison-shop for policies. Democrats have said it served as a model for the bill President Obama signed.

More than 50 million Americans are uncovered. Under the new federal law, an additional 32 million people are projected to have health insurance by 2019. The law also tightens regulation of insurance companies, adds consumer protections and projects a range of savings as a result of, among other things, curbing Medicare growth, coordinating care and offering incentives for better care.

Republicans campaigned this year in part on pledges to repeal "Obamacare," which they called a symbol of big government run amok. Romney and other conservatives initially pitched the purchase requirement as a matter of people taking personal responsibility for health expenses rather than expecting others to foot the bill for care they receive but can't afford. He has said he supports the right of states to do what's right for them and opposes the federal law because it imposes the same system on all states.

More than 97 percent of Massachusetts residents have health insurance, much better than the national rate of about 85 percent. And the system is popular -- a poll last year found that residents of the state support it by a 2-to-1 margin.

The Tea Party Express poured money into Republican primaries and played a key role in the Senate nominations of Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. Both went on to lose.

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miwabu

So if an illegal goes to the hospital and does not have insurance does that meen they are turned away? of course not we still need health insurance just not cover illegals, no goverment money so now what.

November 11 2010 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J.R.

If the health care bill is so good everyone should ask themslves why is it not good enough for politicians and there familys

November 11 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Jill

Politicians do think it will be good enough for them. The law requires them to get their insurance on the exchanges that will be set up in 2014.

November 11 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
pkatcher

the TEA party had narrow focus and noarrower brains medical coverage for americans is important..cull out the improper beneficiaries and lets cover al lamericans SINCE uninsured cost MORE and use facilities such as emergency roomos instead of primary care Dr's ER's cost 10 x what a primary card Dr would and prevents long hospital stays UNIRUSED which we ALL pay for by higher rates

November 11 2010 at 12:06 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
David

Jill Lawrence, Please, and I am saying please, stop interjecting your bias into articles. I was really honestly looking forward to reading a story about interaction between Romney and the Tea Party on Mass. Health care and it's effect on him running in 2012 and it took you all of three paragraphs to change the tone to those nasty Republican's and their opposition to Obamacare. We get it, dear! You don't like Republicans. But that's why we elected these 'crazy, racist, ignorant teabaggers' Nobody else was listening. And, this is most important; electing idiots like Rand Paul in Kentucky (yes, I voted for him and I hate him but I hated more what Conway was representing; nothing more than business as usual) sends a message to both Democrats and Republicans: we'll take a Witch, a fool, a former governor who is about as smart as dryer lint over any political candidate that promises change for the sake of change or business as usual. See, Jill? See, I can take an opening statement and change it to my true political viewpoints as well as you. Please Stop and just report the facts. They are far more interesting anyway.

November 11 2010 at 12:00 PM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply
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kfoley7777

I can't find the "injected bias": all of the references to Republicans are fact - Romney is a Republican, the Republicans did campaign on "repeal and replace" Obamacare, Amy Kremer said what she said, and Tea Party Express poured money into Republican primaries.

November 11 2010 at 12:26 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
bpdarling

I think Ms. Lawrence is a well respected and very credible journalist, and this article is VERY accurate in my opinion. I think Tea party folks get a little rattled when it is PROVEN that most of the things they complain about is TOTALLY FALSE! It's time to call these people out! ROmney had a good model, it's working in his state, and the national plan is modeled after Romney's law. So, the tea party is turning into political CANNIBALS! The GOP as we know it has been INFECTED with this radical fringe ideology that makes little sense at all, and I am VERY GLAD that the health care LAW is LAW. It's NOT going to get repealed, and it;s NOT going to get defunded.....and if the tea party and the republicans want to go down that road, they best get ready for a BIGGER tsunami in 2012, because 70 or 80 seats in the house will go BACK to forward leaning Democrats and AWAY from these tea party radicals.

November 11 2010 at 4:00 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
trb2244

I question your assertion that the Romney healthcare is popular in Massachusetts: the election of Scott Brown suggests otherwise. What business is it of government whether or not I have a private contract to cover my health expenses? The idea is truly intrusive, even more so than attempts to regulate "reproductive health". Regardless of how many folks have no coverage, (and many choose not to buy it) the so-called reform bill is a more dangerous remedy than the illness it purportedly seeks to cure.

November 11 2010 at 11:24 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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tplapper

I knew this would haunt Romney. The flip flop on gay marriage will also hurt his chances of getting elected.

November 11 2010 at 11:16 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
jolmy

How dare 32 million additional people have access to affordable insurance? Why Thomas Jefferson would have... well done SOMETHING!!

November 11 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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bcmstore

I don't think he would have ever imagined the American people paying for people who are not American citizens. Let alone them being illegal and allowed to stay and suck a dried out system even further in the whole taking away for legal citizens.

November 11 2010 at 11:38 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Gilchat

bcmstore, I'm not so sure it's that easy to deduce what Jefferson's reaction to today's undocumented immigrants would be. Though he opposed the concept of slavery, he owned slaves himself. He believed in the inferiority of blacks, but fathered the children of one of his slaves. He did think slaves should eventually be freed, but he also felt they should not be allowed to stay in this country, lest they resent and retaliate against their former owners. Based on that history, you might be correct that Jefferson would advocate the removal of illegal immigrants. But his political and moral stances were not always without fault.

November 11 2010 at 4:13 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Chris

"The Tea Party Express poured money into Republican primaries and played a key role in the Senate nominations of Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. Both went on to lose." What did that have to do with the rest of article?

November 11 2010 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jill

The Tea Party Express is very influential and has lots of money. It will be bad news for Romney if they actively oppose him.

November 11 2010 at 2:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
eddield

Well, it is an article about a leader of the Tea Party voicing her opinion about the Romney health care program.. duh... I think the point is perhaps they don't have the clout tha Fox news claims they do

November 13 2010 at 11:11 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

The idea of covering all of Massachusetts residents backfired, including in their mounting debt $35 million which has been documented going to illegals for their care. the US needs a national ID card. You don't have the ID certified by an immigration/individual state officer you don't get jobs, medical care, schools, mortgages, banks, etc. You would have to provide your birth certificate or residency card with driver's license, passport, etc. once the officer after a few questions is certain you are who you are legal he issues the ID then gives you back ALL of the identification that you provided. The government keeps no docs.

November 11 2010 at 10:57 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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bpdarling

I disagree. The program is VERY popular, and almost ALL Masachusetts residents participate. Obviously you do not live in Massachusetts. I believe your assessment of the situation is completely INACCURATE. Have a nice day.

November 11 2010 at 3:55 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

I was born and raised in Mass at a time when the factories were full and functioning. I left then went back to college there. Many of the factories closed. Many family members moved away. The ones that remain are struggling especially the ones without a college education, some have their own businesses and struggling. If they are spending $36 million for health care for persons who are not legally here that would be more than enough for a state ID card. I don't want to pay another dime in taxes for the 20 million who have overstayed their welcome. There are over 35 visas let them apply legally. Today Pelosi is talking about the Dream Act again, free education for the children of illegals, just how much are you willing to pay???

November 11 2010 at 4:54 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

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