Romney says he accepts being linked to Obamacare

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Associated Press

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 20 at 5:02 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Mitt Romney says it's a compliment to be called the grandfather of Obamacare, the health care law championed by President Barack Obama and scorned by Republicans — including Romney himself.

Obama has said the health care law Romney backed while governor of Massachusetts is the basis of the federal Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010.

Speaking at a Univision forum Wednesday night, the Republican presidential nominee said that now and then Obama calls him the grandfather of Obamacare.

Romney said, "I don't think he meant that as a compliment, but I'll take it." He went on to defend the Massachusetts law but says it is wrong for the federal government to take that approach.

Grandfather or not, Romney has pledged to repeal Obamacare if elected president.

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