“The president failed to learn the lessons that came from the experience in Massachusetts," Romney said on NBC's "Meet the Press," saying a state-by-state approach is better than a "one-size-fits-all" plan.
“Perhaps the most important lesson the president, I think, failed to learn was, you have to tell the American people the truth. And when he told the American people that you could keep your health insurance if you wanted to keep that plan, period, he said that time and again, he wasn't telling the truth. And I think that fundamental dishonesty has really put in peril the whole foundation of his second term.”
Appearing almost exactly a year after the 2012 election, the former Republican presidential nominee said regardless of how you evaluate Obamacare, the fact that it was based on a lie shows the president can no longer lead.
“The fact that the president sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second term. I think it's rotting it away," Romney said. "We've got to have a president that can lead, and right now he's not able to do so.”
If the president had been honest from the get-go, Romney suggested the Affordable Care Act wouldn't have passed.
“Obamacare barely made it through Washington, as you know. And there is no question in my mind but had the president been truthful and told the American people that millions would lose their insurance and millions more would see their premiums skyrocket, had he told them that at the time it was going through Washington, there would have been such a huge cry against it, it would not have passed," Romney said.
Romney criticized the government shutdown over Obamacare, though, saying the only way to move forward is to for the GOP to take back control of Washington.
“The shutdown was not the right way to go, in my view, but the right way to replace Obamacare is to elect Republicans to the Senate and the House and, ultimately, the White House and repair Obamacare, replace it, and put in place something that’s going to do a better job,” Romney said.