The Boston Globe reports that Tom Stemberg, the founder of office-supply retailer Staples, has died. Stemberg started Staples with the help of Mitt Romney's Bain Capital investment firm, and the two men became friends.
The Globe quotes Romney speaking fondly of Stemberg and his influence on the future Republican nominee for president:
Romney also credited Mr. Stemberg with persuading him to push for health care reform in Massachusetts when he was governor.
Romney said that shortly after he was elected, Mr. Stemberg asked him why he ran for governor. Romney said he told him that he wanted to help people, and Mr. Stemberg replied that if he really wanted to help, he should give everyone access to health care, which Romney said he hadn’t really considered before.
“Without Tom pushing it, I don’t think we would have had Romneycare,” Romney said. “Without Romneycare, I don’t think we would have Obamacare. So, without Tom a lot of people wouldn’t have health insurance.”
In 2012, Romney promised that if elected president he would "repeal Obamacare on Day One." He even ran a TV ad about that after the Supreme Court upheld the law. Here's the video:
The architects of the federal health-care law have often cited the Massachusetts law, signed by Romney when he was governor, as a source of inspiration, particularly the state law's individual mandate.
Attorney Gloria Allred has reportedly been planning a pre-Election Day surprise targeting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The key for the attention-seeking lawyer, it seems, is to uncover "Mitt Romney’s 1991 testimony in the divorce of Staples founder Tom Stemberg," the Boston Globereports. But a document revealing the judge's ruling on the case in 1994 suggests the case has long been legally settled.