Why Oh Why Didn’t Mitt Turn Romneycare Into A Positive?
I never thought that Mitt Romney would have defended Romneycare. Instead of being the weakest candidate on this issue, he could have been untouchable. Here is a simple presentation:
Yes, we tried the individual mandate. In those days, other Conservatives accepted the personal responsibility argument instead of the Constitution, our mistake. Massachusetts was the optimal state to try this experiment. We have a sophisticated healthcare provider, hospital, and payer system. We do not have illegal immigration problems like Texas has. But still, it did not work. I had to request federal funding from Tommy Thompson on his last day as Secretary. I, more than any other candidate, can prove why government at any level should not be mandating that its citizens purchase healthcare insurance or any product for that matter. Other states would be wise not to repeat our mistake.
But Mitt appears to believe in it. If he doesn’t, then he better read Roger Ailes book, kick some consultants to the curb, and start being more transparent. Otherwise we are being asked to believe that he will zealously work to repeal a system that works just fine. He has not confronted the sirens in this corrupt city and they have taken down many a good man. Yes the Constitutional argument is good enough for me. But sadly most Americans do not yet share this frame of reference or use the same language. Nor do they want a President to sit idly by while other states embark on their Obamacare experiments using federal Medicare and Medicaid money.