Back when he was governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney passed a health care bill that we'll call… let's see, what's the formula again? Right, last name + "care." Under RomneyCare, citizens of the Bay State are required to have health insurance, policies are portable and low-income individuals receive subsidies so they can afford their premiums. I understand the plan also offers free R-grafting, but nobody neah Hahvahd Yahd has signed up for it yet.
Any of these details sound familiar?
So Mitt's in a pickle: he wants to be the GOP candidate for 2012, but the GOP has decided to brand itself as "the party that opposes health care reform," which means- well, maybe Mitt can explain how he passed health care reform before he was against it:
Newsweek: Would you have ever expected, when you were putting the bill together in Massachusetts, that five years down the line members of your own party would be comparing what you did to socialism? Does the reaction surprise you?
Romney: Well, the whole health-care debate has become highly politicized. During the 2008 election, [out of] the 14 debates, [in] 12 of them, health care was raised, and I described our Massachusetts plan and defended that plan. There was very little energy or passion around that issue. But because of Obamacare, it's been politicized.
Duh, there was no need to "politicize" RomneyCare as socialism because Mitt Romney is not a socialist. Everyone knows that.
Newsweek: During one of the 2008 debates, Charles Gibson said, "You seem to have backed away from mandates on a national basis." And your response was, "No, no, I like mandates. The mandates work." Were you saying that you supported federal mandates then, even though you say you don't now?
Romney: No. We created an incentive for people to get insurance at the state level. Our plan is a state plan. I oppose a federal plan for purposes of federalism. It would be like saying, a father has spanked his son. Do you think that the federal government should be allowed to spank children?
He's absolutely right. The federal government should not be allowed to spank children.
That's Mitt Romney's job.
Tags: Health Care, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, Socialism