Running From Romneycare

The CATO Institute, that whacky group of libertarians working directly in the belly of the beast, always does a good job of separating the wheat from the chaff wrt political issues that affect all of us. Their only axe to grind is in their mission statement ,”Promoting public policy based on individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peaceful international relations”. They also have an uncanny ability to drill down to the heart of the matter, such as this no nonsense video on Romneycare:

It should not surprise anyone that Romneycare has been (and will be) his biggest problem. Now I’m not saying he can’t over come this, not only has he had 4 years to wrap a bow around it and make it presentable, but look at Obama and his negatives (the inexperience, his propensity for voting “present on any legislation of substance, his radical guns views, his stance on BAIPA, his secrecy on his background, and the sordid cast of characters he surrounded himself with), yet, he managed to overcome all of these with the proper presentation.

But so far, Romney has gotten a pass on this healthcare abomination, he has been able to spin it with allegations that it perpetuates states rights, that it is more efficient and less costly, that it did not require him raising taxes, and that he (unlike Obama) did have popular support is enacting the legislation. sadly, very few of these are true. Now it is true that the majority of the tax increases needed to fund Romneycare did occur after he left office, but taxes were increased nonetheless to fund it, no getting around that. Half of Romneycare was financed through increased medicaid spending (federal dollars that all taxpayers fund, not just those in Mass.)

The one difference I will give him is that where Obama rammed his healthcare plan through at the dead of night with no one knowing what was in it and with little support, Romney did a better job of selling his plan and getting it passed into legislation with more of the people behind it, granted in a blue state.

I made the prediction last month that Romney will get the nomination (not going out on a limb considering his ability to draw money and his years of preparing for this moment), but I’m not happy about it. I have always believed that in a straight up fight between true a conservative and a true liberal in a national election, it would not even be close. But we never get to find out. And those leery of Romney tell us that putting up RINO’s never work, using the last election as another example. Personally, I think every election cycle has key issues that if championed properly can hide all the other warts and Romney has some big time warts.

I know many here think just about anyone the GOP puts up can trounce Obama. I took Obama for granted the last time, I know better now.

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  1. Mississippi Yankee

    Being originally from Massachusetts I was saddened and dismayed when RomneyCare came along. Even had several heated discussions with my “east coast elitist” brother about it.

    But a few years ago a very wise gentleman, who understood the Constitution perfectly, explained to me that for MA to attempt this plan was exactly how the the process was supposed to work. He described each state as a petri dish running it’s own experiment in a free society. And when one of them finds a successful plan it can then be considered on a national level.

    Obviously, if you look at the present MA numbers, The Plan was not ready for prime-time, nor in my opinion ever would. And this administration knew it. And there lies the crime.

    One is a failed experiment and other was a criminal attempt to take over an entire industry.

    My non vote for Romney won’t matter in a presidential election as the popular vote does not elect but my non vote in the primary may help someone else. Hopefully a Right Thinker.

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  2. Retluocc1

    I lived and worked in MA under Romney, so I can provide a little extra context that may not be offered in the current national coverage. The Massachusetts state legislature was/is about 75-80% liberal Democrat. And, they had been eager to have some kind of statewide healthcare reform for a while – this is, after all, Ted Kennedy’s home state.

    The offers from the legislature were much more like full-on socialist, single-payer systems. Relative to that, Romneycare was “conservative” in that it wasn’t quite as godawful as it might have been. I’m not going to argue that what they got was GOOD, only that it was BETTER than any likely alternative.

    Off topic, but similar: Romney often catches shit for allowing gay marriage in Massachusetts. However, after Goodridge v. Department of Public Health (the MA Supreme Court case that started it all) Romney’s response was to attempt to follow the rules of government and get some workable compromise (I think it was for civil unions) passed through the legislature. When that failed, he worked to get a ballot initiative out there so the people of Massachusetts could have their say.

    I’d love Romney to step away from Romneycare and admit what M.Y. says above (i.e. – that it was an failed experiment that has exposed fatal flaws in insurance mandates but that it was ultimately what the people of Massachusetts supported at the time). I think it’s a mistake to try to defend the – nonexistent – success of the program. But I do think that there’s a path to explain that Romney’s actions as Governor were an effort to have the government listen to the people and act in accordance with their needs and wants. And isn’t the current kerfuffle (whether Tea Party or OWS) all about the fact that Washington never actually listens to the people?

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