Daily Archives: March 10, 2011

Mitt(wit) Romney Chokes On His Own Foot Regarding Health Insurance Mandates

As you all probably know by now, back when Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts he signed into law a groundbreaking health care plan which insured nearly every person in the state by means of a personal mandate which forced residents to purchase health insurance. If a resident of the state failed to purchase such insurance after having been deemed financially capable of doing so, he/she faced a tax penalty. Romney accepted a lot of personal praise for his health plan and continued to extol its virtues right up until the time that he decided to run for President once again in 2012.

Mitt Romney is singing a different tune these days however. He fully realizes that by defending his Massachusetts law, he will alienate many Tea Party-influenced conservative voters who hate nothing more than what they call “ObamaCare”. Despite the incontrovertible fact that the Massachusetts plan that Romney signed into law in 2006 is essentially the blueprint for Obama’s plan, Romney now refers to the nation’s law as “an unconscionable abuse of power”. The truth is however,  that Romney is the only governor in American history ever to impose an individual health insurance mandate on his citizens. And an individual mandate, of course, is at the heart of Obama’s reform law. Both “RomneyCare” and “ObamaCare” rely on the same basic formula: a requirement that everyone purchase insurance and government assistance for those who can’t afford it.

In his attempt to distance himself from his very own plan, Romney is splitting hairs. At a speech before Republican voters in New Hampshire over the weekend, Romney insisted his plan was designed for Massachusetts, not the country. He said, “Our approach was a state plan intended to address problems that were in many ways unique to Massachusetts. Our experiment wasn’t perfect. Some things worked. Some didn’t. And some things I’d change. One thing I would never do is to usurp the constitutional power of states with a one-size-fits-all federal takeover.”

Problem is, that is not what Romney was saying even as late as 2009 during the national health-care debate. At that time the great big bogey-man to conservatives was a possible government funded and administered public-option. Romney, of course, opposed the public-option. In an interview with CNN at the time he said that his Massachusetts law could actually be the plan upon which a national law should be based. “I think there are a number of features in the Massachusetts plan that could inform Washington on ways to improve health care for all Americans” Romney told CNN. “The fact that we were able to get people insured without a government option is a model I think they can learn from.” He added in that same interview that he defended the personal mandate and referred to it as a “requirement” that allowed Massachusetts residents to secure a “tax exemption.” In other words, if they didn’t sign up for health insurance, residents would get hit with a tax. Here is how Romney described the personal mandate at the time,

“In order to get a tax exemption that you would normally get, you gotta have health insurance because we want everybody in the system. No more free riders. Everybody is part of the plan. And that way, we get the costs down. We let people know that they never have to worry about losing their coverage”

Those words will continue to haunt Mitt Romney for the duration of his Presidential campaign. Indeed, President Obama and his BFF, present Democratic Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, have both recently brought attention to Romney’s weak link. Realizing that Romney has the potential to pose a formidable threat to Obama’s re-election, both Obama and Patrick have recently heaped praise upon Romney for having had the foresight to design a law which has served as the blue-print for ObamaCare. This back-handed complement allies Romney with Obama and drives a wedge between Mitt(wit) and conservatives. For Obama, this is certainly a “hand well played”. For Romney however, the taste of his own foot must be awful.

BTW, while Romney attempts to steer all attention away from RomneyCare, he tries to focus attention on the fact that he knows what it takes to create jobs while Obama does not. Truth be told however, while Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, the Bay State ranked 47th out of 50 states in job creation. It is also interesting to note that Obama has now been in office for about 2 years and in Romney’s 2nd year as Governor, Massachusetts ranked 50th out of 50 in job creation. Turns out,the facts prove that Mitt Romney was good for health care and bad for jobs.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more singing along with today’s topical, song parody. Please enjoy!

The Great Pretender song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1oJuwkXr0E

MITT IS THE GREAT PRETENDER

(sung to The Platters song “The Great Pretender”)

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Pretending that he is so swell
His needs are such; he pretends too much
The truth he simply cannot tell

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Romney’s true beliefs are unknown
Mitt plays the game; flip-flops without shame
With no firm beliefs of his own

He was pro-choice he had us all believe
But when he faced strife, he switched up to pro-life

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
His opinion changes by town
Mitt claims to be what he’s not; you see
He wears his deceit like a crown
Romney is a flip-flopping clown

In Mass., health reform was what he achieved
He now says he feels health reform needs repeal

Yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Just switching positions around
Ol’ Mitt Romney is not what you see
He wears his deceit like a crown
Romney is a flip-flopping clown

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