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Romney in 2009: Obama Should Support Obamacare


By John Martin - Posted on 06 July 2012

We all know that the Heritage Foundation, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch and a whole slew of other Republicans and conservatives over the past 20 years have backed healthcare reform with an individual mandate as its centerpiece. By now, almost every American voter also knows that Mitt Romney signed Obamacare-light into law as governor of Massachusetts. What's not discussed nearly as often, however, is that Romney also advocated for the adoption of Obamacare early on in the Obama presidency.

Back in 2009, the liberal Democrats in Congress were pushing for a single payer system, or, short of that, a public option-- which would allow individuals to be covered until a plan run by the federal government. Fearing that one of these plans would inevitably be backed by the President, Romney took what he probably believed was the reasonable route and advocated for the passage of Obamacare in a USA Today Op-Ed. He claimed that if Obama took his advice, he would help the country get the healthcare reform it deserved ande would earn the support of Republicans.
 
So here it is-- Romney's blueprint of Obamacare, before it earned that name: no "public option;" tax penalties for those with no coverage; public money to help people get coverage; a plan that won't burden the nation with greater debt.
 
Massachusetts also proved that you don't need government insurance. Our citizens purchase private, free-market medical insurance. There is no "public option." With more than 1,300 health insurance companies, a federal government insurance company isn't necessary. It would inevitably lead to massive taxpayer subsidies, to lobbyist-inspired coverage mandates and to the liberals' dream: a European-style single-payer system. To find common ground with skeptical Republicans and conservative Democrats, the president will have to jettison left-wing ideology for practicality and dump the public option.
 
Our experience also demonstrates that getting every citizen insured doesn't have to break the bank. First, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance. Using tax penalties, as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages "free riders" to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others. This doesn't cost the government a single dollar. Second, we helped pay for our new program by ending an old one — something government should do more often. The federal government sends an estimated $42 billion to hospitals that care for the poor: Use those funds instead to help the poor buy private insurance, as we did.
 
...Republicans are not the party of "no" when it comes to health care reform. This Republican is proud to be the first governor to insure all his state's citizens. Other Republicans such as Rep. Paul Ryan and Sens. Bob Bennett and John McCain, among others, have proposed their own plans. Republicans will join with the Democrats if the president abandons his government insurance plan, if he endeavors to craft a plan that does not burden the nation with greater debt, if he broadens his scope to reduce health costs for all Americans, and if he is willing to devote the rigorous effort, requisite time and bipartisan process that health care reform deserves.  
 
And if you are looking for more, here's Morning Joe making fun of Mitt's op-ed a few months ago:
 
 
Love this new breed of Democrats coming out with (gasp?) a little spunk and muscle. How about a new slogan: Who's Your Daddy? Lol. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Sunday that Mitt Romney is the “daddy” of the Affordable Care Act. “Let’s get down to the bottom line here,” Durbin said on CBS’ “Face The Nation.” “Mitt Romney is the Obamacare daddy. He gave birth to this baby up in Massachusetts, and now he doesn’t recognize it.”

Very cool.  If this line proves to be effective, one has to wonder if Bill Clinton and Ed Rendell will scold Democrats for saying it. But as for now... let it roll.

Hate to say this, but Santorum was right on the money when he said Romney was the absolutely worst candidate for president because he is the father of "Obamney care". I for one love love love the affordable care act (aka Obama care). If the government is going to spend money it only makes sense it spends it on the most in need rather than on ones that already have and overflowing especially in an economy that was crippled by the very policies Romney-Ryan are fighting tooth and nail to restore(aka tax cuts for the rich, such a senseless plan). And Mitt is not only pathetic on the health care debate, he is pathetic on all levels and issues given that he is wishy washy on everything. He picks Paul Ryan. He picks a running mate that wants to be nothing but filthy rich like him (mitt) and he (ryan) will stoop to any level to get there. My first reaction was "W T F! this man is a really inept candidate". Now, we have 2 lying blood (or should I say money) suckers who do nothing but lie, shamelessly, to the people right in our faces and claim this and that. The medicare lies for me took the cake. To have Ryan and other republican candidates go parade their mothers and other less vulnerable seniors in front of much more vulnerable seniors (who need the program strengthened due to their financial situations) and lie that they [republicans) are the ones trying to strengthen medicare and not Obama is just too much for me to stomach their BS any longer. Fact is and I want everyone to let every senior around them aware, Romney-Ryan will indeed change the face of medicare, it will take the $716B Obama cut from the insurance companies to give to seniors and they(romney-ryan)instead will give all that money back to the insurance company. WTF. These people are so shameless about who they represent (the big oil, financial, insurance companies). My only prayers every night for America now are that money not steal this election and instead people get motivated to make sure the power of the people prevails. Obama must win this election. Obama must get for more years to keep the economy growing (slowly up is better than reverse). Romney-Ryan plan will resuck the life out of the slowing growing economy and we will be back in a deeper trench than the Bush-Cheney got us into. Cheney will not rest until this country is completely out of the hands of we the people. I don't understand why he thinks that is patriotic. NO Cheney No Romnney No Ryan. Not now, NEVER!

this post is amazing!

I know this is not the proper spot...but things have changed since I was last here bout hmmm..last winter I reckon it were...anyhow, how do you start a thread and holy crap I forgot my password and username and its like fort knox trying to get back in here.....in case yas dont know who it is...its your favorite old troll of the year winner blakeyV....I had intentions of being here more regular last time I came and then got busy..forgot password again..and said heck with it....so hope ya all been well and hope from now till election time to see more of yas....

I was trying to post a blog also but it seems like a ghost town here. The last posting was almost two months ago. Is there are new site we are unaware of?

No clue....I am amazed that no one is here ...
Hi Blakey, Hope things are going well for you. All the RFO action is now on their Facebook page. Lots of discussions over there. I look at it sometimes, but I don't post political opinions on FB. Miss hearing what you, Suzi, Kelly, Tom etc. think about the issues.

Hey Brandon....I generally avoid that on Facebook as well...as I like to remain family friendly and I tend to go alittle overboard haha....so sucks no one is here anymore.....why they even keep the site going...anyone ever do that chat on sorcery ? and I been thinking who was the lady from Texas that I always talked to there..miss talking to her...I think her name started with an m..

I use to only post politics bits at a time but this race is way to close for comfort so if a friend of a freind sees new info I am happy. For the outright divisive thoughts I will be posting them here where they will be understood :)

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