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Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Latest Evidence Of Romney’s Health Care Flip-Flop

The Latest Evidence Of Romney’s Health Care Flip-Flop

A new Wall Street Journal report is the latest reminder that Mitt Romney was once a strong supporter of the same health care policies that he now campaigns to repeal.

Although the Romney administration famously removed all emails and hard drives from the governor’s office on its way out, the Journal was able to obtain a collection of the administration’s internal emails through a public records request. The emails show that Romney was intimately involved in the passage of Massachusetts’ health care law, and that he was a strident supporter of the controversial individual mandate.

“We must have an individual mandate for any plan to work,” Tim Murphy, Romney’s health secretary, wrote to the governor on February 16, 2006. He added that the Democratic health care proposal was unclear on this point.

In another email, Romney himself uses the exact same logic that supporters of President Obama’s health care law have used to defend the individual mandate.

“Either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on government is not libertarian,” Romney wrote in a draft of what would later become an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. “An uninsured libertarian might counter that he could refuse the free care, but under law, that is impossible—and inhumane.”

Another email shows that Romney’s aides even considered a plan to publicly shame employers that didn’t offer insurance by publishing their names in the Boston Globe.

“I know the dems hate this, but we can also [throw] back in the Gov’s original notion of having some sort of ‘public disclosure’ of employers who promote a culture of uninsurance,” wrote key Romney adviser Cindy Gillespie on February 13, 2006. “The Globe would love it and it would keep the issue of the uninsured front and center.”

It should come as no surprise that Romney’s administration strongly supported the mandate; after all, he has said on camera that “I like mandates” and that mandates represent the “ultimate conservatism.” Still, they serve as a helpful reminder that the individual mandate was once championed by conservatives, not decried as socialism.

Furthermore, the emails underscore the point that Romney cannot talk about his crowning achievement as governor. Given that his time at Bain Capital and his economic record as Massachusetts governor have been easy targets for attack, Romney would certainly love to talk up his role in creating a law that — as he claimed in an April 12, 2006 email — would help “hundreds of thousands of people…have healthier and happier lives.”

Unfortunately for Romney, the right wing fringe doesn’t seem interested in any health care reform aside from “let him die!” So Romney will continue to call for the repeal of Obamacare, and voters will continue to wonder how his Republican colleagues in Congress plan to replace it.

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  • Of course Mitt was a supporter of the mandate in Mass. That is the only way that private insurance can ever cover most, if not all, citizens. Unless we go for the public option or Medicare for all. Check this out from the Heritage Foundation written by Edmund Haislmaier dated April 11, 2006 in reference to Mitt and Romneycare.

    ‘Rommey also pointed out that to allow people to go without health insurance when they can expect someone else to pay the tab for their treatment is a ‘de facto’ mandate on providers and taxpayers.’ That comment was certainly true then and it is still today.

    For several decades the battle cry of the GOP has been personal responsibility. Well here we are today finding that the first time Congress tries to get the freeloaders off the backs of the American taxpayer, and those with insurance the GOP runs to the Supremes begging for relief. Give me a break you phonies. Dumping personal responsibility after decades of decrying the nanny-state and other fictions would be amusing if not so destructve. If the Supremes do indeed overturn they will be perpetuating the nanny-state (for health-care) as far as you can see. I’ve been paying into the insurance for over 40 years and I very tired of the ‘de facto’ mandate that I’ve been protecting with my tax dollars and insurance premiums. How about you?

    Well perhaps we won’t have to listen to the false talking point of personal responsibility from them anymore. If the court overturns the ACA health care will become an even bigger fiasco then it is today. Nice going Tea Party, you have have guaranteed another generation of dead beats sucking off the citizens who pay taxes and take part in the workings of society. No fines or penalties for not taking part in American society, and in fact the reward will be truly free health care for those without insurance. The rest of us fools still paying had better get used to bending over for even higher insurance costs due to the freeloaders bleeding the rest of us dry. The freeloaders backed by the TP and the Supreme’s will have won showing that those of still paying are just suckers. Be careful what you wish folks, you might just get it.

    • Ed

      Lynda, TCH. Tch. You are absolutely right. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Unfortunately rational arguments raise no emotions and Americans continue to vote against their own self interest in order to fight “socialism”, although most Americans wouldn’t know socialism if they carried it in their wallet.

      • ExPAVIC

        Wait a little longer

        I am sure that Mittens will hear this again during the debates during which the younger and smarter Obama will proceed to kick the American Taliban Republican’s butt up around his shoulder blades.

        This expressed in technical terms.

    • We have always been our own worst enemy!

    • Lynda, you have a beautiful way with words. You should read the latest story about Romney’s emails that have now come out. He took the hard drives when he left office hoping to keep secret the email conversations between him and his staff. Funny they use the same arguments President Obama is using, but least we forget it’s a Democrat using them and that is different!!!

  • ObozoMustGo

    It’s funny how the headline of the article suggests one thing, but the actual content is quite different. Typical Henry Decker, useful idiot, ploy. The emails cited are NOT EVEN ROMNEY’S. Believe me, I don’t need to defend Romney on his MA healthcare debacle and I won’t. But attributing the writings of others to Romney in a deliberately misleading way for no other reason than to write a hit-piece and stir up the leftist nutjobs around here is pretty low, Henry. It certainly is NOT what one would call objective “journalism”.

    Have a nice day!

    • MustGo, do you use your brain for anything else besides keeping your ears apart? Research Romney’s time as governor of Massachusetts and his healthcare bill that was passed because of his support. You will find that Romney’s healthcare bill is what the National Affordable Medical Bill is based on including the mandate that everyone has to have insurance or be fined. You will also find out that he did not do all the great things he claims to have done as governor. There was hardly any job growth in Mass. when he was governor but there was plenty of job losses. If you did your own research instead of relying on the Republicans and Fox News you would learn that Romney and the Republican Teaparty aren’t the ones that will save the economy jobs in the United States but that they will take it down the same destructive path that Bush 2 and The Republican party took it down when they were power from 2001-2006. Don’t have a nice day.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Redneck… according to the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution, states are free to legislate such things on their own. It’s NOT a federal matter. But Obozocare IS a federal matter that must be adjudicated under US Constitutional law. Like I said, I won’t defend Romney or Romneycare. He’ll have to do that on his own. But what I am sayin is that state law and Constitutional Law are 2 radically different things.

        Sorry to pop your bubble. I am here to help.

        Have a nice day!

    • joyscarbo

      Now, my friend, I can’t let you get away with this statement.
      You can’t try to defend Mitt now. Mitt is a BIGGER, more AUDACIOUS flip-flopper than John Kerry was accused of being in 2004!! You remember what happened to him, right?
      If you can blame Obama for the comments of his staff and the failings of his administration then Romney must be held to your same exacting standards!!
      The Obama USED Romneycare to design the Healthcare Reform Act. It’s a well-known fact that you really can’t deny.
      Sorry, Bozo, you can’t be hypocritical on this. It is what it is. You should be demanding answers from your party about his very “left leaning” past. You should be concerned because all the flip-flopping will come back to bite him. He’ll be outed as a liar.

      Hope your upcoming week is a good one….Have a nice day, my friend!
      Best regards…

      • ObozoMustGo

        Good morning Joy! If you read my comment, you would notice that I said “Believe me, I don’t need to defend Romney on his MA healthcare debacle and I won’t.”

        My only point was that the headline of the article and the content were 2 completely different things. It was deliberately misleading. That’s all.

        By the way, there is no need to attribute other’s comments to Obozo. He makes enough of them on his own to give us indications about how he thinks.

        Have a great week to you as well, Joy. I think you may be busy with that little granddaughter of yours! Congratulationis again!!!! 🙂

  • This article is a true picture of the flipflopper – Romney that we know in Massachussetts. Next will be Mormon Pastor Romney and his links to underage forced marriages and his association with Warren Jeff in Mormon Church. Romney is yet hiding the issues around his donations towards Mormon court expenses in defence of the Children Rapist – Warren Jeff.

  • William Deutschlander

    The Republican Party up to and including Tricky Dicky Nixon was rather sensible, would negotiate, would compromise and had some sense of duty to the public at large. Since, dishonored Nixon the Republican Party has taken on a selfish, greedy, nasty, unsocial agenda to Represent only the select few. This has been accomodated by the unthinking generational republican who is rural, financialy handicapped, less informed and just obediently follows a long standing famiy tradition, and can be counted on to vote Republican regardless.

    This complacency is an extreme danger to our country and Democracy.

    The basic Keystone of Democracy and our country is an informed, inteligent voter who documents facts for his or her self. It is a physical impossibility for one political party to have ALL of the correct candidates for every government office. Therefore the voter must obtain fact and make his or her vote decision, for each candidate, based on those honest facts.

    It is a RIGHT and a serious RESPONSIBILITY to VOTE, but your vote must be based on true, honest, factual information which is not normaly supplied by any political party.

  • ijac234

    Whenever I bring this up to my GOP friends they say it only supports the illegal immigrants and the other freeloaders in this country.However when an American citizen who does not have health care insurance like the rednecks in NC or ARK ,Miss.and the like,even here in Mass.gets seriously injured,or somehow contracts a serious disease they cry like babies in the ER,saying you cannot refuse me care.Well I do not know about you folks but I say let those idiots go to hell and heal themselves.I am sick and tired of paying more on my health care insurance because they are to cheap to get their own.

  • karinursula

    I still to this day I can’t understand why most Americans fight health insurance. I grew up in Germany, but have lived in this country for 40 years. Health insurance is a way of life in
    Germany. Of course it is mandated unless you are self-employed. Of course people will call it Socialism, but I don’t see any difference in the freedom of the Germans and us. I worked with enough friends who told me that they could not afford the Insurance. I was lucky, since my husband was a career soldier in the Air Force. I find it very sad that people lose their House because of medical bills.

  • howa4x

    This is were the debates will be fun, and Obama can pin him down on this, and you can really see Mitt flip/flop around on it
    Actually I think it was originally proposed by Dole and Hatch to blunt Hillary care from taking hold and to provide a Republican idea on the health care issue. It was originally thought up by the Heritage Foundation.