The New American covers Mitt Romney’s recent interview with David Gregory on “Meet the Press, in which he admitted that health insurance, after Romneycare, became more expensive in Massachusetts than in any other state.
Despite all these negatives — not to mention the fact that Romneycare has caused such high healthcare costs in Massachusetts that the state has imposed price controls on healthcare — Romney still stands by his law as the right plan for Massachusetts, and possibly for the rest of the country. For all his paeans to federalism, Romney has long said the Massachusetts law should be a “model for the nation.”…
“You don’t believe all the states should have adopted this, but you do believe that the entire nation should take a mandate approach,” Gregory said. “If it was good for Massachusetts, what’s so wrong with taking it national?”
The obvious answer, that a federal plan similar to Massachusetts’ is unconstitutional, did not escape Romney’s lips, but he did again say that “each state should be able … to put in place the plan that works best for them.”
This at least sounds like a man who understands that the federal government has no business dictating healthcare policy to the states. Based on his answer to a subsequent question, however, that is clearly not the case.
“What would you have done?” Gregory asked. “Had you become president — in my interview with you in the course of the campaign you said there were aspects of ObamaCare that you would want to keep, preexisting conditions, et cetera. What would you have done?”
“Well, I’m not president so I can’t be so clear minded as to tell you what I would have done,” Romney replied. “But my own plan was to say to each state, ‘You’ve got a requirement to move to a point where all your people are insured, and where you cover preexisting conditions. We’re going to give you flexibility from the federal government level to help you be able to do so.’”
Yep, one reason I have said Romney would have been more damaging than Obama–the Republican House would have been likely to support “their man with the bad plan,” just because he wears an “R”.
History is a battle between those believing they know what is best for us all, and the few who still value freedom; between men committed to tyrannically forcing their limited ideas upon us, and those convinced freedom produces better ideas for the flourishing of individuals and the nation.