BREAKING: Mitt Romney Urged Obama to Embrace the Individual Mandate

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    BREAKING: Mitt Romney Urged Obama to Embrace the Individual Mandate
    Red State ^ | March 2, 2012 | Erick Erickson

    BREAKING: Mitt Romney Urged Obama to Embrace the Individual Mandate | RedState
    Had Michigan not been as close, the Democrats would have waited to spring this on us in the general election. Luckily we have it now and I hope Ohio voters are paying attention.

    In July 2009, Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed in USA Today urging Barack Obama to usean individual mandate at the national level to control healthcare costs.

    On the campaign trail now, Mitt Romney says the individual mandate is appropriate for Massachusetts, but not the nation. Repeatedly in debates, Romney has said he opposes a national individual mandate.

    But back in 2009, as Barack Obama was formulating his healthcare vision for the country, Mitt Romney encouraged him publicly to use an individual mandate. In his op-ed, Governor Romney suggested that the federal government learn from Massachusetts how to make healthcare available for all.


    (Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...



    The op-ed no longer appears on the USA Today website but is archived on the Mitt Romney fan site "Mitt Romney Central" and is accessible on the former Governor's old website via the web archive.


    Health care cannot be handled the same way as the stimulus and cap-and-trade bills. With those, the president stuck to the old style of lawmaking: He threw in every special favor imaginable, ground it up and crammed it through a partisan Democratic Congress. Health care is simply too important to the economy, to employment and to America's families to be larded up and rushed through on an artificial deadline. There's a better way. And the lessons we learned in Massachusetts could help Washington find it.

    Romney continues further down in the op-ed bringing up the individual mandate dreaded by conservatives.


    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.



    Mitt Romney's Advice For ObamaCare: Look At RomneyCare
     
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    So if this was in the newspaper, why are we hearing about it now?
     
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    The reason for the health insurance mandate is obvious - it should be embraced or at least understood by everyone and not used as a football by Republicans.
     
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    Wouldn't shock me but I honestly don't care because Mitt won't win the GE... People simply don't want to vote for Mitt and Paul's support is just to big.
     
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    Why on earth would anyone embrace higher costs and government interference in our lives?

    That makes about as much sense as sticking a two pronged fork into an electrical outlet and hanging on to see if you get shocked.

    Immie
     
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    Dumbass, most of the rest of the industrialized world has universal health care, lower costs, they live longer and have lower infant mortality rates.

    The costs are going up because the usual rules of supply and demand don't apply here. With no one controlling costs, there simply is nothing to stop the medical industry from running them up. Pay our costs, or die.

    The thing is, the current system only continues because of government supports. Less government would collapse the system faster.

    The Problem with Obama/RomneyCare is that they are both big wet sloppy kisses to the insurance industry, forcing people to subsidize them by compelling mandates, and infusing lots more government cash.

    What they need to do is get rid of the overhead of unnecessary tests, torts, huge salaries for executives, etc. And some hard decisions will have to be made, such as not spending the 11% that we spend extending the lives of the terminally ill for a few more days.
     
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    You know, Immie, I don't normally feel the urge to respond to much of what you say. That is probably because you are generally predictable and lack originality.

    But........this time.........boy-oh-boy.....you really came up with an impressive analogy. I mean......like sticking a fork in an electrical outlet!? I wish I could come up with a gem like that!
     
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    And the question was
    So why do you want more government control in your life? Do not answer that it's already known by some that you are a full blown liberal.
     
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    I don't believe it. Had he wrote an op-ed in USA today encouraging it, than that would have been major news at the time. Romney is also not that stupid.
     
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