If Romney Were President

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    Jonathan Chait imagines a world in which Mitt Romney won the 2008 election:

    And a world in which he wins the 2012 election:

    I hadn't really thought until now about the prospect of Mitt being the key to legitimizing the ACA: he makes a few cosmetic changes, destigmatizes it for the right (in part by disassociating it from Obama), but otherwise implements it. I suspect if the GOP can make it successes their own, they'll suddenly remember all they like about its contents.

    Given his background in Massachusetts and his personality, Mitt may be the GOP candidate (with the possible exception of Gingrich, whose campaign health plan tracks closely with the ACA) duplicitous and shameless enough to make it work.
     
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    If Romney were President, it would mean Obama would not get 4 more years to spend like there is no tomorrow and be a very ineffective, Divisive leaders.

    Sounds like a win win to me.
     
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    Most Repubs were in favor of universal health care until President Obama was in favor of it. Most Americans too, simply because its a good thing for all of us. But, if it has President Obama's name on it, they'll just keep up with the same lies.

    Romney would repeal it.
     
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    Indeed, but a President Romney could position himself to take reform back from the Democrats: do a little hand-waving, perhaps endorse some miniscule changes around the edges, but ultimately elbow Obama out of the picture. If Romney can disassociate Obama's name from the ACA and seem to put his own stamp on it by "fixing" this or that minor detail, conservatives can begin to notice all the pieces of the ACA they've been demanding all along--once Obama's name is removed from them, of course. Things like:

    • Movement toward high deductible health plans
    • Tools for applying pressure to pare or eliminate state benefit mandates
    • Interstate health insurance sales
    • Small business pools, along with the option for employee choice
    • Malpractice liability reform grants to states

    They've already endorsed some of the popular early provisions, it isn't too difficult to imagine a President Romney using the illusion of "tinkering" to take credit for the ACA and, ultimately, legitimize it for the GOP.
     

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