Unearthed Emails: Romney Deeply Involved In Pushing For Individual Mandate

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  1. J.E.D
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    J.E.D What's tha matta?

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    How Romney Pushed State Health Bill - WSJ.com

    When Mitt Romney left office as Massachusetts governor, his aides removed all emails from a server computer in the governor's office, and purchased and carted off hard drives from 17 state-owned personal computers, according to a current state official.

    But a small cache of emails survived, including some that have never publicly surfaced surrounding Mr. Romney's efforts to pass his now-controversial health-care law. The emails show the Republican governor was closely engaged in negotiating details of the bill, working with top Democratic state leaders and drafting early copies of opinion articles backing it.

    According to the emails, Mr. Romney personally drafted an op-ed article published in The Wall Street Journal the day before he signed the legislation. The draft, written on a Saturday, also defended the individual mandate, in different language from the final version of the piece as published.

    Using an argument deployed today by the Obama administration, Mr. Romney defended the mandate by noting that taxpayers generally foot the bill when the uninsured seek health care.

    "Either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on government is not libertarian," the published op-ed stated. In a line that didn't make the edited version, Mr. Romney added: "An uninsured libertarian might counter that he could refuse the free care, but under law, that is impossible—and inhumane."
     
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    Ruh Roh..

    The Wall Street Journal no less. Et tu? Brutus?

    :lol:
     
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    You'll have to dig a lot deeper than that to find logical reason to vote for Obama over Romney.
     
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    Yep and healthcare almost lost him the primaries, but we are in the generals! The only ones who care about this are conservatives and they sure as hell aren't voting for the Obama. This hurt him in the primaries, but is a NON-ISSUE in the generals.

    I mean what will be the argument: "Mitt you bastard you pushed Romneycare on MA. Mitt you bastard you pushed the individual mandate. Oh wait we pushed both of those on the entire country, let's go to the next divisive attack!"
     
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    How will Romney repeal healthcare if the Democrats in the Senate start filibustering GOP style?

    How would he get anything passed for that matter? And that's even assuming the GOP won the Senate...
     
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    Simple, the strict Constitutionalist GOP who have used the filibuster for decades will suddenly declare the filibuster unconstitutional and further declare that all who use the filibuster hate the Constitution.
     
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    It's possible that wouldn't be necessary. As I posted yesterday:

    Romney has tapped former Utah governor and HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt to lead his hypothetical transition and, perhaps, ultimately become his hypothetical chief of staff.

    "Mike Leavitt, the man planning the Mitt Romney presidency":
    This is the first encouraging news out of the Romney camp in a while, as Leavitt is one of the most prominent Republican proponents of health insurance exchanges in the country (aside from Romney, I suppose). Leavitt has been notable for often being one of the few Republican voices standing up to certain extreme elements on the far right who have been urging state governments to avoid implementing the ACA's exchanges-indeed, he's been a leading player in implementation in some places. The pick is leading to some dissent on the right: "Conservatives slam Romney transition pick over health law support"

     
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