Skip to comments.Top Romney Advisor all in for Obamacare Implementation
Posted on 07/10/2012 4:32:51 AM PDT by scottfactor
Again it comes to this: voting for the lesser of two evils. This is assuming, of course, that Mitt Stealth Leftist Romney wins the Republican nomination for President. I had decided that I was through voting for the less evil candidate, but then I know that our elections may be heavily compromised at this point, as the Left gets its voter-fraud-voting-machine-hacking down to an Argonne National Laboratory science.
However, since the horrendous John Quisling Roberts Supreme Court decision to uphold the clearly unconstitutional Obamacare monster, I have decided to go ahead and vote for the Republican nominee, no matter who he is, even the liberal Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney keeps saying that on Day One in office, he will move to repeal Obamacare. He also adds what I do not want to hearreplace. Repeal and replace. I am sick of hearing that from our side. Do not tell me you are going to replace something that should never have been in the first place! Just kill it! Put it out of our misery!
Do I even believe Romneys promise, as it is? This is not a brand new story, though it was new to me yesterday, so it may be new to others. The top aide to Romneys transition team for the White House is a fellow Mormon, former Utah Governor, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and Health and Human Services Secretary under President George W. Bush. While he is an amazingly accomplished man, and apparently very talented and driven, former Governor Mike Leavitt is also a supporter of the states implementing Obamacare exchanges. Yes, thats right. And, the reason he supports it likely has everything to do with the fact that Leavitt owns Leavitt Partners, a health care consultancy firm based in Utah.
On June 3rd, the Politicos Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns had a fairly glowing write-up about Leavitt (which should tell us something right there). The piece made it quite clear that Leavitt is a moderate, a pragmatist, and not necessarily as conservative as actual conservatives would like to see in the Romney administration, especially when it comes to his position on the wretched Obamacare legislation.
From the Politico piece,
Leavitt has said some relatively positive things about certain elements of Obamas health reform law, suggesting earlier this year that Obamacare empowers the HHS secretary to do certain things that are clearly aimed at trying to move us in the right direction.
[Leavitts longtime chief aide, Rich] McKeown, who still works with Leavitt at his Utah-based health care consultancy, acknowledged that the former governor does not want to undo one key part of the controversial legislation.
We believe that the exchanges are the solution to small business insurance market and thats gotten us sideways with some conservatives, he said.
The exchanges are not only a matter of principle for Leavitt theyre also a cash cow.
The size of his firm, Leavitt Partners, doubled in the year after the bill was signed as they won contracts to help states set up the exchanges funded by the legislation.
There is a group [of states] that feels as though they dont want to be associated with the Affordable Care Act, Leavitt told POLITICO in 2011. Privately, though, its clear that several of those are planning behind the scenes, because they dont want to have a federal exchange. The law is written so that those states that dont create their own exchanges by 2014 may be pushed into a federal exchange.
This angers the right, however.
These Exchanges are the government bureaucracies that will make health insurance more expensive, induce employers to drop coverage, entrench Obamacare, and dole out hundreds billions of debt-financed government subsidies to insurance companies, fumed the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute.
So, Leavitt, who stands to make a great deal more money from the implementation of Obamacare than from its repeal, is the one guy Romney chooses to set up a Romney administration, if Romney wins the White House. Could there be more of a conflict of interests than thisthat isif Romney is serious about repealing the hellish, anti-American, anti-freedom Obamacare dictate?
When this story broke, there was some conservative backlash which led to the Romney campaign issuing a statement that was reported by the Daily Caller,
Team Romney was quick to dismiss those worries. Reached for comment, Romney spokesman Lenny Alcivar said: Unlike President Obama, voters can rest assured that a Romney Administration will put America back on track. That starts with repealing Obamacare, starting Day One. Make no mistake, the only person who will make policy decisions under a Romney Administration is Mitt Romney.
Oh, well that makes me feel all better! This man, Leavitt, could end up being Romneys chief of staff (according to rumors), and we are supposed to believe his money-powered desire to have the states implement Obamacare exchanges will in no way affect Romneys stated desire to repeal that detestable law? I am in full support of Mike Leavitt making a successful living, but the thought that someone with such a potent interest in keeping Obamacare alive could end up in one of the highest positions in a Romney administration is quite disturbing.
Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we cannot.
I think the same way about 120,000 IRS agents.
What an ignorant declaration!
HOW do you believe you/we can destroy Obama, but are helpless to control Romney?
Leavitt is NOT running for President and Romney won’t have dictatorial control.
Only with a Romney victory will we have sufficient control in the House and Senate to modulate the President.
Obama has proven he is unconstrained by the Separation of Powers.
Mr. RomneyCARE SHOULD have spoken up this weekend.
but he is busy hiding, planning more STATISM.
Let me see if I got this logic straight: "Because a beltway insider, GOP-E judge, John Roberts, betrayed us conservatives, I will therefore get even by voting for the GOP-E candidate."
It's that kind of ignorance that's gotten us to this point. Sheeesh...
These moderates are openly laughing at conservatives at this point. Just the other day a pro Romney analyst on FOX shrugged and said the south will vote for Romney no matter what he does.
I love it when I see people post on FR to disenfranchise conservatives from voting for the Republican nominee.
I often wonder if they are DU plants on FR. I mean really, it is a good strategy to make conservatives feel that they would be voting for Obama-lite in order to get them to stay home.
The motto is: ANYONE BUT OBAMA. Honestly it isn’t that hard.
We need to have a REVOLT at the GOP Convention.
Romney must not be allowed to be the nominee.
Perhaps you have a better idea than to go ahead and vote for the sorry Republican nominee? Vote for Obama? Oh, wait... I'll bet it's Ron Paul for you.
There is nothing "ignorant" about the line from the column you quoted.
I originally was going to write in someone who is actually conservative instead of voting for Romney. I suppose you would say that is "ignorant" too--voting my conscience. You may not even realize that our elections are likely just a sham. We will know for certain if Obama "wins" reelection.
Here are two free clues.
Mr. RomneyCARE is not even the GOP candidate yet,
despite his cheating, backstabbing, changing rules
after the fact, demanding delegates actually BOW
to him and his RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE/DeathPanels.
Mr. RomneyCARE will NEVER be the conservative candidate.
Maybe you did not actually read the column above past the headline. There is nothing in that piece to "disenfranchise conservatives."
You might take a moment to read it and understand it. If Romney is the nominee, he will have to be watched as closely as the next fake conservative. This piece is just that--information about what he is doing, who he is gathering around him.
And, since I am the author of the piece, I can assure you, I am not a mole for the communist Left.
I didn't know the Convention is over. When did the GOP Officially give Romney the Candidacy? Who the hell is is VP Pick?
Romney managed to steal the elections by being the only Liberal in open primaries in which independents and democrats who had nothing better to do gave him the edge over the conservatives.
Romney is a knee jerk liberal in an empty suit. He has no core convictions. He is no friend of conservatives.
He got the nomination by lying about the conservatives in the race and then when he wrapped up enough delegates his handlers shook the etch a sketch.
Sorry but Romney will never get my vote.
I agree with your sentiments about the fake conservative Romney, but the column repeatedly says "IF" he is the nominee and "IF" he wins the White House. This is simply a "for your information" piece about Mike Leavitt, a man who is very close to Romney.
Why should we roll over and play dead just because there is ultimately nothing we can do to "control" these "leaders"? Why should we not watch them and let them hear from us when they [insert infraction here]?
That line you quoted was my trying to explain to the commenter the purpose of this column and that I am not a member of the Democrat Underground.
“Mr. RomneyCARE is not even the GOP candidate yet,”
I didn’t say Romney I said Republican nominee.... and it really doesn’t matter.....
read my lips:
ANYONE BUT OBAMA
Romney: DARE TO BE DECAF!
Maybe you should start wondering if there's something more to ABO than what you've analyzed so far, because your suspicion that the very nearly 200 FReepers including the owner/founder of Free Republic who refuse to vote for Romney, are DU plants, is nuts. If you want the truth, you're going to have to change gears and start thinking in another direction as to WHY there are so many of us who reject Romney the same way, and for the same reasons, that we reject Obama.
We are real Americans, many of us, like me, who have been voting for more than three decades and who have NEVER ONCE declined a Republican on any ballot, but who understand that Romney is a bridge too far.
The motto is: ANYONE BUT OBAMA.
It's not a motto, it's a strategy -- a strategy based solely in fear. "ABO" means "voting for government tyranny in order to avoid confronting Obama." PERIOD.
Honestly, it isn't that hard.
Who said anything about staying home? Source that please.
Obama is a criminal and an enemy of the state. His reelection will insure he is brought up on charges. Have you forgotten about Watergate? Nixon’s landslide victory emboldened his enemies to bring him down. How much worse is Obama? How much more deserving to be exposed?
With Romney we will not simply have a quisling as POTUS. We will be saddled with a man who will only escalate his dismissive approach to convservatives.
The presidency is out of control. Romney will not set limits on his own authority. Nor will the SCOTUS. A conservative majority in Congress is our only hope to restore balance in government. Obama will enrage the Congress to act. Willard will not.
a pro Romney analyst on FOX shrugged and said the south will vote for Romney no matter what he doesWell, among the universe of possible reasons are:
- Folks in the south know how presidential elections work and they see no indication anything is changing (yet). They know that the chance to vote their conscience is in the primaries (we in GA overwhelmingly voted for Newt). They know that for most of the past century, the overwhelming odds are that GOP -or- DEM candidate is elected in the GENERAL election. They know that a vote for any distant "also-ran" candidate in the GENERAL election is akin to self disenfranchisment. And in this particular contest between the GOP and Obama, they know full well where Obama wants to take the country and their only hope, *however slim*, is to vote for whoever else has the best odds of defeating Obama. Right now, that is the presumptive GOP candidate (Romney); however, if another candidate takes the lead from Romney prior to Nov 6th, I'm fairly certain the south (and the nation) will switch to that other "best odds" candidate because it's a horse-race at this point and the lead horse gets the most votes. Not saying it's desirable; I'm saying it is what it is. And you and I both know it will take some form of divine intervention to supplant Romney at this point. Though it's within the realm of possibilities, I'll only believe it when I see it.
To further the Romney analyst's point: It's not just the south. It is veritably the entire voting constituency on the right across the nation, as well as some right-leaning and/or disappointed DEMS. Not just self-identified conservatives, but all the other political-right demographics (indies, rinos, moderates, centrists, libertarianse, constitutionalists, etc, etc, etc). Conservatives alone lack the headcount to turn the tide, because if they did, Romney wouldn't be in the lead and we wouldn't be having this discussion.
Just my thoughts. Opinions will vary.
Hmmm, that number would give him approx. 10 divisions in his personal civilian defense force...............
“Mitt Stealth Leftist Romney”
I think there is alot in the article that makes Romney look like Obama-lite. The phrase above doesn’t do that ? And there are lots of them.
And I’m not taking shots you as much as the comments that these types articles seem to fuel. It seems some conservatives still rather have Obama than a Republican nominee, and I’m not sure they are “conservatives”.
C'mon, Gina, aren't you tired of the old game that when election season shows up that you have to lie about the blemishes on your candidate, pretend you don't see them, claim that he won every debate, blah, blah, blah?
You know darned well that the sentiment that you've gotta support one GOP-E guy because another GOP-E guy messed you over is illogical.
Saying what you see is freeing. In many ways, that is freedom.
I see a lifelong liberal supported by a left-leaning party that's perfectly content to use conservatives in their quest to one-up the other left party. The truth is that there's only one party...with 2 heads.
I'm in favor of "off with the heads" on all of them.
But, back to the original comment, there's no way I believe you don't see what was being said. In fact, I think you feel it in your gut. Break free! Join us. Rebellion is brewing!
BEHOLD THE GOPs CHAMPION = MR.ROMNEYCARE
INCREDIBLY HAPPY IMPOSING THE GOP's SIGNATURE ACHIEVEMENT
WHICH IS: GOPe Romney-DEATHPANELS.
Oh please “Real Americans”, and yeah I’ve been voting for over 30 years as well.
Get off your high horse and do the right thing... work to vote Obama out of office. Listen Romney wasn’t my first choice but boohoo I don’t get to pick the nominee, and neither do you.
We either rally around the guy chosen to be the standard bearer and work within the system we love to move the system in our direction, or you decide that Obama is ok and you sit home. If by some miracle Romney is not the nominee and a more conservative candidate arises we will support him/her.
I don’t think Obama is “ok”, so ABO works for me. It doesn’t take that much “analysis”.
Romney is a bridge to far compared to Obama ? Pick up a newspaper.... Obama’s policies are killing us.
So if Al Gore or Barney Frank ran as and won the Republican primary, we're still supposed to support the party with our vote???
The Republican party doesn't represent me or my Country any more than the Democrat party does...
We have a Mormon and a Muzlim to choose between while neither one gives a flip about my Country as a Sovereign Nation, a Free Republic...
I encourage people to vote for the most pro-America candidate that is running, in any party...Vote for Mitt and lose the Country??? I don't think so...
Nice pics and your point is ?
Let me guess because Romney signed a law in a liberal STATE we should keep Obama for another four years....
is that correct ?
oh good, another conservative who wants four more years of Obama....
You have two choices, one is Obama. If you do not vote against him by voting the Republican nominee you have been essentially been disenfranchised - congrats go to the Obama team, the media elite, and all their little minions.
“His reelection will insure he is brought up on charges”
Yep, you ARE clueless!
The press hated Nixon, they love Obama.
Or hadn’t you noticed?
Your ability to anticipate Romney’s actions in office are clouded by hate, not informed by reality.
Try reading this for perspective:
And Romney's policies will do the same. Perhaps we need another 4 years of Obama to drive Americans to the realization that we need a citizen uprising in this nation to overthrow the Demo/Rino establishment.
Honestly Mike, can you give any of us one good reason why we should vote FOR Romney (other than that fact that he isn't Obama)?
I can't think of one. He has no policy direction other than left. He never has had any other direction. He lied about his claim to be a conservative and now that he thinks he has the nomination wrapped up, he has turned hard left endorsing gay adoption and hiring people who think Obamacare just needs a little tweaking and he will "Repeal AND REPLACE" Obama care with his own (as of yet unpublished 2800 page) version of Romneycare.
We need a rebellion in this nation. Nothing short of mutiny within this party will bring about a change of direction of the ship of state. You many number me and I suspect the people I have pinged among the mutineers.
I will not support Romney. He is going to have to win this election with votes from his friends on the left. Frankly I think he will get enough left wingers to vote for him since obviously they crossed over to vote for him in the Open Primaries (which we need to eliminate).
We need a rebellion at the convention. We need to demand that Romney withdraw his name from the nomination. Rebellion is brewing. Are you on the side of the Tories who continue to rob us of our liberty or on the side of the Rebels and the Mutineers?
You get of YOUR high horse and resist government tyranny instead of voting FOR it.
Please add me to your list of mutineers.
Bububububububububuh don't you understand???? OUR socialist is better than THEIR socialist!!!!
Okay, I'll vote for Virgil Goode then.
It is understandable that you keep missing my meaning here, because I doubt you have read any of my other columns, and I'm wondering what Jim Robinson has to do with this.
In no way am I saying "vote for this GOP guy because that one messed us over." I don't consider John Roberts to be anything other than a turncoat, and I don't consider Romney to be anything other than a liberal, but I consider Obama to be a deadly poison for our country. First thing--Obama must go, period. Then we can do our best to get rid of the two-headed hydra, Dem-Repub monster.
Now is not the time for a "protest vote," because there are not enough of us who would do it. That's what I meant when I said that after Roberts' awful decision, I decided to again vote for the lesser of two evils--NO, I DON'T LIKE IT, but I will do it.
Romney is a liberal. Obama is deadly for America. Not liking Romney in no way means we would "still rather have Obama..." That's certainly not the case. As I said, this column is to inform people about Mike Leavitt. I do not think people reading this are stupid enough to read it and say, "I guess I have to stay at home or vote for Obama."
Oh joy another name caller.... come on - this is FR, the standard is a bit higher - use your words. Libs call folks names.
If you have a good reason for wanting Obama to be in office for four more years just explain yourself.... don’t call me names.
If the “rebellion” at the convention is successful I will vote for that nominee. If it is not successful I will still vote for the Republican nominee.
This isn’t rocket science.
You are only predicting Romney’s behavior with a Republican congress, but you know what Obama and his policies will bring regardless of the congress.
The fact that Romney isn’t Obama is a good enough reason for me....
Well you’re a bit late.
The time for anti-Romney campaigning was mostly before he actually won the primary.
There’s still some room for anti-Romney campaigning (until) he picks his running mate. So enjoy...
You guys tried to sucker people in with that line for McCain...It didn't work...And now you are trying it again...Guess you guys don't learn...
Conservatives have no power to change the liberal Republican Party...If Romney gets in, we're stuck with a liberal, anti-American globalist, anti-Tea Party, One World Gov't Republican, again...
You guys blew it last time...You all could have lived with a politician that would have been acceptable to a voting majority but no, you tried to force McCain on those that opposed the Democrats and the status quo...
Romney won't win, even if I vote for him...You guys need to get off the dead horse, it ain't goin' nowhere...
Stop trying to make people do math! Do you have ANY idea how complicated that is with two options to pick from? You guys is mean!
Then you are part of the establishment and you are not a part of the rebellion. The Establishment must be taught that there is a large segment of the GOP who will no longer sit by and watch the GOP turn into a lighter version of the socialist democrat party.
You have signaled that you are on board with Romney only because he is not Obama. You are the kind of voter that the GOP-E was counting on when they threw all their cards on the table for Romney. They knew they could count on people like you being squishy and cowering in fear at the threat of another 4 years of Obama, so they conspired together to give us the most liberal former governor in the history of the United States as the standard bearer for the GOP.
Romney basically got about 30-40% of the votes in the GOP Primaries and caucuses, but because nearly all the primaries were "OPEN" primaries, a large portion of the votes that Romney got were cross over votes from democrats (who really didn't even have a primary) and liberal brainwashed independents who couldn't make up their minds about any candidate and were sold on the lies that Romney was the best candidate to take on Obama.
So go cower in the corner. The GOP-E is pleased to know that you are not going to rebel against their concerted joint war on liberty. As for me, I will do something that Romney has never done in his life. I will stand for something. I will take the risk that my rebellion might make my life a little more uncomfortable for a season.
The Rebellion is on. I know we can't count on you. Who can we count on?
“I do not think people reading this are stupid enough to read it and say, “I guess I have to stay at home or vote for Obama.””
Probably not one article but the drumbeat of negativity is what will generally do it.... its the fatigue and general feeling relayed by the comments against the presumptive Republican nominee. The troops needed to energized against Obama now.
“Then you are part of the establishment and you are not a part of the rebellion.”
Oh darn... and I so much wanted to be part of your rebellion. Are you really over 12 ?
Come on Marlowe, join a Tea Party with me... in numbers we can start moving the system in a course that will change the world.... you sound pretty energetic.
The Republican party has move to left - but last I saw it still takes a majority to make a dent in the system. So if we push to the right (instead of taking our toys and going home) we can move the establishment - we are the right side of the establishment.
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