Skip to comments.Mitt again, Romney re-emerges for likely WH bid (he is still pushing Romneycare!)
Posted on 02/22/2010 12:14:16 PM PST by rabscuttle385
BOSTON -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is stepping back into the public spotlight after spending two years behind the scenes laying the groundwork for a second presidential campaign.
Romney has shifted from social issues that brought accusations of flip-flopping and undermined his 2008 White House bid. With unemployment hovering around 10 percent, his new focus is on economic themes and fix-it skills he claims as a former businessman. That plays to what some observers believe would be his strength in a second race.
They could also distinguish him from potential rivals such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who enjoys widespread grass-roots support but doubts about her mastery of policy, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who, like Romney was four years ago, is untested on the national political scene.
Romney called for lower taxes, more teacher accountability and state-by-state instead of national health insurance expansion, similar to the nearly universal coverage plan he instituted in Massachusetts in 2006.
"There's much more on our positive, intellectually rigorous conservative agenda," he said. "Not all of it is popular. But the American people have shown that they are ready for truth to trump hope. The truth is that government is not the solution to all our problems."
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Where is Mike UPCHUCKABEE when we need him?
If the GOP can not do better than this plastic stand up Ken doll, then I’m no longer a Republican.
Pinkham: Mandatory Health Care? Now That’s Sick.
Mitt Romney is stepping back into the public spotlight after spending two years behind the scenes laying the groundwork for a second presidential campaign.
Ah the sucker never left...
Romney lost me forever when he suggested that being forced to buy health insurance is no different than being forced to buy auto insurance. Surely the man must know that driving on a public rode is a privilege granted by the state whereas existing is a right granted by an eternal power that far supersedes any government.
Useful as tits on a rocking chair.
Cut this clown, his health care, and his underwear loose- the GOP needs a fresh start with fresh, conservative candidates.
Conservatives who support Romney obliviously can’t tell the difference between Mitt and Shinola...
The Dems love Romney about as much as the Romneybots around here do.....wonder why. =.=
” intellectually rigorous conservative agenda”
Can you say ‘Focus Group piffle’
be wary of talk about how the “moderates” and “independents” could love a “smart experienced qualified” guy like Romney- it’s the McCain trap all over again. Letting crossover voters and media planted misinformation pick the GOP candidate they know they can beat
“Ken”...LOL! So true
Yo, Mitty! I’ll vote the same every time you run, against you.
SORRY GLEN, but the MSM isn’t picking the Peoples Candidates this year, or ever again.
Romney is just another RINO. DISQUALIFIED!
He won’t make it past the primaries. Palin 2012!
No, not this RHINO again! Did you see him trying to get his mug in the picture during the Scott Brown victory speech? Please no more Repub retreads! Give me the huntress of the North; the Joan D’arc of liberty!
Carville(D): "It's a feel-good story, this Romney thing.
Romney is an ascendant guy."
So who is the kingmaker group behind Romney that hopes he will protect their interest should he become president? Certainly none of us are.
Isn’t that the same cat that provclaimed 40 more years of Democratic Party dominance after Jack Squat was elected and even wrote a book entitled such? LMAO.
Romney is just another great BIG RINO!
|From The Vitamin Press|
The fastest way for Republicans to lose the next election is for them to force Romney or Huckabee down Conservative throats.
They have learned nothing from Obama’s health care Fiasco.
We dont want Romney or Hucakabee,forced down our throats any more than we want health care, and they had better learn that or face losing. How hard is that for them to understand?
Doesnt surprise me he never really stopped running just kind of put things on pause until now.
I hope that after Mitt fails to receive the Republican nomination in 2012, he will finally decide to withdraw from public life.
With Scott Brown's help, creating 49 RomneyCare's is job #1.
GREAT...another RINO running as an actual American! Will Mitt endorse Obama too?
If it is the Democratic Underground, Soros provides money to them because it’s a Soros organization. This means Romney will be working for Soros.
Symbol of unreasonable fear.
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It is a conservatives dislike for a liberal, nothing unreasonable about that.
The sign says the BOGEYMAN is a story.
BUT Mitt Romney-care is real, and has already
created 1) Romneycare = ObamaCARE
2) the imposition of gay marriage without a vote
3) a coverup of the BIG DIG for campaign $$$$
4) countless illegal alien sanctuaries
5) dirty tricks against the GOP
Mitt Willard Romney-care deserves exactly
the loyalty he gave Gov. Palin — NONE
Romney is just another item in the list of political pukes I will not vote for.
SET THEIR LOCAL AND DC LINES ON FIRE!
Sen. Scot Brown's number is 202-224-5443
Rename, repackage, rewrite it a tad smaller, and sell another pig in a poke.
Tennessee has joined several other states in trying to pass a Health Care Freedom Act. NO COLAs for granny, retired Military or retired fed employees. BIG NEW fees for Tricare for Life retired over 65 Military's secondary health ins. (DOD bill already passed, delayed but goes into effect 2011)
New Dem mantra: Woof, woof eat dog food granny....ala let them eat cake.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Obama says slight fix will extend Social Security
TRI CARE FOR LIFE This from a google search:
This option would help reduce the costs of TFL, as well as costs for Medicare, by introducing minimum out-of pocket requirements for beneficiaries. Under this option, TFL would not cover any of the first $525 of an enrollees cost-sharing liabilities for calendar year 2011 and would limit coverage to 50 percent of the next $4,725 in Medicare cost sharing that the beneficiary incurred. (Because all further cost sharing would be covered by TFL, enrollees could not pay more than $2,888 in cost sharing in that year.)
Bill Would Restrict Veterans Health Care Options 11/06/09
Buyer and McKeon Offer Amendments to Protect Veterans and TRICARE Beneficiaries
Congress plans to block Tricare fee increases
By Rick Maze - Staff writer, Oct 7, 2009
Tricare fee increases imposed last week by the Defense Department will be repealed by a provision of the compromise 2010 defense authorization bill unveiled Wednesday by House and Senate negotiators.
The fee increases were announced on Sept. 30 and took effect on Oct. 1, but the defense bill, HR 2647, includes a provision barring any fee increases until the start of fiscal 2011.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Bill Matz, president of the National Association for Uniformed Services, said the announcement of fee increases was shocking considering that the Obama administration promised earlier this year to hold off on any new fee Tricare fee increases until fiscal 2011.
President Obama and DoD assured NAUS and the entire military family earlier this year that there would rightly be no increases in any Tricare fees in fiscal 2010, Matz said. We took them at their word, and I cant believe that a co-pay increase like this was allowed to go forward, he added.
Bambi doesn't keep his promises...so buyer beware.
Tenncare is a failure too.
LOL, Ernest Borgnine accepted a fixed sum, instead of part of the gross, because “nobody would watch a movie about a rat”, guess he was wrong.
This movie, however, illustrates the point I was, and have been making about these Romney posts. When you turn off the music, illuminate the dramatic lighting and recognize the horrified expressions and dramatic dialogue, Willard is an ordinary rodent.
You are, in a sense, doing the same thing that was done to create the atmosphere in this movie, and behaving like a Jerry Springer audience while doing it.
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
George Bernard Shaw
And here is some real knowledge, if you care:
Mitt "Backstabber" Romney-care was a piss-poor Governor.
Romney got a "C" rating from CATO. And that was BEFORE
Romney's Socialized medicine and coverup of the BIGdig kicked in.
Here are the facts from CATO.
"As U.S. real output grew 13 percent between 2002 and 2006, Massachusetts trailed at 9 percent.
* Manufacturing employment fell 7 percent nationwide those years, but sank 14 percent under Romney, placing Massachusetts 48th among the states.
* Between fall 2003 and autumn 2006, U.S. job growth averaged 5.4 percent, nearly three times Massachusetts' anemic 1.9 percent pace.
* While 8 million Americans over age 16 found work between 2002 and 2006, the number of employed Massachusetts residents actually declined by 8,500 during those years.
"Massachusetts was the only state to have failed to post any gain in its pool of employed residents," professors Sum and McLaughlin concluded.
In an April 2003 meeting with the Massachusetts congressional delegation in Washington, Romney failed to endorse President Bush's $726 billion tax-cut proposal."
[Cato Institute annual Fiscal Policy Report Card - America's Governors, 2004.]
That also includes that which you impart, regardless of the shrillness, or aggressiveness of your posts. Such tactics normally indicates that you are not getting the response you wish and, like a petulant child, wish to escalate your response to get everyone’s attention.
Those who use your tactics are seldom effective and are, at best, receive a derisive footnote in history.
You could, on occasion, quit yelling at what you’re against and actually present your views and tell us who support. Of course that could take some effort, as well thought, posting the same trite insults is much easier.
Having treated you with respect
even after you insulted other FReepers,
and then receiving your nasty response — void of truth —
shows you are nothing but a RomneyBOT,
demonstrating a typical RomneyBOTs (non)response
laced with ad hominems, all for Mitt RomneyCARE.
State by state socialism, then consolidation.
“shows you are nothing but a RomneyBOT,
demonstrating a typical RomneyBOTs (non)response
laced with ad hominems, all for Mitt RomneyCARE.”
This shows the caliber and accuracy of your posts. Anyone that takes issue with your mindless posts is a ___BOT, that is for RomneyCARE and you accuse them of ad hominem attacks that are your signature.
I don’t think Romney will win the nomination, I hope that Gov. Barbour or Gov. Riley will run. I am sure that will also make me a BOT of some kind, or at least a RINO.
I do wonder about you if Romney should win, will you “Go Postal” or will you have accomplished your goal, it’s hard to tell.
Wall Street Journal( famous commie rag )* JULY 11, 2009
The Massachusetts Health Mess
Massachusetts shows how ObamaCare would really work.
In a rational world, the prognosis for ObamaCare would wait on the evidence in Massachusetts, given that the commonwealth’s 2006 program closely resembles what Democrats are trying to do in Washington. If the results were widely known, it might be dead on arrival.
[Review & Outlook] Getty Images
The Massachusetts law, which was championed by former GOP Governor Mitt Romney, imposed an individual mandate, requiring nearly all residents to buy health insurance or else pay a penalty. (The exceptions are those who qualify for the state’s public program.) This was supposed to cover everybody and save money too. We’ve written before about how costs have exploded, but it also turns out that consumers have other ideas.
For 15 years Massachusetts has also imposed mandates known as guaranteed issue and community rating — meaning that insurers must cover anyone who applies, regardless of health or pre-existing conditions, and also charge everyone the same premium (or close to it). Yet these mandates allow people to wait until they’re sick, or just before they’re about to incur major medical expenses, to buy insurance. This drives up costs for everyone else, which helps explain why small-group coverage in Massachusetts is so much more expensive than in most of the country. Mr. Romney argued — as Democrats are arguing now — that the individual mandate would make that problem disappear, since everyone is always supposed to be covered.
Well, the returns are rolling in, and a useful case study comes from the community-based health plan Harvard-Pilgrim. CEO Charlie Baker reports that his company has seen an “astonishing” uptick in people buying coverage for a few months at a time, running up high medical bills, and then dumping the policy after treatment is completed and paid for. Harvard-Pilgrim estimates that between April 2008 and March 2009, about 40% of its new enrollees stayed with it for fewer than five months and on average incurred about $2,400 per person in monthly medical expenses. That’s about 600% higher than Harvard-Pilgrim would have otherwise expected.
The individual mandate penalty for not having coverage is only about $900, so people seem to be gaming the Massachusetts system. “This is a problem,” Mr. Baker writes on his blog, in the understatement of the year. “It is raising the prices paid by individuals and small businesses who are doing the right thing by purchasing twelve months of health insurance, and it’s turning the whole notion of shared responsibility on its ear.”
Mr. Baker is right, though he underestimates the extent to which it is rational for people to do this, considering the government-mandated incentives. To one degree or another all insurance pools require the younger and healthier to subsidize the older and sicker, though part of the risk-sharing bargain is the hedge against unanticipated or future health problems — i.e., true insurance. The combination of guaranteed issue and community rating actively encourages parts of the healthier population to forgo coverage and thus blow up voluntary risk pools. No doubt our politicians will conclude that the solution is to raise the penalty for going uninsured, though it would be easier and more rational to let insurance markets function without mandates.
For many Democrats, none of this is really a surprise, or even important. Their Rube Goldberg rules are meant to transfer the costs of health care away from individuals and onto someone else — private companies like Harvard-Pilgrim in the short term, and over time onto taxpayers. Why lobbyist Karen Ignagni is still putting the health-insurance industry’s head on the Washington chopping block is a mystery for the ages.
“meaning that insurers must cover anyone who applies, regardless of health or pre-existing conditions, and also charge everyone the same premium (or close to it).”
This is idiotic and is the same thing that was done with mortgages that has decimated the housing market.
Rush said something, recently, that should be the standard for heath care. Medical care should be determined by the doctor/medical facility and the patient, with no outside authority dictating it or restricting it.
There are two things that have to be addressed before this health care mess can even begin to be repaired. The first is tort reform, this is a Band-Aid fix but will at least have some effect. The real problem is the abuse of the judiciary, a harder problem to correct.
The second thing is the guarantee of medical treatment (no one can be turned away) this mean that , if insurance or the patient doesn’t pay for the treatment, the government pays for it or the medical facility is force to absorb it (which has caused facilities to close. We have to decide if it is even feasible to guarantee treatment to everyone and how it is to be paid for, if we do.
It doesn’t seem that most people in a position to fix the problems with health care understand the problems, much less fix, or have no interest in actually fixing them.
That is called, and is, 'involuntary servitude'. Slavery.
The whole thing, taxes, the welfare state, the Federal Reserve, fiat money, is just a big pile of umba gumba justifying slavery in a different form. We don't' have Pharaoh, or kings, we have Congress.
Looking for liberty from your slave master is delusional.
“Looking for liberty from your slave master is delusional. “
We are, at least to some extent, still a nation governed by the people. You have to ever solve problems, within the purview of government, within the government or cast off government for a more perfect system... who is capable of that. Not sure you have a clear view of what you want nor how to get there.
We need wise people with courage and virtue if we are going to restore our government to it’s intended role, don’t see many at this point. We do have an overabundance of people who rail against “the system” without any concept of how to restore it.. press on.
Well, thank you master dis’ that’s mighty fine of you. /sarc
We’ve had two wars of killing the Americans who were the problem. I’m betting on a third, which I think is natural in the progression of things, and morally and ethically proper.
I see a great awakening, at the worst time for the power structure, when it is it’s most incompetent, broke and discredited. A perfect political/economic storm as it were.
Clausewitz described war as politics by other means. Well then politics is war by other means. And, commonly converge.