Skip to comments.The Man Who Likes Mandates
Posted on 03/18/2012 7:18:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Why is there still so much resistance among Republican primary voters to Mitt Romney, the likely but not inevitable GOP nominee? Perhaps the deepest reason is this: At a moment in history when we need a bold commitment to reform, a fundamental willingness to limit the state and revitalize self-government, Romneys achievements and qualifications seem out of step with the times.
Consider a revealing debate moment. Its not from this years campaign but from 2008, when Obamacare did not yet exist. Heres an exchange from the debate among Republican candidates at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire on January 5 that year:
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Charlie Gibson: Governor Romneys system has mandates in Massachusetts, although you backed away from mandates on a national basis.
Mitt Romney: No, no, I like mandates. The mandates work.
Fred Thompson: I beg your pardon? I didnt know you were going to admit that. You like mandates.
Romney: Let melet meoh, absolutely. Let me tell you what kind of mandates I like, Fred, which is this. If it werent . . .
Thompson: The ones you come up with.
Romney: Heres my view: If somebodyif somebody can afford insurance and decides not to buy it, and then they get sick, they ought to pay their own way, as opposed to expect the government to pay their way. And thats an American principle. Thats a principle of personal responsibility.
So, I said this: If you can afford to buy insurance, then buy it. You dont have to, if you dont want to buy it, but then you got to put enough money aside that you can pay your own way, because what were not going to do is say, as we saw more and more people . . .
Gibson: Governor, you imposed tax penalties in Massachusetts.
Romney: Yes, we said, look, if people can afford to buy it, either buy the insurance or pay your own way; dont be free riders and pass on the cost to your health care to everybody else, because right now . . .
Thompson: The government is going to make you buy insurance . . .
Romney: No, the government is going to stop . . .
Thompson: and make you payI mean, the stateyour state plan, which is, of course, different from your national plan, did require people to make that choice, though. The state required them to do that. What was the penalty if they refused? . . .
Romney: If somebody is making, lets say $100,000 a year, and doesnt have health insurance, and they show up at the hospital, and they need a $1,000 repair of some kind for something thats gone wrong. And they say, Look, Im not insured, Im not going to pay. Do you think they should pay or not?
Thompson: Did your plan cut people off at $100,000? Was that the level?
Romney: No, actually . . .
Thompson: Did it only apply to people with $100,000 income and over?
Romney: It actually applies to people at three-times federal poverty. They pay for their own policy. At less than three-times federal poverty, we help them buy a policy, so everybody is insured, and everybody is able to buy a policy that is affordable for them. The question is this, again, if someone could afford a policy and they choose not to buy it, should they be responsible for paying for their own care? Or should they be able to go to the hospital and say, You know what? Im not insured. You ought to pay for it. What we found was, one-quarter of the uninsured in my state were making $75,000 a year or more. And my view is they should either buy insurance or they should pay their own way with a health savings account or some other savings account.
Gibson: We have an expression in television: We get in the weeds. Were in the weeds now on this. . . . Yes or no, in your national plan, would you mandate people to get insurance? . . .
Romney: I would not mandate at the federal level that every state do what we do. But what I would say at the federal level is, Well keep giving you these special payments we make if you adopt plans that get everybody insured. I want to get everybody insured.
Romney: In Governor Schwarzeneggers state, hes got a different plan to get people insured. I wouldnt tell him he has to do it my way. But Id say each state needs to get busy on the job of getting all our citizens insured. It does not cost more money.
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Thus spake Mitt Romney, able technocrat and clear-eyed manager. The well-informed technocrat looks at the current health care system and sees an inability to form stable insurance pools because of problems of adverse selection and free riders. Those problems can be solvedor at least addressedby mandating that everyone buy coverage. Thus, Romney volunteers, I like mandates. The mandates work.
The impatient manager looks at the current system and hears complaints about some people not being insured. So he commands, Id say each state needs to get busy on the job of getting all our citizens insured. Or, as Obama and a Democratic Congress have subsequently done, imposes a federal mandate that diminishes our individual liberty and erodes religious freedom.
Romneycare was an understandable effort to fix the system over which Mitt Romney presided in Massachusetts. But the country has changed markedly in the last six yearswithout a corresponding change in Romneys views. If our current problems lent themselves to technocratic and managerial fixes, Romney could be a reasonably compelling candidate. But they dont.
Indeed, what Republican primary voters sense is that a technocratic and managerial mindset could prove an obstacle to coming to grips with the situation we face. If the problem is a liberty-encroaching unlimited government, we dont need that government to run more efficiently. If the problem is a suffocating nanny state, we dont need better organization of the nannies. If we have an opportunity to revitalize citizenship, we need leaders who view us not as clients to be managed or consumers to be served, but as self-governing citizens who would fare better without an overbearing and overweening government. If we are sick of being managed by liberal technocrats, were not going to be thrilled merely to replace their rule with that of moderately conservative technocrats.
Mitt Romney likes mandates. Conservativesespecially in light of Obamacaredont. Conservatives like liberty.
Yet, another example of how Romney is BHO lite.
At a moment in history when we need a bold commitment to reform, a fundamental willingness to limit the state and revitalize self-government,
Romneys achievements and qualifications seem out of step with the times.
There... fixed it
Am I wrong or is this whole state’s rights thing not work so good as of late? Especially, when you have a jr dictator using the Federal government to supercedes a state’s decisions?
You know like how Obama stuck his big ears in Az over immigration. And, recently in NC In the seemingly neverending crusade to pervert thats states definition of marriage?
So he is arguing the government can easily get the money owed if they call it a tax, and they cannot get the money owed if it is called a debt.
And he wonders why there is such a disconnect.
Similarly Ms. Fluke wants her "health care" to be between her and her doctor, but not the one who is paying for it. But when you invite your fellow citizens in to pay, then you have inextricably given them a say in your health care.
Exactly why Conservatives do not like Romney.
He is Obama with no tan.
I am against Obama, not because he is black, but because of his policies, Why would I wantto replace him with a white man with the same policies?
Simple, I don’t—it has nothing to do with race. It is Obama’s spending spree, his Obamacare, his rejection of our friends and his helping the Muslim Brotherhood.
I don’t know about Obama’s Birth certificate, but born here or not Obama is no American. Nor is Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or Steny Hoyer.
It's his name. Ging-ritch. It already sounds like a nasty word, and the media would turn it into a swear-word before by his second year in office. In 2014, the MSM will make sure that every single Republican in the House and the Senate is tied right to Gingritch. 2014 would be a rout of historic proportions. The Democrat rabble that is washed in in the wake of this debacle will be made up of worse than Alan Greyson and Anthony Weiner. In fact, those two might very swirl back in, and they'll be among the moderates. They'll use Gingritch just like they used Boosh. Make it into an obscenity. And our "new" American electorate will eat it up. Mark my words.
Gingritch gone in one, just like Obama. Tit for tat. The MSM will make it so. Sorry to be the bringer of such bad news. I don't like it either.
Very interesting blast from the past.
Do as you please and talk yourself into paralysis over what can be done to someone’s name.
You won’t find me joining in, whatever happens.
Is the answer the NAME Santorum?
Already it has become Sanctitorum or just plain Rick Sanctimonious.
Some say, Saint Rick.
The only complaint I ever heard about Gingrich’s same was the Newt part. People said, who would want a President called Newt?
People can’t change their name or what their detractors decide to do with their name.
Obsess on that as the death knell if you wish.
Obama’s name has had everything under the sun done to it.
There’s a book in a chain bookstore, but by a local author, called “Obamanation”.
We are going with IDEAS. If a name does you in, the country is gone anyhow.
Gingrich for good or ill stands no chance for the GOP top spot, because his elected experience is all in the House.
In fact, Garfield is the last elected president whose experience was last in the House. This ensures also no “President Ron Paul”.
Senators don’t do well either, but especially those who lose their seat by 18 points.
Romney is a MA liberal masquerading as a conservative when it suits him, but even now he constantly slips up and shows his true colors, because that can’t be helped. Such kinds of truths will out, as they say.
Tell you what, you join with Steely Tom who says it’s aaaaaaaalllllllll in the name and what your enemies can do to twist it around, and the both of you post downers to your hearts’ content.
You won’t find me there.
And that will be true, regardless of what happens.
From my perspective, that's a lot of pluses +++++++++++ in his favor. Then too, he was the SPEAKER of the House that brought us the Republican revolution in 1994.
Here, I've fixed it.
“I am against Obama, not because he is black, but because of his policies”
He’s not even black, but he pretends to be.
He is black when he wants to be.
He is filled with hatred for anything white.
He is a typical Mulatto. Mad at both parents for what he is, but leaning towards his black side because he is accepted easier there.
His “black” side is Arab. Many Arabs are black.
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