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Confirmed: Romneycare = Obamacare
MichelleMalkin.com ^ | January 26, 2012 10:32 AM | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 04/13/2012 7:02:23 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

Jim Pethokoukis spotlights a new Health Affairs study on how Romneycare laid the foundation for Obamacare, and what it portends for the federal health insurance scene. In short: Expanded government coverage, higher taxpayer costs. Read here for details and analysis. His conclusion:

The authors conclude that based on the Romneycare experience, Obamacare will improve coverage and not kill employer-based insurance, but containing costs will be a “considerable challenge.” That is probably the avenue Romney should use to a) attack Obamacare and b) present his own national health reform. But this study will perpetuate the meme that Romneycare was the prototype for Obamacare. Santorum hammered Romney on this point at the last debate more effectively than any other candidate throughout this campaign season, probably because he understands the issue better than his rivals. We’ll see if he or Gingrich follows up tonight.

No surprises, of course. We already heard from Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber in October:

The Obama administration may have relied much more heavily on Romney’s Massachusetts healthcare legislation as a blueprint for Obamacare than was previously believed.

White House visitor logs obtained by NBC News revealed that three of Romney’s healthcare advisers had up to a dozen meetings with senior administration officials, including one in the Oval Office presided over by President Barack Obama.

“They really wanted to know how we can take that same approach we used in Massachusetts and turn that into a national model,” MIT economist and Romney healthcare adviser Jon Gruber told NBC.

And back in September, I noted the analysis by Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute showing the depths of the economic damage that Romneycare did in the Bay State.

Flashback:

Romney’s baggage. It is so heavy:

The Bay State’s controversial 2006 universal health-care plan — also known as “Romneycare” — has cost Massachusetts more than 18,000 jobs, according to an exclusive blockbuster study that could provide ammo to GOP rivals of former Gov. Mitt Romney as he touts his job-creating chops on the campaign trail.

“Mandating health insurance coverage and expanding the demand for health services without increasing supply drove up costs. Economics 101 tells us that,” said Paul Bachman, research director at Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute, the conservative think tank that conducted the study. The Herald obtained an exclusive copy of the findings.

“The ‘shared sacrifice’ needed to provide universal health care includes a net loss of jobs, which is attributable to the higher costs that the measure imposed,” said David Tuerck, the institute’s executive director.

…Despite Romney’s vaunted business acumen as a successful venture capitalist, Bachman said the former governor “was a little naive about what would become of the law.”

The Beacon Hill Institute study found that, on average, Romneycare:

•    cost the Bay State 18,313 jobs;

•    drove up total health insurance costs in Massachusetts by $4.311 billion;

•    slowed the growth of disposable income per person by $376; and

•    reduced investment in Massachusetts by $25.06 million.

And remember that RomneyCare relied on FedGovCare as a sturdy crutch: “He also noted the state’s health-care costs have been heavily subsidized by billions of dollars in federal aid through a Medicaid waiver program.”

The SEIU may be attacking Romney in Floridanow, but Big Labor radicals made out well under Romneycare.

I repeat: RomneyCare and ObamaCare share not only the same ideological architects, but similar waiver programs in part set up to benefit Big Labor – via Boston Globe in February:

Massachusetts regulators granted more exemptions last year to residents who said they could not afford the health insurance required by the state, waiving the tax penalty for more than half of those who appealed, according to state data.

State officials said they excused the majority of waiver applicants in large part because of the protracted sour economy, which made insurance unaffordable for more people. Under the 2006 state law that requires most residents to have coverage, regulators have significant latitude to authorize waivers by taking into account factors such as a home foreclosure.

The number of people seeking exemptions in 2010 was about the same as in 2009, and state figures show that roughly 98 percent of residents were insured last year.

Even as Republicans and many states wage a bitter battle in Congress and the courts to block the mandatory insurance requirement in the national health care law, the provision appears to retain broad acceptance in Massachusetts.

Regulators’ flexibility may be part of the reason.

“We aren’t going to make someone pay just to make them pay,’’ said Celia Wcislo, a director of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and a member of the Connector Authority, which oversees Massachusetts’ health care law and grants the exemptions.

Refresher on the politicized “Connector Authority” via Cato:

When Romney signed his plan he claimed “a key objective is to lower the cost of health insurance for all our citizens and allow our citizens to buy the insurance plan that fits their needs.” In actuality, insurance premiums in the state are expected to rise 10–12 percent next year, double the national average.

…Although there are undoubtedly many factors behind the cost increase, one reason is that the new bureaucracy that the legislation created-the “Connector”-has not been allowing Massachusetts citizens to buy insurance that “fits their needs.”

Although it has received less media attention than other aspects of the bill, one of the most significant features of the legislation is the creation of the Massachusetts Health Care Connector to combine the current small-group and individual markets under a single unified set of regulations. Supporters such as Robert E. Moffit and Nina Owcharenko of the Heritage Foundation consider the Connector to be the single most important change made by the legislation, calling it “the cornerstone of the new plan” and “a major innovation and a model for other states.”

The Connector is not actually an insurer. Rather, it is designed to allow individuals and workers in small companies to take advantage of the economies of scale, both in terms of administration and risk pooling, which are currently enjoyed by large employers. Multiple employers are able to pay into the Connector on behalf of a single employee. And, most importantly, the Connector would allow workers to use pretax dollars to purchase individual insurance. That would make insurance personal and portable, rather than tied to an employer-all very desirable things.

However, many people were concerned that the Connector was being granted too much regulatory authority. It was given the power to decide what products it would offer and to designate which types of insurance offered “high quality and good value.” This phrase in particular worried many observers because it is the same language frequently included in legislation mandating insurance benefits.

At the time the legislation passed, Ed Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation reassured critics that “the Connector will neither design the insurance products being offered nor regulate the insurers offering the plans.” In reality, however, the Connector’s board has seen itself as a combination of the state legislature and the insurance commissioner, adding a host of new regulations and mandates.

For example, the Connector’s governing board has decreed that by January 2009, no one in the state will be allowed to have insurance with more than a $2,000 deductible or total out-of-pocket costs of more than $5,000. In addition, every policy in the state will be required to phase in coverage of prescription drugs, a move that could add 5–15 percent to the cost of insurance plans. A move to require dental coverage barely failed to pass the board, and the dentists-along with several other provider groups-have not given up the effort to force their inclusion. This comes on top of the 40 mandated benefits that the state had previously required, ranging from in vitro fertilization to chiropractic services.

Thus, it appears that the Connector offers quite a bit of pain for relatively little gain. Although the ability to use pretax dollars to purchase personal and portable insurance should be appealing in theory, only about 7,500 nonsubsidized workers have purchased insurance through the Connector so far. On the other hand, rather than insurance that “fits their needs,” Massachusetts residents find themselves forced to buy expensive “Cadillac” policies that offer many benefits that they may not want.

Governor Romney now says that he cannot be held responsible for the actions of the Connector board, because it’s “an independent body separate from the governor’s office.” However, many critics of the Massachusetts plan warned him precisely against the dangers of giving regulatory authority to a bureaucracy that would last long beyond his administration.

Industrial-strength nose plugs can’t cover the stench.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
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And the Un-Masking of Mitt Romney, the left-wing, Progressive Liberal, continues . . .
"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton

1 posted on 04/13/2012 7:02:27 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Mitt has won. Your choice is Romney or Obama. I sure the heck don’t want Obama again. It’s time to stop taking potshots at Mitt. We can’t kick the can down the road 4 years, or we might find ourselves so far in debt there will be no way out.


2 posted on 04/13/2012 7:13:12 PM PDT by pithyinme (Obama stimulus is 5 times the cost & half the satisfaction...)
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To: SoConPubbie

Mitt has won. Your choice is Romney or Obama. I sure the heck don’t want Obama again. It’s time to stop taking potshots at Mitt. We can’t kick the can down the road 4 years, or we might find ourselves so far in debt there will be no way out.


3 posted on 04/13/2012 7:13:22 PM PDT by pithyinme (Obama stimulus is 5 times the cost & half the satisfaction...)
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To: pithyinme
It’s time to stop taking potshots at Mitt.

LOL

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4 posted on 04/13/2012 7:20:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: pithyinme

Mitt has won> maybe in your mind, not mine.

I am not voting for Mitt, the Obama lite.


5 posted on 04/13/2012 7:38:17 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: SoConPubbie

6 posted on 04/13/2012 7:42:31 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: SoConPubbie

He’s a global warmist, too. He’ll have a field day with that agenda!


7 posted on 04/13/2012 8:42:44 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SoConPubbie

SoConPubbie,

You have reached and surpassed the point of being boring... The GOP nomination race is over. What is the point of your incessant posting about Romney? Are you trying to take over freerepublic to be come the “SoConPubbie I hate Romney” site????

It got so bad that I actually looked back at your profile to see if you were some democratic plant but it seems you liked Sarah...

... so what is it? We get it, you don’t like Romney. For myself I’m picking up one of Glenn Beck’s new t-shirts “At Least He’s Not a Commy T-Shirt”... I suggest you do the same thing and just move on....


8 posted on 04/13/2012 8:47:15 PM PDT by djl_sa (Looking forward to 2012!)
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To: pithyinme

“Mitt has won. Your choice is Romney or Obama.”

You are a lying kapo.


9 posted on 04/13/2012 8:52:22 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: djl_sa

“For myself I’m picking up one of Glenn Beck’s new t-shirts “At Least He’s Not a Commy T-Shirt”... I suggest you do the same thing and just move on....”

Livery for lackeys I suppose. Perhaps after Bishop Willard is aborted in November there will be a shirt saying “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted National Socialist”.


10 posted on 04/13/2012 8:57:07 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: SoConPubbie
The Bay State’s controversial 2006 universal health-care plan — also known as “Romneycare” — has cost Massachusetts more than 18,000 jobs

18,000 jobs times 57 states. That's a whole lotta jobs!

11 posted on 04/13/2012 9:13:19 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Haggai 1, V6.. and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. (My plight))
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To: pithyinme
Mitt has won. Your choice is Romney or Obama. I sure the heck don’t want Obama again. It’s time to stop taking potshots at Mitt. We can’t kick the can down the road 4 years, or we might find ourselves so far in debt there will be no way out.

Hey, if he is your candidate, you should be proud of his record.

You support him, you own him and his record.
12 posted on 04/13/2012 9:22:42 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: djl_sa


There are 46% of the delegates that have not been won in the primaries and you are pimping a lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal on the premier conservative site on the web.

A web-site whose owner has repeatedly, and publicly stated that this website will not be used to promote Romney.

A web-site whose sole purpose is the promotion of conservative principles and candidates that support those principles.

And yet here you are, pimping Mitt Romney, a lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal who has nothing in his record to recommend him to conservatives.

If you were a sincere conservative, the last thing you would be doing in the midst of the primaries would be pimping said, lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal.

Why are you here?
13 posted on 04/13/2012 9:27:17 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: djl_sa
You have reached and surpassed the point of being boring... The GOP nomination race is over. What is the point of your incessant posting about Romney? Are you trying to take over freerepublic to be come the “SoConPubbie I hate Romney” site????

There are 46% of the delegates that have not been won in the primaries and you are pimping a lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal on the premier conservative site on the web.

A web-site whose owner has repeatedly, and publicly stated that this website will not be used to promote Romney.

A web-site whose sole purpose is the promotion of conservative principles and candidates that support those principles.

And yet here you are, pimping Mitt Romney, a lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal who has nothing in his record to recommend him to conservatives.

If you were a sincere conservative, the last thing you would be doing in the midst of the primaries would be pimping said, lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal.

Why are you here?
14 posted on 04/13/2012 9:28:12 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: djl_sa

LOL! Good reply. He may think he is taking over FR, but as you may have noticed, the number of agreeing post are shrinking dramatically. I suspect by Aug 27th when the Convention is in full swing and Romney has a VP that does excite us former Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Santorum supporters , he will be about as popular as ole pissant was with his anti-Palin post back in 2008.


15 posted on 04/13/2012 9:34:50 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: NavyCanDo; djl_sa
LOL! Good reply. He may think he is taking over FR, but as you may have noticed, the number of agreeing post are shrinking dramatically. I suspect by Aug 27th when the Convention is in full swing and Romney has a VP that does excite us former Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Santorum supporters , he will be about as popular as ole pissant was with his anti-Palin post back in 2008.

Really??

Both of you are all wet!

I'd suggest you visit the following threads to see the "shrinking" numbers of Freepers that don't agree with you:

We will not waste our limited resources on FR in support for a liberal progressive LIAR

Notice: Free Republic has been in full rebellion mode since 2008 and will remain so for the duration

Notice: FR is and will remain a pro-life, small government conservative site.

Both of you should be cautious in how you are posting support for that lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal Romney: Jim Robinson is making it very clear that a zotting season is coming up. Both of you have been here long enough to recognize the signs.

If you value your posting privileges here at FreeRepublic, I'd tone it down if I were you.
16 posted on 04/13/2012 9:45:41 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: djl_sa

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”


17 posted on 04/13/2012 9:51:00 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Tone it down? Have I ever started a pro-Romney thread? The answer is NO.
I am simply a former Cain supporter that is now rallying around the Republican candidate like the vast majority of Republican voters. And I will not be intimidated by those fighting Against our ticket on this forum or any other. But I will allow you to have your say, without running to JR to have you banned. If this forum does turn into something that does ban supporters of the 2012 GOP ticket, like you are asking for, then so-be-it. Ban the heck out of me.


18 posted on 04/13/2012 10:27:17 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: SoConPubbie

Lol...

My first choice for the repubs didn’t even run... my second choice dropped out because of indiscretions... my third choice dropped out because of poor debate performance and bad timing... my fourth choice dropped out to avoid a future embarrassing loss to maintain his political viability in the future...

I think you should search my post history before you try to make any assumptions about me (I at least did the same about you before I commented). I have a total of 3 posts that had anything to do with Romney. One of which I said “But I still don’t want to see him as president... want Sarah or someone who is conservative.”

But the reality of the current situation, whether you want to believe it or not, is that all of the other viable candidates have dropped out and Newt or Paul are not viable.

It doesn’t really matter now whether you believe that we are still in the “midst of the primaries”. There are no other viable candidates left in the race... Maybe you hope there will be a brokered convention but I’m willing to wager that it won’t happen. The republicans are a bit beat up over how they structured this current run and are probably a bit gun shy at the prospect of going down the brokered path..

So from my perspective I would prefer a republican in the office WITH a right leaning/republican House & Senate.

My hope is that the pressure from the right will keep things to the right. It may be a misguided hope but I certainly don’t want another four years of the current president.

Now you can go right ahead and continue spewing your messages but to what point? Sarah didn’t run and she probably never will because she will be savaged by the media... Santorum is out... Newt doesn’t have enough broad appeal... Herman is going to switch over and back Romney... Bachmann never really got any traction... So what is your point?

People like you remind me of kids who get all mad when things don’t go their way and refuse to play. The problem is that the conservative candidates just don’t seem good enough at organizing and raising money to run effective campaigns (Mr. Keys is a great example)... I wish it wasn’t true but it is. So we have to deal with what we are dealt with and continue to work for moving this nations government to the right... instead of packing up our toys...


19 posted on 04/13/2012 10:43:35 PM PDT by djl_sa (Looking forward to 2012!)
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To: djl_sa
People like you remind me of kids who get all mad when things don’t go their way and refuse to play. The problem is that the conservative candidates just don’t seem good enough at organizing and raising money to run effective campaigns (Mr. Keys is a great example)... I wish it wasn’t true but it is. So we have to deal with what we are dealt with and continue to work for moving this nations government to the right... instead of packing up our toys...

And no matter how many times Romney supporters like yourself purposefully mischaracterize those of us no longer playing the GOP-E game, you will be reminded on a continual basis here at FreeRepublic of the total lack of conservatism of Romney, and by extension, yourself for supporting him.

You support him: you own him and his record.

The primaries are just over half finished and you are pimping the worst GOP POTUS candidate ever on a conservative web-site devoted to his defeat.

Be careful FRiend, Jim is giving everyone fair warning, don't pimp Romney on this site. He already has started the zotting on another thread.
20 posted on 04/13/2012 10:50:03 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: NavyCanDo
Tone it down? Have I ever started a pro-Romney thread? The answer is NO. I am simply a former Cain supporter that is now rallying around the Republican candidate like the vast majority of Republican voters. And I will not be intimidated by those fighting Against our ticket on this forum or any other. But I will allow you to have your say, without running to JR to have you banned. If this forum does turn into something that does ban supporters of the 2012 GOP ticket, like you are asking for, then so-be-it. Ban the heck out of me.

Just a fair warning friend, this pattern is familiar here on FreeRepublic.
21 posted on 04/13/2012 10:51:24 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

“Both of you should be cautious in how you are posting support for that lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal Romney: Jim Robinson is making it very clear that a zotting season is coming up. Both of you have been here long enough to recognize the signs.

If you value your posting privileges here at FreeRepublic, I’d tone it down if I were you.” — SoConPubbie

WOW... Amazing... wish I had read this one before I responded to your previous post. Please, do some research at my postings before you start throwing out threats about censorship.... Amazing... and juvenile...

“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is the hallmark of an authoritarian regime...”
—Justice Potter Stewart, dissenting Ginzberg v. United States, 383 U.S. 463 (1966)


22 posted on 04/13/2012 11:04:54 PM PDT by djl_sa (Looking forward to 2012!)
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To: SoConPubbie

“You support him: you own him and his record. “

Please, please, please, please at least walk through a couple of pages of my postings before you throw out accusations. I’m just being a realist in our current situation...

... you still haven’t answered my question. Since you feel there is still primary left who do you support to get those delegates and earn the GOP nomination?


23 posted on 04/13/2012 11:13:09 PM PDT by djl_sa (Looking forward to 2012!)
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To: djl_sa
WOW... Amazing... wish I had read this one before I responded to your previous post. Please, do some research at my postings before you start throwing out threats about censorship.... Amazing... and juvenile...

This is a private website whose owner has it made it loud and clear and unmistakable that promoting Romney will not be tolerated on HIS website, and my admonition was meant as a friendly reminder.

Do as you wish, wrap yourself in a blanket of self-righteousness, but your cause is anything but righteous; you are supporting the worst possible GOP POTUS candidate ever put forward by the GOP-E when the primaries are barely half over on a website devoted to defeating him.

Poster beware!
24 posted on 04/13/2012 11:13:21 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: djl_sa
Please, please, please, please at least walk through a couple of pages of my postings before you throw out accusations. I’m just being a realist in our current situation...

... you still haven’t answered my question. Since you feel there is still primary left who do you support to get those delegates and earn the GOP nomination?


Are you still operating under the idea that anybody running against Romney must get 1144 delegates?

All we have to do is make sure Romney does not get 1144 delegates.

And you are lying about being a realist, the primaries are just barely over half over; there are 46% of the delegates to be still won, and you are openly advocating for a lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal like Mitt Romney.

Like I said before, you support Romney, you own him and his record.

If you were truly conservative, you wouldn't mention a word in support of Romney, especially when the nomination was not settled yet.

You are a liar.
25 posted on 04/13/2012 11:16:57 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

You throw “liar” around so flippantly... I’ve been participating on this site since 1999 so again, please review my posting history which should be fairly clear where I stand on things...

In the meantime, just answer the questions and if you can convince me then I will send money to that candidate to help him or her otherwise I will support the republican nominee:

1) Who is the viable candidate?
2) What is their pathway to getting the nomination?


26 posted on 04/13/2012 11:27:52 PM PDT by djl_sa (Looking forward to 2012!)
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