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BREAKING: Mitt Romney Urged Obama to Embrace the Individual Mandate
Red State ^ | March 2, 2012 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 03/02/2012 4:15:43 PM PST by red flanker

Had Michigan not been as close, the Democrats would have waited to spring this on us in the general election. Luckily we have it now and I hope Ohio voters are paying attention.

In July 2009, Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed in USA Today urging Barack Obama to usean individual mandate at the national level to control healthcare costs.

On the campaign trail now, Mitt Romney says the individual mandate is appropriate for Massachusetts, but not the nation. Repeatedly in debates, Romney has said he opposes a national individual mandate.

But back in 2009, as Barack Obama was formulating his healthcare vision for the country, Mitt Romney encouraged him publicly to use an individual mandate. In his op-ed, Governor Romney suggested that the federal government learn from Massachusetts how to make healthcare available for all.

(Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: healthcare; individualmandate; obama; obamacare; romney; romney4obama; romney4obamacare; romneybigdigs; romneybringsdeath; romneycare; romneycare4ever; romneycare4everyone; romneycare4u; romneydeathpanels; romneylies; romneymarriage; romneytheliar
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Mitt exposed for being a fork-tongued alien like Θbama

1 posted on 03/02/2012 4:15:49 PM PST by red flanker
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To: red flanker

Romney never has passed the smell test ..... and the stench is getting worse as time goes on.


2 posted on 03/02/2012 4:18:43 PM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: red flanker

I wonder if Drudge will run this..?

And I WONDER what ANDREW would have done..?

RIGHT MATT...?


3 posted on 03/02/2012 4:21:25 PM PST by gaijin
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To: MissMagnolia

Yep he seems to be an extension of obama.


4 posted on 03/02/2012 4:21:30 PM PST by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: red flanker

You vote for Romney and you’re Liberal.


5 posted on 03/02/2012 4:22:15 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: red flanker

Bump


6 posted on 03/02/2012 4:22:53 PM PST by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: red flanker

This bombshell USA Today editorial from less than three years ago surfaces only now? Don’t Santorum and Gingrich have anyone doing opposition research? What an embarrassment.


7 posted on 03/02/2012 4:23:46 PM PST by kevao
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To: red flanker

I don’t understand why this is “Breaking News.” He wrote the op-ed in ‘09.


8 posted on 03/02/2012 4:24:59 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: red flanker

Meanwhile, tons of Republicans keep voting for Romney in primaries!


9 posted on 03/02/2012 4:26:03 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: kevao

Well, I am glad this is out now! How is Mitt going to worm his way out of this one?


10 posted on 03/02/2012 4:26:08 PM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: red flanker

Was Heritage Foundation in favor of mandates? I thought they are as conservative as it gets.

I consider myself as fiscal & monetary conservative and I am in favor of mandates because I am sick and tired of having to pay higher healthcare premiums to pay for those who do not bother to buy insurance, yet show up in hospitals after getting into a serious accident or contacting a serious disease or requiring expensive surgery.

Why should I have to support these free loaders? Why must the hospital go through lot of legal expense to try to recover the unpaid bills?


11 posted on 03/02/2012 4:27:08 PM PST by entropy12 (Profits are the mother's milk of capitalism & prosperity!)
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To: red flanker

Romney sucks!


12 posted on 03/02/2012 4:28:29 PM PST by b4its2late (Patience is not a virtue, it is a waste of time.)
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To: entropy12

“I consider myself as fiscal & monetary conservative...”

Then you may want to reconsider what you consider yourself.


13 posted on 03/02/2012 4:30:51 PM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: b4its2late

Romney sucks to infinity.


14 posted on 03/02/2012 4:30:59 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: red flanker
Ted Nugent's endorsement got my attention. I wavered.

This got my attention MORE.

If Mitt is the nominee, the presidential slot on my ballot remains blank.

Period.

15 posted on 03/02/2012 4:31:15 PM PST by Lazamataz (If unemployment helps the economy, like the W.H. says, then CONTRACTING CANCER MAKES YOU HEALTHIER!)
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To: MissMagnolia

That reminds me of the old tale about the almost brand new Cadillac that was being sold for a $100.00, they couldn’t get the smell out after someone died in it.

Old guys here will remember that old car story from the 60s.


16 posted on 03/02/2012 4:31:26 PM PST by ansel12 (Newt Gingrich knows how to deconstruct Obama in a head to head race, and that is what it will take.)
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To: entropy12

To my post above let me add that I am 100% in favor of PRIVATE insurance only. I am 100% against government run health service of any kind.


17 posted on 03/02/2012 4:31:26 PM PST by entropy12 (Profits are the mother's milk of capitalism & prosperity!)
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To: red flanker
In July 2009, Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed in USA Today urging Barack Obama to usean individual mandate at the national level to control healthcare costs.

On the campaign trail now, Mitt Romney says the individual mandate is appropriate for Massachusetts, but not the nation. Repeatedly in debates, Romney has said he opposes a national individual mandate.

That was then and this is now. There has been many a change of mind on Romney's part since 2009 and there is sure to be many more even before November.

The problem is 0bama is the better liar and will clean up with Romney politically in the meantime.

Romney cannot out-deceive 0bama.

18 posted on 03/02/2012 4:33:38 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: FerociousRabbit

I have reconsidered it many times, and every year I become more conservative. I want every one to be responsible for their own health care expense. I do not want to pay your bills.


19 posted on 03/02/2012 4:33:47 PM PST by entropy12 (Profits are the mother's milk of capitalism & prosperity!)
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To: entropy12

You cam consider yourself whatever you like but the fact is you’re not a conservative in any way, shape, or form. The fact is that the Federal government has absolutely no Constitutional authority to force me to purchase anything.

Anyone supporting the “mandate” is an enemy of the Constitution. Period.


20 posted on 03/02/2012 4:34:02 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: umgud

Republicans are a little slow. Besides, it would help if there was just ONE conservative in the media that could help the party out.


21 posted on 03/02/2012 4:34:28 PM PST by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: red flanker
Yeah...if Romney's the GOP candidate, we can COUNT on him to repeal Obamacare. After all, he said he would, right?

And if you still believe all the bovine excrement that Romney's been saying during this campaign, I've got some beachfront property in Arizona I'd like to sell you.

22 posted on 03/02/2012 4:34:36 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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To: entropy12
I consider myself as fiscal & monetary conservative and I am in favor of mandates because ...
... you're a blithering idiot.
23 posted on 03/02/2012 4:36:08 PM PST by Timaeus (Willard Mitt Romney Delenda Est)
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To: red flanker

Another George Soros approved candidate...


24 posted on 03/02/2012 4:36:09 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: entropy12

>> Was Heritage Foundation in favor of mandates?

Yes there ARE. That is why I dropped them from my support list. Not one cent will they get from me.


25 posted on 03/02/2012 4:37:20 PM PST by Calif4Palin (President Palin sounds so good....)
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To: red flanker

Why hasn’t Newt or Santorum beought this up in debates?!?!


26 posted on 03/02/2012 4:37:20 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: entropy12

“I am 100% against government run health service of any kind.”

Not according to your last statement. The two, the mandate and government run health services, are inseparable.


27 posted on 03/02/2012 4:38:14 PM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: entropy12
I have reconsidered it many times, and every year I become more conservative.
Yet you support using the coercive power of the state to support progressive goals like universal coverage. We should also mandate a calorie count so that you don't have to pay for the social costs of obesity, right? Same logic, dirt bag.

You're a fool.
28 posted on 03/02/2012 4:39:18 PM PST by Timaeus (Willard Mitt Romney Delenda Est)
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To: kevao

Newt’s SuperPAC was too busy making cute cartoons about Romney sitting in a waiting room to bother to look into this, I guess. Actually, I seem to remember this being brought up a while back, maybe last year sometime, maybe in the debates. I know I heard he wrote this editorial a while back, just not sure where. It’s not too different from what Perry was already hitting him with over removing the line from his book about wanting other states to use Romneycare. This is federal, but the line of attack would end up sounding about the same.


29 posted on 03/02/2012 4:40:00 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Lazamataz
If Mitt is the nominee, the presidential slot on my ballot remains blank. Period.

Don't leave blanks, because it encourages people to "help out" and fill in a candidate later. Put in some guy in a minor party instead.

30 posted on 03/02/2012 4:40:08 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: entropy12
To my post above let me add that I am 100% in favor of PRIVATE insurance only. I am 100% against government run health service of any kind.
Liar. You are 100% in favor of using the coercive power of the state to support progressive goals like unviersal coverage because you support government mandates to purchase insurance, which also entails the state supervision of the insurance industry as with RomneyCare and ObamaCare with their exchanges.

You are 100% a scumbag.
31 posted on 03/02/2012 4:43:10 PM PST by Timaeus (Willard Mitt Romney Delenda Est)
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To: red flanker
I don't think this is news. Romney has always been known to support this position. Hell, the Op-ed was in USA today.

What's breaking about this? Romney is a statist and Obamacare was modeled after Romneycare.

32 posted on 03/02/2012 4:44:40 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: entropy12

One problem is the mandate is only a mandate on some people. Under Obamneycare (either one), those deemed unable to afford the mandate are still given free health care that the rest of us still pay for. And it came out a year or two ago that some of the people that would be eligible for the free care are upper-middle class and could afford it on their own.

If we’re going to mandate that hospitals pay for care of uninsured people without funding it, I agree it’s a problem. I would like to see the solution to that problem addressed rather than just hearing the negatives about what we don’t want to do. My opinion, those people who can’t pay their bills have to “wash the dishes” so to speak, do some kind of community service or fill a government job to make up for it. And if they do have a job, their wages should be garnished.


33 posted on 03/02/2012 4:44:57 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: red flanker
This is well worth looking at...

MITT ROMNEY IS CORRUPT

34 posted on 03/02/2012 4:45:23 PM PST by hope
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To: fabian

Easy...no more debates.


35 posted on 03/02/2012 4:45:47 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: KansasGirl

According to Allahpundit, one reason this is just now coming out is the original conveniently disappeared from the USA Today archive.


36 posted on 03/02/2012 4:46:13 PM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: entropy12

“I am in favor of mandates”

You are in the wrong place.


37 posted on 03/02/2012 4:46:28 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: red flanker

mitt = status quo. if you like the way things are going in washington, he’s your guy


38 posted on 03/02/2012 4:46:52 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: red flanker

Quote Link Photos of the meeting can be found in the archives of the Library of Congress.

Kaczynski noted that a book on George Romney quotes the former Michigan governor telling his allies, “I think you ought to listen to Alinsky.”

Political analyst and think-tank researcher Steve Baldwin believes that Mitt Romney was definitely impacted by his father’s association with Alinsky.

39 posted on 03/02/2012 4:49:03 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: shelterguy
Romney sucks to infinity.Dude...

Buzz Light Year with the Mitsers Face Super-imposed with the works "Sucks" on his vest

Under neath that: To Infinity and Beyond!

Someone needs to photoshop this..

40 posted on 03/02/2012 4:50:10 PM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Vince Ferrer

Yeah, good point. Palin, I suppose.


41 posted on 03/02/2012 4:51:38 PM PST by Lazamataz (If unemployment helps the economy, like the W.H. says, then CONTRACTING CANCER MAKES YOU HEALTHIER!)
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To: red flanker

Interesting that, in the age of the Internet, something as important as a USAToday op-ed would have gone undiscovered for so long.


42 posted on 03/02/2012 4:52:23 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: red flanker

Oh good grief. Really? Googling USA Today for an old op-ed passes for opposition research and/or investigative journalism these days?

Really sad.


43 posted on 03/02/2012 4:52:30 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: red flanker; onyx; TitansAFC; b9; Gator113; Marcella; katiedidit1; annieokie; ...
http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/mitt-romneys-advice-for-obamacare-look-at-romney

" Health care cannot be handled the same way as the stimulus and cap-and-trade bills. With those, the president stuck to the old style of lawmaking: He threw in every special favor imaginable, ground it up and crammed it through a partisan Democratic Congress. Health care is simply too important to the economy, to employment and to America's families to be larded up and rushed through on an artificial deadline. There's a better way. And the lessons we learned in Massachusetts could help Washington find it.

Our experience also demonstrates that getting every citizen insured doesn't have to break the bank. First, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance. Using tax penalties ($2000 per non-insured person) , as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages "free riders" to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others. This doesn't cost the government a single dollar (right, it cost the people who pay fines, because they don't listen to Obama or Romney). Second, we helped pay for our new program by ending an old one (and he pretended that nothing was going to change for people who had insurance!)— something government should do more often. The federal government sends an estimated $42 billion to hospitals that care for the poor: Use those funds instead to help the poor buy private insurance, as we did." - Mitt Romney

Don't spend money on the poor, is Romney's motto! We knew that he doesn't care about the poor, but we learn now that Mitt doesn't care for the sick poor people either.

44 posted on 03/02/2012 4:55:04 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: red flanker

I’ve been saying Milt was a liberal- and if you vote for him you are a liberal.. the fact is many conservatives dont know this news and probally wont ever know. all they know is they are voting for a conservative, but they aint..


45 posted on 03/02/2012 4:58:46 PM PST by chicken head
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To: entropy12
I consider myself as fiscal & monetary conservative and I am in favor of mandates

Do you even know what government mandate means? It means that you have no choice but to go against you own conscience and / or will. And that will be for anything if Obamacare stands.
When has any government mandate ever reduced the costs on anything? When has the government ever out performed the free market?

46 posted on 03/02/2012 4:59:40 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: MissMagnolia

I thought this was perfectly well known, and for a while. Breaking?


47 posted on 03/02/2012 5:00:36 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (The only economic certainty: When it all blows up, Krugman will say we didn't spend enough.)
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To: Timaeus
I refrained from saying that, glad someone got it in.

Either an idiot or under 25, but then I repeat myself.

48 posted on 03/02/2012 5:05:33 PM PST by annieokie
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To: Timaeus

He joined Jan 2012. I smell a DU troll.


49 posted on 03/02/2012 5:09:06 PM PST by annieokie
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Redstate has it as “breaking” - Romney’s ‘defense’ of Romneycare has been that it was ok for Massachusetts, but not for the nation as a whole. Now they’ve found a 2009 op-ed where he urged Obama to use an individual mandate on a national level.


50 posted on 03/02/2012 5:12:57 PM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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