Skip to comments.BREAKING: Mitt Romney Urged Obama to Embrace the Individual Mandate
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 ...
That explains his little deal with Pam Bondi to make Romneycare go nationwide....
They do because he told them he will get rid of Obamacare and the media says that is true..
He must sound convincing. But they believe him at their own risk.
Guess what? mandates are going to cost you even more. The worst part is those freeloaders will still pay nothing, but you will pay more.
Hell of a deal, ain’t it?
OMG....Newt and Rick should do nothing but call for Mittens to withdraw....every day, every hour...is he STILL in?....why doesn’t he take over HHS for Obama...? (etc)
“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”
This is the same lie Romney uses.
After he created mandates in Mass. the cost of healthcare increased.
Also, insurance premiums don’t increase because of the uninsured. That is a complete lie. The hospitals and states foot the bill, not the insurance companies.
Why are you parroting Mittens and Obamas lies?
I see quite a difference between requiring someone to have health insurance and a government run insurance program. I understand entropy12’s position as long as only PRIVATE health insurance is involved. Everyone on here is so concerned about being forced to pay for other people’s health care. That is EXACTLY what you are doing with ANY health insurance program. The healthy pay for the sick and if you are lucky enough not to get sick then you end up paying for everyone else. The other point he makes is that we are paying RIGHT NOW for everyone who goes to the E.R. because they don’t have health insurance. Who do you think is paying for that? The health insurance fairy? WE ARE, through taxes, higher hospital costs, etc. I would rather these people have to pay for their own health insurance so they go to a regular doctor then to go to the much more expensive E.R. and stick us taxpayers with the bill. Flame away, but don’t just call me liberal, etc. (I am FAR from it), but tell me why I am wrong, if you can.
how many times have his apologists said as long as its at the state level its okay??
Now we learn this!?
I just was pointing that out to my son when I saw your post.
I guess the rest are just pretend candidates ... not kidding - it makes you wonder.
Yoo hoo? Sarah? Col/West? Gotta be 20 million choices out there and this crew is what we get? I will vote but jeez louise!
While you’re correct and he’s wrong, I think calling him a scumbag is a bit harsh and inappropriate.
“I consider myself as fiscal & monetary conservative and I am in favor of mandates”
Dont take it personal if your a recovering Dem you are going to get trashed around here. It takes a while to wash out the Dogma. If your just trolling from somewhere else your wasting your time.
Why should I have to support these free loaders?
With or without ObamaCare we’ll still be supporting these free loaders. They’re not going to disappear and it’s likely that with this economy we’ll see many more of them. We’re about to experience a disaster in America’s healthcare system. Government can mandate us to death but it won’t change a thing, won’t lower prices, won’t insure everyone and there will be more cheats, more corruption, more fraud and higher healthcare use than before this outrage was passed without being read by any of our leaders.
The problem with Mittens is that RomneyCare Mandates at the State level are just as bad as at the federal level. Just ask the people in Mass.
The system isn't perfect and I'd love to see insurance go away forever. However having big government, especially the feds, come in and have me pay an 8% fine or debtors PRISON for five years for not paying it, is beyond unconscionable. There is nothing in favor of mandates. I don't give a damn what the heritage foundation or anything else says. It's big government.
It’s breaking news because it’s exposing the imposter now even if it was written in the past.
I have never believed Romney would repeal Obamacare. I don’t think the majority of Americans understand the destructive irreversible damage if that bill is not repealed.
Romney is the Republican version of John Kerry.
The Heritage scholars later backed away from mandates. It was a burst of idiocy they now regret. Mandates inevitably bankrupt insurance companies because greedy government forces the insurance companies to cover EVERYTHING. Free health insurance for all!!
The mandates can’t keep up. A huge shortfall in revenue results. So government has to step in to pick up the pieces. As government always does.
Romney is Lenin to Obama’s Marx to Hillary’s Stalin to Napoletano’s Goebbels.
And why exactly did the conservatives need the Democrats to reveal a published op-ed in USA Today?