Skip to comments.Romney's Transition Leader Favors Implementing Obamacare
Posted on 06/04/2012 6:47:29 AM PDT by C19fan
One of the few Republicans in the country who's been tirelessly pushing for the implementation of Obamacare at the state level has been tapped to head Mitt Romney's transition team, should he become president.
Former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, and his consulting group Leavitt Partners, are the primary advocates within Republican circles for implementation of Obamacare's exchanges. It just so happens that his consultancy is one of the major beneficiaries of the taxpayer funded gold mine of hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange implementation grants.
(Excerpt) Read more at ricochet.com ...
Another reason not to vote for Obamalite.
Just one more reason to do everything you can to get as many Tea Partiers elected to Congress as possible.
Oh. And don't forget to bring this up to the RNC telemarketer when he or she calls.
Anything to make Romney frightening or drive a wedge. Only Obama supporters sould give this a second look.
We have a candidate, like him or not. He needs to focus all his attention on dislodging the Communist from the White House. The infighting can come after we gain control.
Lets get to defeating one enemy at a time.
Oh Im sure Leavitt is one of those severely conserviest conservatives ...
after all messiah Mitt has chosen him as one of his disciples...
Oh, no-—I’m so shocked! I thought Mitt had really become conservative. /sarc
The “ABO-hold-your-nose-and-vote-for-whatever-drone-the-Republican-Masters-give-us” crowd is going to be sorely disappointed when they wake up a year from now to realize that nothing has changed...
(But, four years from now, they’ll still be singing the same tune.. sigh )
Exchanges in and of themselves may not necessarily be a bad thing. It depends on how many mandates/regulations/state meddling comes along with them. A free-market based private exchange might actually be helpful to a number of individuals and small businesses who have trouble buying coverage.
This is my ‘surprised’ face.
I’m sure the ABO’s will be here any minute calling us names for refusing to drink the Kool-Aid.
This is why we need to make every US House and Senate race a priority. We know that Obama is a destructive and hateful big government liberal. In the event that Romney also turns out to be a big government liberal, we need a Congress that will restrain his liberal urges. Get every patriotic American to the polls in November - we need both houses of Congress, with as big a margin as possible.
Their rally cry:
WE WANNA LOSE
WE WANNA LOSE
[If the people wanted Obamacare, they might as well keep the one they have, rather than turning it over to Romney. Are Romney’s advisors really that stupid? Did he hire a bunch of loser McCain advisors?]
This is absolutely the most dispiriting presidential campaign season I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime.
“Former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, and his consulting group Leavitt Partners, are the primary advocates within Republican circles for implementation of Obamacare’s exchanges. It just so happens that his consultancy is one of the major beneficiaries of the taxpayer funded gold mine of hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange implementation grants.”
This makes me sick to my stomach.
IIRC, Romney vowed that he would stop Obamacare [assuming the SC finds it constitutional] on the FIRST day of his presidency.
Is Romney and his advisors on the same page?
At that point, it literally would mean no difference between the two, and 100% of resources would be converted to congress to be able to stonewall everything, especially judges.
I don't believe the implications of this headline.
Campaign tactic from the Dems ?
There is too much at stake, to just give up.
News that Mitt Romney had tapped former Utah Governor and HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt to be the point man of what Politico described as a government-in-waiting worried at least one conservative opinion leader Sunday.
Ben Domenech, a think tank policy fellow, and co-founder of RedState.com, unleashed a torrent of Tweets, noting that Romney had chosen as his transition leader one of the handful of Republicans who supports Obamacares central expansion. (Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that, Leavitt strenuously backed the core piece of President Barack Obamas health-care law and urged the states to move forward together in adopting health insurance exchanges.)
The worry, of course, is that this selection perhaps says something about Romneys commitment to overturning ObamaCare.
But Team Romney was quick to dismiss those worries. Reached for comment, Romney spokesman Lenny Alcivar said: Unlike President Obama, voters can rest assured that a Romney Administration will put America back on track. That starts with repealing Obamacare, starting Day One. Make no mistake, the only person who will make policy decisions under a Romney Administration is Mitt Romney.
“This is absolutely the most dispiriting presidential campaign season Ive ever experienced in my lifetime.”
You must not been around when Bob Dole was the nominee.
The transition leader helps choose the political appointees filling the top positions in the Federal government. It is a critical slot. If Romney does not un-hire this guy, he may find himself watching the next inauguration on TV.
Heck, I was ten times more energized when Dole was the nominee, lame as he was! But this Romney/Obama race is like watching a Democratic Primary race from afar. A race between two Dems in which no one remotely represents my views.
But you are 1000% correct.
With Romney, he at least MIGHT be persuaded to move to the right. Especially with us taking back a majority in the Senate and building our lead in the House.
Whereas with Obozo, we know what he'll do once he never has to worry about another election, and has four more years to destroy this country.
Make no mistake about it.
Freepers who vote for Romney if he is on the ballot in November are for Romney/Obamacare.
You can expect if Romney wins that every time someone dies because bureaucrats denied them treatment... I will be pinging any idiot who claimed not voting Romney was voting for Obama to those threads and pointing out their personal desponsibility for each and every death.
Well, since Romney has vowed to get rid of Obama care on day one, I’m gonna wait to react on this story until I hear more.
Please take me off your ping list.
Well that settles it, I’m voting third party.
Yea, I know that as a practical matter voting third party is exactly the same as voting for Obama (both contribute to Obama’s reelection), but at least I can feel good about casting my vote (even if it 100% ensures ObamaCare will never be repealed) instead of casting a vote for that RINO Romney (even it it would at least gives us a fighting chance of repealing ObamaCare).
Follow your principles and vote 3rd party. Symbolism over substance forever!
You have a candidate, there is no “We”, and Romney has been pushing socialised medicine since before he was a presidential candidate - your personal laziness in not finding out who he was before today’s media stories does not change that.
Since you were too clueless to be aware it the past, you are wounding yojr own credibility when you try to come up with some notion that this is some recent smear dreamed up to attack Romney. It is not. This is one of his defining issues
Who didn’t see this coming?
Fire Leavitt Now!!!
If that post describes you, you will just have to live with the posts you put up being linked and quoted and you being held accountable for them.
That will not be a personal attack within the site rules, nor stalking.
If you are taking that position and using that tactic, then have the courage to stick to your convictions and accept the consequences both good and bad.
” - - - - tirelessly pushing for the implementation of Obamacare at the state level has been tapped to head Mitt Romney’s transition team - - - “
It is time to Campaign for an OPEN Convention in Tampa.
It is time to consider ONLY anti-Obama/Romney”care” Republican Dark Horses to replace Romney at the OPEN Convention in Tampa.
The main focus of the Republican Party should now be focused on DUMPING Romney.
BTW, Florida Rep. Allen West, is no longer a candidate to replace or team up with Romney, as West has stated his support of a modified Obama”care.”
It’s the GOP that isn’t on the same page as the American public. Americans by a huge margin (we’re talking over 60%) want to repeal ObamaCare.
Then you’ve got people like Sen. Sessions (from Alabama of all places) saying we shouldn’t repeal ObamaCare, but instead just need to tweak/remove the bad parts.
It’s going to take huge pressure on par with the 2009 Tea Party rallies to get these bozos to repeal ObamaCare.
You must not been around when Bob Dole was the nominee.
Maybe just not around you, RT. No man who fought and faced death for our country can be diminished to the level of Mitt Romney who was traipsing around in France in a uniform set of magic underwear, while his contemporaries served in war.
Say whatever else you will of Dole or McCain (and I'll likely agree), but they tower above Mitt Romney. They also knew how to pick a non-dispiriting running mate! :)
To think I actually defended mitt yesterday, and now this. I take it all back. FYR.
Wow...Surprise! Shazam! Romney is just all that and a plastic cracker jack prize thrown in!
We may have to buy I-told-you-so’s in bulk.
Anybody surprised at this news is dumb enough to ferry a scorpion across a stream.
Both Dole and McCain fought less to get elected president than they did to win the nomination. Getting the GOP nomination was the victory lap for their political career, actually winning was an after-thought.
Romney wants to win. Maybe he wants to win for all the wrong reasons (personal ego and ambition), but he damn well wants to be President and seems to be willing to fight tooth and nail to get it.
I am hardly a big Romney supporter, but at least for once the GOP has nominated someone that is willing to fight to win.
You all asked for Romney. Now that you got him and slobbering all over him for the past month, you get to keep him. Glad I have not drunk the Romney Kool Aid....I won’t either. You guys are so easily swayed in such a sad way.
He promised to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with his own plan, which as of yet has not been fully fleshed out.
That's not the same as just getting rid of it.
A vote of conscience is hardly symbolism. Its just the right thing to do. Sometimes life presents hard choices. Character is doing the right thing even when you know the immediate consequences will not be pleasant. If we continue to sell off bits and pieces of our conscience every few years, simply because we fear the future, we will eventually have nothing left to sell, and our would-be overlords will no longer need to pretend they care.
People are only quoting half of his position!
Romney wants to repeal and replace. That promise is from his own campaign site.
ABR's have the best of both worlds. Romney wins and everything he does as POTUS will not be conservative enough. Romney loses and it will be "I told you so".
So go ahead and buy those I-told-you so's in bulk now because you can't lose this bet. When you don't take a stand in this election and support nothing, you can't lose.