Romney called it "a state solution to a state problem" yet promised to work to repeal ObamaCare -- not because it is necessarily unworkable or contains an offensive mandate under threat of "fines." No, Romney opposes ObamaCare as "a power grab by the federal government to put in place a one-size-fits-all plan across the nation." More incredibly, Romney says, "(RomneyCare) was right for the people of my state"!?
He blew it. Here's what Romney should have said:
"Let me say this about what folks call RomneyCare, the so-called model for ObamaCare. Not only is ObamaCare an assault on the Constitution, an assault on the notion of federalism, an arrogant assumption that one size fits all, it also completely ignores the sad reality of health care in my home state. I take full responsibility for that mistake -- and it was a mistake. To the people of Massachusetts, I say this: Even with the best of intentions and the generosity of the Massachusetts people, we simply have not met our goals.
"I promised that all those without health insurance would receive it. In fact, 100,000 still do not have health insurance. I promised that ER lines would become almost nonexistent. In fact, the lines are longer. I promised that premiums would go down. In fact, costs for employer-sponsored plans are rising faster than in any other state. Health care costs are spiraling upward, and people are waiting longer for treatment. Without cash infusion by the federal government -- which means taxpayers in the other 49 states pay for health care in my home state -- 'RomneyCare' would practically bankrupt Massachusetts.
"I was wrong. I've learned my lesson. I can speak to the dangers of ObamaCare unlike any other person in this race. I lived it, and I intend to do everything in my power to ensure it is never inflicted on any other state.
"The private sector is and remains the best way to assure the cheapest and most widely accessible goods and services. Some will fall through the cracks. That is the job of American compassion -- people helping people. Americans are the most generous people on the face of the Earth, with the will and the capacity to help those who cannot help themselves. Vote for me. Help me explain the perils of government command and control of health care, and help me protect the American people from ObamaCare. I know the problems. And I know what to do about them. This is a win-win for America."
There's still time, Governor. Next time you give a speech on RomneyCare, call me first. Rates are negotiable. I already have health insurance.
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