You may have noticed some complaining from conservative pundits about how long this primary is taking and how much the candidates are getting beat up, saying that they think it will “hurt the party.” What is hurting the party is that so many are protecting Mitt Romney from revelations of truth about him that will destroy his prospects for the presidency eventually. Rick Santorum tells the truth.
“Gov. Romney has been saying throughout the course of this campaign, ‘Oh, I never recommended that they adopt my program in Massachusetts for an individual federal mandate, oh I never did that.’ Oh yes he did,” Santorum said, speaking to hundreds of supporters in a hotel ballroom. “In a 2009 USA Today op-ed he recommended, he made suggestions toPresident Obama including the individual mandate and taxing people who don’t buy insurance. That is the individual mandate. It’s exactly what he did in Massachusetts, which is driving healthcare costs through the roof, which is creating waiting lines and delays and rationing, and it’s what he recommended to the president.”
“You know, it’s bad enough that he recommended it. It’s worse that he wouldn’t come clean with the people in this primary that he did it,” Santorum said.
Obama’s healthcare law is a crucial issue in the presidential contest, and all the candidates who are competing for theGOP nomination have pledged to repeal it. Romney has faced a barrage of criticism because of the plan that he crafted in Massachusetts that was a model for the federal plan. He has routinely said that he believes mandates at the federal level are unconstitutional.
In the 2009 article, first reported by Buzzfeed on Friday, Romney speaks out against a single-payer system and calls on Obama to work with Republicans. But he is clearly calling for federal action on healthcare, for example by urging the federal government to use the $42 billion it sends to hospitals to care for the poor to instead use the money to help the poor buy insurance. And he points to the Massachusetts plan, which includes a mandate that all must have insurance, as an example worthy of study, and says the government ought to consider using tax penalties or tax credits to encourage people to have insurance.
Republicans protecting Romney are handing Obama four more years on a silver platter…and along with that, the guarantee that Obamacare will never be repealed.