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Do newly leaked emails discredit Romney’s ObamaCare attacks?

This is old, but I wanted to get to it for a bit.

Um, duh. This is considered a leak? Isn’t it pretty common knowledge that the Republican Romney had to have quite a few moderate positions to be elected and stay popular in the blue state of Massachusetts? Newsflash!

Via The Week:

These days, Mitt Romney is promising to demolish ObamaCare, but back when he was governor of Massachusetts, he aggressively defended the individual mandate to buy health insurance, which is the core of President Obama’s health reform law, according to circa-2006 Romney emails acquired by The Wall Street Journal. The messages show that he actively pushed through his state’s health-care reform law, and once boasted that it would allow hundreds of thousands of people in his state to “have healthier and happier lives.” Will this undermine his attempts to win over anti-ObamaCare voters in November?

This is enough to scare opponents of the mandate silly: It’s not just that Romney “worked so hard to pass his controversial health-care law,” says Mollie Hemingway at Ricochet. He apparently used tactics, such as the public shaming of companies that didn’t provide enough health insurance, “that even Barack Obama might find heavy handed.” Romney is telling liberty-loving voters to have faith that he’ll crush ObamaCare, “but this slow drip of scary information is not helping.”
“Romney personally advocated for individual mandate”

Romney and Obama both flip-flopped: It wouldn’t be a big deal if Romney had simply changed his mind, says Patrick Caldwell at The American Prospect. President Obama did the same thing — remember, he was the anti-mandate candidate in his 2008 primary battle against Hillary Clinton. The shocking thing about Romney’s position is that he still says the mandate was right for Massachusetts, but he somehow thinks the same policy “would be a disastrous assault on freedom at the national level.” Huh?
“Inconsistent mandate”

It makes you wonder if Romney truly opposes ObamaCare: This fits a troubling pattern, says Peter Suderman at Reason. Just before the emails surfaced, Romney appointed Michael Levitt, a consultant who has spent months urging states to set up health insurance exchanges as called for by ObamaCare, to head his transition team. Taken together, it’s enough to make anti-ObamaCare voters wonder whether Romney is really vehemently opposed to the law, or just telling them what they want to hear.
“Romney defended the Massachusetts mandate, appoints ObamaCare profiteer as campaign adviser”

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5 thoughts on “Do newly leaked emails discredit Romney’s ObamaCare attacks?

  1. Personally, I wonder if the e-mails were strategically leaked in an atttempt to win over moderates and distance Romney from some of his crazy primary statements. But maybe I am just a conspiracy theorist.

    • I think, had Romney not been forced to endorse some extreme positions to win a difficult primary, he would have been able to much more easily run on his moderate record. By appealing to the most partisan fringes of his base, he loses one of the best talking points he could have: that his record speaks to a politician with wider appeal than the record this incarnation of Romney wants to present.

  2. Unfortunately as soon as the Supreme Court decision on the mandate comes down….soon. I expect the question of Obamacare will be yesterday’s news. It really doesn’t matter where Mitt and Obama stand on it. It’s pretty much a given that the court will shoot it down, the way this count is ruling these days.

    • Aside from the fact that I have done a lot of work on this particular issue in my day job, I hope you are wrong, Hugh! And even if the individual mandate is struck down, I think a lot of the law will stand and it will still make a difference. Obviously, I would have preferred less of a handout for the insurance industry, but “Obamacare” is still a great accomplishment!

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