Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Mitt: The Multiple Choice Candidate
Ted Kennedy on Mitt Romney: My opponent is not pro-choice, he's multiple choice.
Ann Romney recently lamented on how Mitt has been unfairly demonized ... it's quite understandable to watch her lovingly stand by her man, however Mitt, the quintessential flipper, is the architect of his demonization.
Mitt is either for something before he's against it; against something before he's for it; or, against it and for it at the same time!
Mitt once again flip-flopped on Obamacare -- I like how President Obama owned that word by proudly stating: Obama cares -- now it appears Romney is for it and against it at the same time:
Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post on Mitt:
I’m trying to figure out just where Mitt Romney stands on health care reform. Obviously, so is Mitt Romney.
In an interview broadcast Sunday on “Meet the Press,” I thought I heard Romney say he liked some aspects of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and would keep those provisions in place. Impossible, right? Romney’s position all year has been that if he’s elected, he’ll begin repealing Obamacare on Day One.
My ears must have deceived me. But when I checked the transcript, here’s what I found:
“Mr. Romney: Well, I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course, there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place. One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. Two is to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their – their family up to whatever age they might like. I also want individuals to be able to buy insurance, health insurance, on their own as opposed to only being able to get it on a tax advantage basis through their company.”
So Romney wants to repeal Obamacare and replace it with Obamacare, or at least the consumer-friendly parts of Obamacare that Romney knows are popular. What he would leave out is the part he knows is unpopular: the individual mandate compelling some Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a fine.
But as Romney knows, it’s the individual mandate that makes the other benefits possible by preventing young, healthy people from gaming the system. They would just wait until they got sick to purchase insurance, knowing they couldn’t be turned down because of the “pre-existing conditions” measure. read entire article
Dang, who are you Willard? I think Newsweek's Michael Tomasky has the best answer to this perplexing question:
As I’ve said many times, the ongoing debate about whether Romney is really conservative or really moderate has wasted lots of airtime and killed many innocent trees. He’s neither. He’s nothing. He’ll say or do whatever he needs to do, whatever the Koch brothers or whoever tell him to do. He’s been dreaming of the presidency since 1968, and as he sees it slipping through his fingers, he’ll be capable of anything. It’s going to be a nasty seven weeks. source