Posted by Brad @ 10:12 am on April 20th 2010

Quote of the Day – RomneyCare Edition

Poor Mitt Romney. He has to be considered the nominal frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2012 (Who else? I’m not even convinced Palin runs). But if he can’t best Newsweek on the Romneycare = Obamacare issue, I don’t see how he can do anything but limp into the race and be put out of his misery unceremoniously and early.

Newsweek: Back in February 2007, you said you hoped the Massachusetts plan would “become a model for the nation.” Would you agree that it has?

Mitt: I don’t … You’re going to have to get that quote. That’s not exactly accurate, I don’t believe.

By the by, if you want to read the whole thing, which is a two pager JUST on this subject, the difference is that Romneycare was a state plan and Obamacare is a federal plan. So Romney’s objection rests entirely on the federalization, not on any of the specifics, and when he touted his plan as a “model for the nation”, he meant “model for other states, all the states collectively being a nation, but at no point aught that model to be federalized because only then does it become objectionable”.

Which sort of makes sense, I guess, but good luck threading that needle for 18 months in a heated primary.


  1. Timothy Noah also has a laugh at the same pretzel-twisting going on at the Heritage Foundation over the exact same issue. Noah’s takedown of the disengenousness of it is pretty brutal.

    Comment by Brad — 4/20/2010 @ 12:21 pm

  2. I’d be interested to see him take that track, though. If he could do so consistently and persuasively, it might be interesting.
    “I have no objection to Obamacare, except insofar as the Constitution does not permit it. I think it’s a great idea, and I hope each state chooses to implement it.”

    Comment by Talarohk — 4/20/2010 @ 1:12 pm

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