Romneycare: Soon to be an Orphan?

Some health care bloggers have been anxious to declare Romneycare a success, but Romney himself seems to be less than anxious to take credit for it. The Cato blog links to a couple of reports by ABC News and the Washington Post that discuss Romney’s curious reluctance to discuss the issue. The Post suggests that he’s afraid of conservatives:

At a closed-door meeting of the Club for Growth, a conservative anti-tax group, last month in Palm Beach, Fla., he soft-peddled his role in the bill …

And ABC echoes this theory:

Romney has moved from governor to Republican presidential contender, and some conservatives have criticized the plan as fostering big government.

There is some truth in this, of course, but it may well be that Romney has figured out that he got suckered by the NYT and various advocates of “universal coverage.?

Before long, the true cost of Romneycare will be all too obvious. And the implications of the plan’s requirement that all citizens of Massachusetts buy health insurance, whether they want it or not, will also be apparent.

Perhaps it has finally dawned on Romney that, when these chickens come home to roost, the people who cheered him on in this boondoggle will be working to elect Hillary Clinton to the presidency.

Comments 2

  1. David Harlow wrote:

    Two separate issues: One, Romney and Two, “RomneyCare.” Re: #1, Romney, not unlike other politicians, has long tailored his message depending on his audience of the moment (social liberal at home, conservative on the road). No biggie. Re: #2, the plan, for all its faults, might actually do some good for a lot of people. Is it perfect? No. Is it better than the real-world alternative (not the Platonic ideal alternative)? Hell yeah. Does it cost money? Of course it does.

    Bottom line: I agree with Bob Laszewski’s conclusion that this experiment points up the truism that this really needs to be dealt with at the federal level.

    Posted 14 Apr 2007 at 9:44 pm
  2. Catron wrote:

    You’re probably right on Romney. Like Diogenes the Cynic, I’m always looking for an honest man. When it comes to politicians, I’ll probably be looking for a long time.

    As to Laszewski, I think he (like so many) focuses too much on the plight of the uninsured. That problem is a symptom rather than the disease.

    I agree that health care reform is probably best accomplished at the federal level, but mainly because Washington is the source of most of health care’s ills. I think the best course would be deregulation rather than a heavy-handed “universal coverage? mandate.

    Posted 15 Apr 2007 at 11:23 am

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