Mitt Romney sat down for a chat with the crazies ladies on The View Tuesday and, predictably, health care came up. The Massachusetts Governor and rumored 2012 Republican presidential candidate took his chance in the spotlight to defend his state's health-care requirement, and to distance himself from Obama's national plan.
We addressed a problem in Massachusetts that was designed to solve problems for the people of Massachusetts ... But it is wrong and unconstitutional to take what is designed for one state and say we are going to apply that in every state.
The plan that Romney developed in Massachusetts requires nearly every state citizen to carry health insurance; a program many say inspired Obama to craft his national program.
With many Republicans in fierce opposition to the national health plan, Romney must distinguish what he enacted as Governor, and what Obama signed as President.
It's a question Romney will likely face over and over and over again. And then some more. The health-care issue is emerging as an early liability for the likely candidate, who lost in the 2008 primary despite out-fundraising his opponent. Romney told Good Morning America:
States have rights that the federal government doesn’t have ... The last thing you want to see is the federal government usurping the power of states. What works in one state is not going to work somewhere else.
He goes on to call Obama's national plan a "bad piece of legislation," and Romney recently sided with the Florida judge who ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.
While I do find Mitt to be a handsome fellow, he's going to need more than that head of hair to get out of the woods on this issue. As he promotes his book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, I'm sure Romney will speak in quotable sound-bites on the heath-care dilemma, and I'm sure he'll neither confirm nor deny a presidential run.
Do you think Mitt is trying to align himself with Republicans because he wants to be the Republican nominee?
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