Mitt Romney Flip-Flops on ObamaCare-But So Does Everybody ElseSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 12:25
Mitt Romney Flip-Flops on ObamaCare--But So Does Everybody Else
Yes, Mitt Romney has shown incorrigible inconsistency on the mandate. Question is: Why should he be any different?
A. Barton Hinkle | July 9, 2012
You know it’s a slow week when a flip-flop by Mitt Romney leads the news. It’s like reporting that somebody posted a status update on Facebook. On any given issue, Romney has more positions than a Craftmaticadjustable bed.
His latest tergiversation concerns health care. Again. This time he says the charge imposed by the Affordable Care Act on individuals who do not purchase insurance is a tax, not a penalty, because the Supreme Court says so. And he doesn’t approve of that sort of thing, not one bit.
This is rich coming from Romney – who imposed in Massachusetts the very same insurance requirement he now denounces, using the very same arguments about personal responsibility that Democrats have been deploying the past few months.
Romney might have gotten his mandate idea from the Heritage Foundation, which first floated the idea in 1989, back when Barack Obama was still in law school. Many right-wingers later glommed onto the proposal as an alternative to Hillarycare. Some of them might even have thought it was a good idea at the time. Nothing like hearing your enemies adopt your position to make you change your mind.