In his Washington Post column, Eugene Robinson says that Romney’s pandering is nothing new, but health care is no ordinary issue.
… 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 that compels 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 to purchase insurance until they got sick, knowing they couldn’t be turned down because of the “preexisting conditions” measure.
Romney is familiar with the problem of these so-called free-riders because he solved it when he was governor of Massachusetts. With an individual mandate.
To review, Romney was for Obamacare before he was against it before he was for it again, except the keystone element that makes the rest of Obamacare work, which he developed and implemented but steadfastly opposes.
Read Eugene Robinson’s entire piece at the Washington Post.
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