In the op-ed, Nick Tzitzon (a government accountability consultant and former Romney aide) put together three reasons “why conservatives should embrace Mitt Romney’s health-care legacy”:
1) Conservatives like the concept of states, not the federal government, experimenting with public policies to determine their relative merits. Have you ever seen the phrase, “states as laboratories of democracy?” Do you agree with the concept? If so, credit Mitt Romney with the leadership and skill to negotiate a thoughtful compromise with the Massachusetts state legislature to get uninsured citizens health care coverage.
2) Conservatives like the concept of tailoring solutions to the unique circumstances in states and localities. Has Romney ever endorsed every element of the Massachusetts legislation as a viable, nationwide solution? Of course he hasn’t. To the contrary, credit Romney with having the guts to step up and admit that certain elements of the plan didn’t work the way his team had anticipated, particularly in light of last minute changes by the state legislature.
A few weeks ago, I heard RomneyCare being discussed on the radio. Several callers, over the period of one hour or so, rang in to give their two cents on why or why not this issue would sink Romney’s candidacy. I was surprised when an overwhelming majority of callers voiced their support, not necessarily for Romney’s plan, but for the idea of his plan — a bill that was created on a state level, catered directly to the needs of that state, with very high popularity among the residents of that state at the time of its inception (a la Arizona Immigration Bill). THAT is what I want for my state, and for every state in this great country: the opportunity to opt-out of ObamaCare’s federal takeover and allow local leaders to decide what works best for their constituents.
3) Conservatives like the concept of utilizing input from private enterprise in building public solutions. During Mitt Romney’s planning and legislative negotiations in Massachusetts, he brought the Heritage Foundation into the process and gave their free-market geniuses a seat at the table. Let me repeat that: Romney gave the deep red Heritage Foundation a seat at the table in blue state Massachusetts to help craft the state’s health care reform.
I really do not see a problem with RomneyCare; in fact, I believe it positions Mitt Romney as the most capable person to effectively dismantle ObamaCare.
And now, the closing argument from Nick Tzitzon:
Far from being an albatross around Romney’s neck, the former Governor’s health-care legacy proves that he is by far the strongest, most innovative, credible, and conservative GOP hopeful who could take on President Obama.