The notion that the Dems specifically tried to pattern ObamaCare after the Massachusetts plan is an outright lie. I’ve scoured news article and blogs from 2009 to Feb. 2010 when all the debate for the ObamaCare bill had taken place, and NOWHERE do the the Dems refer to MA as a model. They are trying to re-write history for political expedience.
The tactic of falsely using “RomneyCare” as cover is a win-win-win situation for Obama:
- It cements in the minds of liberals that the Dems were truly trying to be bipartisan, and allows them to paint Republicans as partisan hacks since ObamaCare received not a single vote from Republicans.
- It gives Romney’s opponents on the right fodder to toss about. They merrily repeat the false claim in effort to build up a mantra against Romney.
- For Obama, it weakens what he may consider his most likely opponent for 2012.
The first mention from any Dem saying they patterned ObamaCare after the MA plan was after the bill already passed. If they had modeled it after MA Care wouldn’t they have at least conferred with Romney once? They didn’t. Not until they realized how disgusted the American people were with the bill did they try to pass along some of the blame to Mitt Romney. The fact that one bill is 70 pages and the other is 2700+ alone should put to rest any notion that they are equal plans. One is a state effort to fix a state problem, the other is a bloated monstrosity that is an unconstitutional over-reach of power.
It is very disappointing to see some fellow GOP cling to Obama’s lies because it suits their needs – they desperately want it to be true. Others will believe them because they won’t take time to look into facts. In all cases, it will be incumbent upon Romney supporters to learn and know the facts, and educate others. There will be a lot of partial and half-truths used as rhetorical weapons. Unfortunately in politics the full story is often not heard – only flashy headlines and catch-phrases make it through the clatter.
Again, it was not the Massachusetts plan that inspired ObamaCare. Liberals have been hoping to pass it since long before Hillary proposed it in the early 90’s. No, the only thing that “inspired” ObamaCare was a Dem super-majority in congress. They saw their chance to ram it through and, knowing their window of opportunity was limited, they pounced.
Mitt Romney has vowed to fight for the repeal of ObamaCare, and we’ll be behind him all the way.
H/T RightSpeak for video.
UPDATE – from Rebel Ross
Please refer to The Silver Lining of the Health Care Cloud Over Mitt Romney and the links available there before jumping to any conclusions about the comparisons between the two health care plans. Also, remember that much of what Mitt proposed was over-ridden by the overwhelmingly democratic Massachusetts legislature.