Some have said that RomneyCare will be the blow that sinks Mitt Romney’s 2012 ship. I have a different prediction: First off, I don’t think that Health Care will be the defining issue of the next presidential race; of course it will remain a main topic, but if jobless rates continue to grow as they have, our country will be thirsty for a job-creating genius — and Mitt is the perfect candidate to quench it.JFK said: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Should Health Care come to the forefront two years from now, as it very well might, Mitt will be the only candidate well-versed enough to explain what is wrong with ObamaCare, and more importantly how he would lead the effort to fix it. Having dealt with the issue directly as Governor, Mitt Romney knows the complexities of Health Care reform. While other Governors sat and watched from the sidelines as the cost of their own state programs skyrocketed, or even abandoned the office long before having to deal with the crisis, Romney stepped up to the plate and did all in his power to put forth a plan that would work for his state, all the while respecting the will of his constituents.
I see it like this: If I am looking to hire an employee to fill a position in my marketing department, I would much rather hire he who has LEAD several innovative marketing campaigns prior to applying, rather than he who has never dabbled in marketing at all. Taking into account Mitt’s resume, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be considered to fill Obama’s vacancy.
Some have suggested that Mitt should run away from his plan; however, the author of ‘Stand by your plan‘, a piece that is due to be released tomorrow from the Boston Globe, disagrees:
Renouncing his signature achievement would be crazy — and Romney’s not crazy. That may be his best calling card in the GOP’s 2012 field of would-be presidents.
The article goes on to highlight the positive aspects of RomneyCare:
the Massachusetts health reform law has been a success, providing access to insurance for up to 98 percent of residents. The fact that so many low-income people now have insurance has provided intriguing new possibilities for the delivery of services, such as through public schools, at no extra cost to the school systems. Though costs continue to rise, the bill provides a forum and mechanisms for officials to grapple intelligently with cost-cutting, examining ways to promote efficiency, create new forms of competition, and explore alternatives to traditional fee-for-service payments.
Can any other state claim 98% resident coverage? -Nope.Continuing, Mitt Romney is a very effective communicator. There are vast differences between ObamaCare and RomneyCare and I highly doubt the former Governor will have problems pinpointing them. Surely, he’ll concentrate on a key difference between both plans: constitutionality. One was passed on the state level with the overwhelming approval of the citizens and legislature, the other was crammed down America’s throat; indeed, an “unconscionable abuse of power“.
Final thought: People elect officials to represent them. Romney’s duty as Governor of the most liberal state in the nation was to be respectful of the will of the people. Although I do not agree with all the details of the Health Care plan in Massachusetts, I understand that it was Romney’s intention to give his constituents what they had long-desired, and I admire him as a leader in that respect. I do not doubt that he would have put together an entirely different plan to suit the will and needs of a mostly conservative state, such as Utah. As a conservative, I understand state’s rights and am respectful of the plan that the people of Massachusetts advocated; I wish them the best.
I think it goes without saying that as President, Romney would continue to be mindful of the course America wants to take, which does NOT include a federal takeover of Health Care.