This is not the third installment in my ongoing series of “Romney vs Health Care” . . . just an update to show that Mitt is not running away from, apologizing for, nor ”flipping” on RomneyCare (as was predicted and encouraged in Part 1 of the series; Part 2 is here for those interested);
Despite the urging from Mike Huckabee (who I’m sure has Mitt’s best interests in heart) that Romney should apologize for RomneyCare (not the first time Huckabee has called for an apology from Romney BTW), the good Governor has stood firm. His spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom responded:
“Mitt Romney is proud of what he accomplished for Massachusetts in getting everyone covered . . . What’s important now is to return to the states the power to determine their own healthcare solutions by repealing Obamacare. A one-size-fits-all plan for the entire nation just doesn’t work.”
Similarly, Huckabee states in his book ”when the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation stepped into the lab to examine this experiment-in-progress, they found that health care, which was 16 percent of the state budget in 1990, had jumped to 35 percent in 2010.” Someone remind him that RomneyCare wasn’t even law until 2006! Quoting 20 years worth of increases (that have been happening in ALL states anyways) and blaming them on RomneyCare is beyond misleading. And quoting the Massachusettes Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) for that statistic?!?! The MTF said, in May 2009:
Despite a public perception that the state’s landmark health care reform law has turned out to be unaffordable, a new analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation finds that the cost to taxpayers of achieving near universal coverage has been relatively modest and well within initial projections
Additionally, Huckabee called RomneyCare “socialized medicine” . . . a term he has never used to describe ObamaCare. Hmmm . . .
UPDATE: Romney’s endorsements are starting to line up prior to him even announcing! Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Scott Brown, and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott have all said they’d support Mitt within the last week. Add your own endorsement of Romney in the comments section!