It’s a line that Romney has used in a few interviews during his book tour last year, but most recently in a Q & A segment just after the former MA Governor’s speech on Saturday. It’s a simple interrogative phrase that, if used in a debate vs. Obama, would beg a more profound response (though the President is surely witty and evasive enough to dance around the question at heart): “Why didn’t you call me?”
President Obama frequently showers sardonic praise on Mitt Romney for the health care law he signed in Massachusetts, calling it a model for the national plan. On Saturday, Mr. Romney offered a new retort, saying:
“He does me the great favor of saying that I was the inspiration of his plan. If that’s the case, why didn’t you call me?” Mr. Romney said. “Why didn’t you ask what was wrong? Why didn’t you ask if this was an experiment, what worked and what didn’t?”
To applause, he added: “I would have told him, ‘What you’re doing, Mr. President, is going to bankrupt us.”
I think these are very legitimate questions. If Obama and his cronies are going to play politics by trying to pin the health care tail on Romney, then why didn’t they invite Mr. Romney to a single health care summit? Can they really accredit Romney for their failure when they never even bothered to give him a single jingle to discuss what worked and what didn’t work in Massachusetts?!
I’ll tell you why. Firstly, Romney wouldn’t have worn their phony lab coats…
Secondly, the pragmatic, solution-oriented turnaround expert would have told them flat out — as he has all along — that the notion of a one-size-fits-all plan is not only an unconscionable abuse of power, it’s flat out unconstitutional.
They knew that the basis and overall intent of their plan was so immensely different from Romney’s that, essentially, they would have been talking to Henry Ford about how to erect a flying saucer. Their plan, rooted in big government principles, was to force private providers out of the market and rely on a sole government provider. Their plan was not paid for. Their plan raises taxes and cuts Medicare. Their plan was not viewed favorably by the people it would have effect on (all Americans). Their plan was not introduced after previously balancing the budget. Their plan was jammed through the house, unread.