Good news: Leader of Romney’s transition wants to implement ObamaCare exchanges

posted at 4:23 pm on June 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

Remember, under ObamaCare states have a “choice” of either introducing their own exchanges — subject to federal regulations, natch — by 2014 or letting their citizens participate in the new federal exchange when it finally comes online. If you’re a Republican governor who opposes O-Care, the obvious move is to do nothing. By creating a state exchange now, you’re legitimizing Obama’s pet boondoggle before Republicans in Congress get a serious crack at repealing it and burdening yourself with a program that may yet be micromanaged by federal regulators even if the mandate is struck down by the Supreme Court. Resist implementation as long as you can and hope for the best in November.

Romney’s point man on his presidential transition, former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, disagrees. Ben Domenech explains:

One can argue about the merits of an exchange absent Obamacare’s rules, regulations, authority shifts, price controls, and taxpayer funded subsidies. But the overwhelming majority of conservative policymakers understand that Obamacare’s exchanges are nothing more than delivery mechanisms for massive taxpayer-funded subsidies and bureaucratic regulations from Washington. What’s more, states which avoid implementing exchanges may be able to avoid the implementation of Obamacare almost in its entirety…

What’s most concerning about all of this is not that Romney selected one of the few Republicans in the country who backs implementation of Obamacare’s exchanges. It’s what the selection of Leavitt means as an indication of how Romney would potentially “fix” Obamacare if repeal proves impossible. According to Politico, “already, plugged-in Republicans from Washington to Salt Lake City are buzzing that Leavitt could make his own transition next January into the job of White House chief of staff or as a Valerie Jarrett-like personal counselor to a President Romney.”

Should the Supreme Court strike down only a portion of Obamacare, it seems clear Leavitt would be a major voice in deciding how to replace it. And he is convinced that “exchanges are part of the future, no matter what.”

Team Mitt answered an e-mail about this from Matt Lewis by insisting that they’re committed to repeal, but that’s a dodge. A four-seat pick-up in the Senate in November isn’t guaranteed, and even if it happens, it’s not fully clear which parts of ObamaCare can be repealed via reconciliation, which requires just 51 votes, and which can’t. Domenech’s worry, quite understandably, is that if full repeal ends up being derailed due to procedural roadblocks, Leavitt will convince Romney to keep both the exchanges and the federal “oversight” mechanisms that govern them. Imagine how useful those mechanisms will prove to the next Democratic administration that wants to reclaim the dream of top-down command and control of health-care policy.

It gets worse. Turns out that Leavitt’s consulting firm has done some nice business in advising states on … how to set up health care exchanges. Philip Klein marvels at the possibility of Romney’s decisions on one of his key vulnerabilities being driven by the magical combo of big-government impulses and crony capitalism:

Romney has been incredibly vague about how he would reform the health care system in the absence of Obamacare. The danger is that he could end up replacing it with a system that still has exchanges, but exchanges that are billed as having fewer regulations, lower subsidies and giving more flexibility to states. The problem is that this would still put the basic exchange infrastructure in place that a future Democratic administration could build on so the country would eventually wind up with Obamacare anyway – or something worse.

Beyond the health care issue, there’s the cronyism issue involved. One of the biggest dangers of a Romney “CEO presidency” is that his business background would make him conflate being pro-business with being pro-free market. But as we’ve seen time and again, these are two separate things. As somebody who stands to personally profit if more states implement Obamacare exchanges, Leavitt clearly comes from the tradition of a Republican Party that’s perfectly okay with expanding government in the name of helping business. This is something we saw during the Bush administration, most prominently, with the subsidies for drug companies in the Medicare prescription drug law (which Leavitt helped implement ass HHS Secretary) and the Wall Street bailout.

Follow the last link for background on Leavitt’s time as governor. As Klein puts it, “Leavitt, in short, was exactly the type of Republican the Tea Party was founded to oppose.” The only reassurance I feel that Mitt won’t follow him down the path to supporting federally-managed state exchanges is that he simply can’t afford to. He has no political capital to spend on defending Obama’s signature government expansion given the suspicions that surround him because of RomneyCare. And he also won’t be able to count on this issue fading into the background after he takes office. The Supreme Court’s going to force it front and center in the next few weeks with its ruling on O-Care; unless the law is upheld in its entirety and the GOP fails to win a Senate majority in November, Romney will have to deal with either repealing or “fixing” the statute ASAP after he’s sworn in next year. If he betrays the right straight out of the gate, he’ll be left with no base of support for his presidency virtually from day one. And the risk of a primary challenge in 2016 is more real for him than it’s been for incumbent presidents past. The tea party proved its staying power by knocking off Lugar and propelling Deb Fischer to victory, and there’s already speculation that Rand Paul and Paulworld might be ready to challenge Romney if he veers too far left. Frankly, I wonder if some grassroots conservatives might not relish the chance to primary Mitt if he betrays the cause, partly to make up for him having won the nomination this time and partly because there’ll be no fear of a new Obama term in 2016 if a primary battle weakens Romney. (There may, however, be fear of a Hillary term.) Exit question: Can he really afford to alienate his base on something this huge and visible? C’mon.


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as long as he’s not Romney’s choice to lead HHS, I’m not concerned.

vinman on June 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Good grief.

WisRich on June 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

*le sigh. . .*

RedNewEnglander on June 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

A few deep red flags:

- the exchanges – they are a disaster and this dude has a conflict, self-interest in keeping them going

- the fact that he advocates more/unlimited powers to the HHS sec. Sibelius, himself in past position, future ones is horrific

- keeping ObamaCare, even in part

- the Bennet comment about the TEA party

He might be a good guy otherwise but these are not items to be ignored and it is telling what’s to come…no surprise here.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Legend said it best in this morning’s HA thread, on same topic

Transition Leader?

Would that be the guy helping Mitt transition back into the Liberal squish he is by nature, from the pseudo-conservative he has had to pretend to be through the majority of the primary season?

LegendHasIt on June 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

as long as he’s not Romney’s choice to lead HHS, I’m not concerned.

vinman on June 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

You should be.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

The danger is that he could end up replacing it with a system that still has exchanges, but exchanges that are billed as having fewer regulations, lower subsidies and giving more flexibility to states.

“Honey, what kind of dog should we get…the Great Dane or a Chihuahua..I’m thinking we should get the Chihuahua…it has smaller turds”

“But I don’t want a dog”

BobMbx on June 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Is he strongly Conservative, too?

kingsjester on June 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Ann Coulter on RomneyCare Exchanges:

“No comment”

BobMbx on June 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

If Mitt allows this to happen, he may very well be primaried in 2016.

OldBurgie on June 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Maybe Leavitt will turn out to be gay and he can conveniently resign. /s

RedRedRice on June 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM

fire him mitt, throw him under the bus while you know what’s good for you!!!!!/

ted c on June 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

…and you expected anything else from Obama Lite

John Mauer on June 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

By creating a state exchange now, you’re legitimizing Obama’s pet boondoggle before Republicans in Congress get a serious crack at repealing it and burdening yourself with a program that may yet be micromanaged by federal regulators even if the mandate is struck down by the Supreme Court. Resist implementation as long as you can and hope for the best in November.

Indeed, on this, and on Mitt’s e-mail “dodge”. Well put.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

If Mitt allows this to happen, he may very well be primaried in 2016.

OldBurgie on June 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Exactly.

I refuse to believe the campaign that has been run so smoothly the last few weeks/months is this stupid.

I may end up with egg on my face saying this but there is no way they are this dumb.

gophergirl on June 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Is he a good pick to put together a transition plan because that is what he is hired to do. Romney has said over and over again he would repeal Obamacare so there is no reason to get alarmed over this. We have Obama on the ropes this is NOT the time for right on right violence….

tpw on June 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

It’s what the selection of Leavitt means as an indication of how Romney would potentially “fix” Obamacare if repeal proves impossible. According to Politico, “already, plugged-in Republicans from Washington to Salt Lake City are buzzing that Leavitt could make his own transition next January into the job of White House chief of staff or as a Valerie Jarrett-like personal counselor to a President Romney.”

Perfect…My Mittens nightmares are starting to come true, and the dope isn’t even in office yet.

Stumble #1

(and I’m watching real close mittens)

Tim_CA on June 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

If Mitt goes full on RINO Squish we’ll destroy him politically and then primary defeat him…..he is still better than Sir Golfsalot.

harlekwin15 on June 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

you romney supporters outta be ashamed of yourselfs.

the first to accuse the ABR’s of being obama plants. Well, well, well.
now we see who the real obama supporters are

chudi, blugill, crosspatch et al.

leftist sock puppets.

Grab your pitchforks fellow conservatives. time to storm the rnc.

renalin on June 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM

The only reassurance I feel that Mitt won’t follow him down the path to supporting federally-managed state exchanges is that he simply can’t afford to. He has no political capital to spend on defending Obama’s signature government expansion given the suspicions that surround him because of RomneyCare.

Romney: ‘If Elected, I Will Repeal ‘Obamacare’ | Video – ABC News

“Never mind.” -Roseanne Rosanadana

Akzed on June 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM

If Obamacare can’t be repealed because Senate remains in Dem control the Tea Party has nobody to blame but themselves (O’Donnell, Angle). Of course they’ll be blaming everyone but themselves.

Mark1971 on June 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Okay, so the logical move now is a late Friday firing. Let him go, Mitt. Just let him go.

BKeyser on June 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Show him the door.

Philly on June 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

If Mitt allows this to happen, he may very well be primaried in 2016.

OldBurgie on June 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Walker would be a great choice.

Romney is awful

He is already trying keep as much of Obama’s policy as he can.

Walker 2016.

tetriskid on June 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Dummies! And he still hasn’t backed off of his support for RomneyCare. So much for the Romney rhetoric on the campaign trail.

What is so frickin’ hard to understand about the simple fact that we want the whole stupid piece of crap repealed? This is just the beginning of an ongoing, frustrating daily process of pulling Romney to the right once he gets in there because his natural instincts as well as those of his handlers are to go left on this any many other issues.

Sad that this is the best we can do for our candidate.

conservativemusician on June 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Follow the last link for background on Leavitt’s time as governor. As Klein puts it, “Leavitt, in short, was exactly the type of Republican the Tea Party was founded to oppose.”

Precicesly why Mitt was so opposed and still is. He’ll betray you. You will still be scroomed, just slower than by Obama.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Romney, get in front of this. We do not want Obamacare in any way, shape, form or fashion.

DanMan on June 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Walker 2016.

tetriskid on June 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Damn that has a nice ring to it.

Tim_CA on June 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

The fact this guy is personally profiting from what hes advocating is major red flag.

This kind of cronyism is the common denominator between both parties.

One party State? Probably.

rickyricardo on June 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Ever since yesterday’s headline on topic, this has been confimation why Mitt is loathed by the right.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Mark1971 on June 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

you think castle wouldn’t have voted along with the libs. grow a pair buddy. join the revolution.

renalin on June 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

If Obamacare can’t be repealed because Senate remains in Dem control the Tea Party has nobody to blame but themselves (O’Donnell, Angle). Of course they’ll be blaming everyone but themselves. Mark1971 on June 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Huh. So how would Mike Castle have voted on this issue?

Who will win the Super Bowl this year? Have you made your bets yet?

Akzed on June 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Exit question: Can he really afford to alienate his base on something this huge and visible?

Not just no, but hell no. If he doesn’t get out in front of this quickly, he will squander any good will he has built up in the past month by taking it to Obama.

Kataklysmic on June 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

With Mitch McConnell in charge of the Senate, I’m convinced the fix is in.

SouthernGent on June 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

The worst part is Romney is supposed to be such a “great business person” why can’t he see that the market has changed.

The Republican party has changed. If Wisconsin of all states is electing a guy like Walker why is Romney doubling on this crap?

tetriskid on June 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Of course they’ll be blaming everyone but themselves.

Mark1971 on June 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Hey everybody, dogpile on Mike1971. Let’s blame him. The bossanova is innocent for now.

DanMan on June 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

you think castle wouldn’t have voted along with the libs. grow a pair buddy. join the revolution.

renalin on June 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Castle voted against Obamacare when he was in the House.

Mark1971 on June 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

This could do more damage to Mitt than Obama’s thugs…he better get out in front of this.

d1carter on June 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

If Obamacare can’t be repealed because Senate remains in Dem control the Tea Party has nobody to blame but themselves (O’Donnell, Angle). Of course they’ll be blaming everyone but themselves. Mark1971 on June 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Wow, I wouldn’t want to rattle the status quo…just go alogn to be scroomed along. I can’t wait for more RINOs to defend Mitt, in this thread alone. It’s goign to be a fun long hot summer.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

This must be that “moving to the center” thing. Why are we supposed to vote for this idiot again? Oh right, there never was a reason in the first place.

Buckshot Bill on June 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

ooops…I mean Mark1971

DanMan on June 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

The Republicans will betray you?

Kensington on June 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Remember, the ABRs are nuts or something.

Stoic Patriot on June 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

as long as he’s not Romney’s choice to lead HHS, I’m not concerned.

vinman on June 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

This.

Also… get rid of him.

Red Cloud on June 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

The only reassurance I feel that Mitt won’t follow him down the path to supporting federally-managed state exchanges is that he simply can’t afford to.

Pretty much. There’s no way in hell Mittens stabs the right in the heart by backtracking on Obamacare. He’s already pledged repeatedly to issue waivers to all 57 states on Day One of his Presidency and he’s also promised to repeal it. Now obviously the latter won’t be easy, even with a huge GOP majority in the Senate. But the alternative of leaving the law as is(barring the unlikely scenario of the Supreme Court striking the whole thing down) would essentially render him a lame duck President right out of the gate.

Doughboy on June 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Where’s Bluegill to denounce this heresy from AP?

Bitter Clinger on June 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Great summation of the problems.

Exit question: Can he really afford to alienate his base on something this huge and visible? C’mon.

It depends on what kind of bubble he lives in.

One thing I have yet to see anyone write about is that MA did not prepare Mitt to deal with a conservative constituency. I doubt he has much of an understanding of who we are.

INC on June 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Wow, I wouldn’t want to rattle the status quo…just go alogn to be scroomed along. I can’t wait for more RINOs to defend Mitt, in this thread alone. It’s goign to be a fun long hot summer.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The Mittheads never like to point out the endless list of Rinos that didn’t win in ’06, ’08, ’10. They always ignore that the TEA Party is the only reason 2010 was anything but a typical GOP bloodbath.

Buckshot Bill on June 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

It’s good my envelope to Mitt’s campaign isn’t sealed yet. It is a great opportunity to replace the check with a blank paper slip and write a number of choice obscenities on it.

Archivarix on June 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Why try putting lipstick on this pig when we can make tasty bacon?

Mmmmm…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on June 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

If Mitt allows this to happen, he may very well be primaried in 2016.

OldBurgie on June 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM

He’s gotta win first and crap like this doesn’t make that any easier.

CW on June 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

At the beginning of this years primary contest Rmoney™ was not in favor of a full repeal of 0 care. It wasn’t until Cain and Bachmann came out in favor of a full repeal that Rmoney™ adopted that view. No one should be surprised by Rmoney™’s back and forth on issues. He has a long record of vacillation.

Bmore on June 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I think your getting carried away. Mitt has said he would repeal-or at least try to repeal Obamacare. he also has said he would replace it with a more rational less government plan using market forces.

we need exchanges for high risk patients who can’t buy insurance no matter how much they pay.

gerrym51 on June 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

You people are so ridiculous. You really think Romney wants to keep ObamaCare? How gullible are you people? Even if Romney was the secret, devil-worshipping, ObamaLite that you all are certain he is, keeping any portion of ObamaCare is total political suicide. While you may think Romney is a baby-eating, animal torturing cult-follower is not stupid.
I just can’t believe that you actually think he’d keep this? Why? Because his adviser thinks so? Mitt would can him in a heart-beat.
Grow up, people. The primary is over. Get on board or shut up.

Crefonso on June 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

A four-seat pick-up in the Senate in November isn’t guaranteed, and even if it happens, it’s not fully clear which parts of ObamaCare can be repealed via reconciliation, which requires just 51 votes, and which can’t.

So what are we talking about then? What precisely is it you plan to demand Romney do if Anthony Kennedy doesn’t strike down Obamacare entirely and the Senate blocks any changes to the law? Leave the law on the books but refuse to obey it? Repeal it via executive order? What?

Outside of foreign policy, the President doesn’t get to decide what the laws are, he just gets to decide how they get implemented and enforced. And that’s “how” they get enforced, not “whether” they get enforced. Yes, we all want Obamacare struck down, and failing that we want it repealed. But if that can’t happen–and I’ve consistently said since it was passed that repealing it is a pipe dream–then our two choices are an administration that will implement the horrible thing in as market-oriented a manner as possible, or taking up arms and repealing the law by force. I seriously don’t get what it is people are afraid Romney will fail to do.

Fabozz on June 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Hopefully SCOTUS will do the right thing, and none of this will be relevant.

aunursa on June 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

So the gay guy gets tossed, but Romney picks this douchenozzle?

Living4Him5534 on June 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

One thing I have yet to see anyone write about is that MA did not prepare Mitt to deal with a conservative constituency. I doubt he has much of an understanding of who we are.

INC on June 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

That’s a good point. Sometimes politicians seem to be saying what they think Conservatives want to hear, because they don’t really understand conservatism themselves. Cain sometimes seemed this way, though he was more genuinely conservative than most. He just wasn’t a good politician.

Buckshot Bill on June 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Reassuring.

AshleyTKing on June 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Erika told me privately that she was taking down this AllahPundit guy.

/

faraway on June 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Crefonso on June 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Then how about canning him now?

You and the other Mittens need to stop telling us to get on board. We’re not an Obama cult. Candidates have to earn our support.

INC on June 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I think your getting carried away. Mitt has said he would repeal-or at least try to repeal Obamacare. he also has said he would replace it with a more rational less government plan using market forces.

we need exchanges for high risk patients who can’t buy insurance no matter how much they pay.

gerrym51 on June 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

FFS Gerry….grow the hell up.

Tim_CA on June 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Here. Watch this, it will make you feel better. At least for a minute or two.

bloggless on June 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I might add, these are the type of reasons many like myself, are not smitten with Rmoney™ as the nom. It is however what it is. No surprise.

Bmore on June 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

This looks more like a fallback position than anything else. If they can’t repeal the law, then it remains the law of the land. What they seem to be saying here is how they intend to live with Obamacare if they can’t repeal it.

crosspatch on June 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

“Never mind.” -Roseanne Rosanadana
Akzed on June 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I believe that Ro Ro stole that from Emily Litella
;-)

As to the topic: Schaden already quoted what I’d have said here.
Anyone who expected Mittens to keep pretending that he wasn’t what he is, once he tied up the nomination is a fool.

LegendHasIt on June 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

There are three reasons this was a mistake:
1. Leavitt supports Obama Care
2. Leavitt is in the left wing of the GOP
3. Leavitt is a Mormon, which ties into the unstated opponents’ theme (and Evangelicals’ fears) that Salt Lake City will become involveed in decision making

bw222 on June 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

You people are so ridiculous. You really think Romney wants to keep ObamaCare? How gullible are you people? Even if Romney was the secret, devil-worshipping, ObamaLite that you all are certain he is, keeping any portion of ObamaCare is total political suicide.

Crefonso on June 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Hey, things have been going too well lately. We need to fret over stuff on occasion. For those of you who are freaking out over this, consider another reason why Romney won’t keep Obamacare intact in any capacity. The thing is a freaking disaster. It’ll cost way more than projected and we’re already seeing tons of reports about workers and students losing their coverage because of that.

Doughboy on June 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Wow, that’ll excite the base. Poo.

mydogspot on June 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

To those defending Mitt, a competant businessman is judged by his employees. They are a reflection upon his leadership.

It’s his move.

kingsjester on June 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I refuse to believe the campaign that has been run so smoothly the last few weeks/months is this stupid.

I may end up with egg on my face saying this but there is no way they are this dumb.

gophergirl on June 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I’m with you..Very well said!..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

At the beginning of this years primary contest Rmoney™ was not in favor of a full repeal of 0 care. It wasn’t until Cain and Bachmann came out in favor of a full repeal that Rmoney™ adopted that view. No one should be surprised by Rmoney™’s back and forth on issues. He has a long record of vacillation.

Bmore on June 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

HIS PLAN WAS THE FRIGGIN’ MODEL FOR IT!

This is a huge stumble in IMO….and my distrust factor in the moderate that I have to vote for just doubled.

Tim_CA on June 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Well, for those of you in California, it’s not too late to vote for Ron Paul in the primary. And for those of you calling on all good conservatives to rally ’round the leader – caveat emptor.

Gov. Romney can’t count on me to automatically vote for him once he’s been nominated. I won’t pull the lever for him just because there’s an (R) next to his name. He has to convince me things will improve under his administration – simply making things worse at a slightly slower pace won’t win my vote. And, frankly, his reliance upon advisers with views like this isn’t helping his case.

Inkblots on June 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I trust Mitt on this. Much ado about nothing.

faraway on June 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

The “Romney is a closet liberal” cult is just as nutty as the Obama worshippers. Even the birthers outsmart the “Manchurian Candidate, anti-Romney ‘ceonservatives’”. Romney is going to gut ObamaCare to death with 50 waivers the day he’s inaugurated. Period. He’s said it a billion times.

Though I’m sure someone will demand the “long-form” version of his billion promise to waive it. It’s coming.

Mike Leavitt is not going to dictate the repeal or non-repeal of ObamaCare. This article tries to make you think he’s the brains behind the curtain. He tries it for one second and he’s gone. Period.

This is a non-story trying to stir up people just like you. Leavitt is a worker and Romney is boss. There is no question of that.

Crefonso on June 4, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I trust Mitt on this. Much ado about nothing.

faraway on June 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

pass some of that over here….it must be at least twice as good as mine (damned dispensery).

Tim_CA on June 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

What is so frickin’ hard to understand about the simple fact that we want the whole stupid piece of crap repealed?

conservativemusician on June 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

The elite are smarter, better, and wiser than us. They’re here to save us from small government whacklobs like you! /////

Doomberg on June 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

All you Romney blog watchers, which we know you are there. Please take Gov Leavitt out to the woodshed, and beat some sense into him. Then ask yourself, Do you really want to kick over the Teaparty hornets nest, as it will not end well.Anything thst Obama shoved through,is a poison pill for Conservatives. We don’t want re-heated Mc Cain lite Thank You very much. Get It?

stormridercx4 on June 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Domenech’s worry, quite understandably, is that if full repeal ends up being derailed due to procedural roadblocks, Leavitt will convince Romney to keep both the exchanges and the federal “oversight” mechanisms that govern them


This
doesn’t seem to jibe with that concern:

“This is a profoundly important time for the states,” said Mr. Leavitt. “States need to lead.”…

The federal law gives the states until January 2014 to set up their own exchanges, with federal oversight. If they fail to do so, their citizens will get access to a federal exchange.

But some Republican governors have been reluctant. They oppose the federal law and say they hope it will be repealed by a Republican president in 2013.

Mr. Leavitt urged them to get moving anyway. If all 50 states move forward, they will compel the federal Department of Health and Human Services to give them the flexibility to tailor their exchanges to their state needs. If only 20 move forward, the other 30 will “give license” to HHS to be inflexible in designing regulations governing the exchanges.

Now you can argue as to whether this is a wise strategy but I hardly see this as an endorsement of Federal oversight. Obviously the states (like Utah) who have established exchanges should be allowed to keep them if they wish, with or without ObamaCare.

fwiw, a sound endorsement of the Utah Health Exchange, as well as an argument why the states should go ahead and design these plans in order to weaken the federal stranglehold, can be found here at Forbes.

Buy Danish on June 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Well, at least we aren’t talking about Jazz Shaw’s hiring by HA anymore…LOL.

d1carter on June 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Trouble is right, but it begins to confirm what myself and only a few others who blog here have known all along – Romney will not repudiate Obama’s policies. Policies that actually began with Bush. And what do Bush and Romney have in common?

rickv404 on June 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

What is so frickin’ hard to understand about the simple fact that we want the whole stupid piece of crap repealed?

conservativemusician on June 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I agree fully BUT to do that you have to have 60 Senators..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I may end up with egg on my face saying this but there is no way they are this dumb.

gophergirl on June 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM
I’m with you..Very well said!..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

You two, good ones, don’t bet your farms on it.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I just can’t believe that you actually think he’d keep this? Why? Because his adviser thinks so? Mitt would can him in a heart-beat.
Grow up, people. The primary is over. Get on board or shut up.

Crefonso on June 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

If it walks like a duck, (Romneycare)
and sounds like a duck, (Leavitt wants exchanges)

chance are, it’s a duck. (Romney loves Gov’t healthcare)

WisRich on June 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

stormridercx4 on June 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

rofl..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

No need to worry folks. Sketch will never be president.

Uppereastside on June 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Is he strongly Conservative, too?

kingsjester on June 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Oh, I’d go so far as to say he must be severely conservative. ‘Cause Mitt’s severe, I tell ya. His advisors, too. That’s what you whack-a-doodle base voters want to hear, right? /Romney campaign

Inkblots on June 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

State Exchanges will give every local hack politican the opportunity to make sweetheart deals in deciding which insurance companies get to sell insurance in their state. It’s like the current State Insurance Commissioners power, only magnified and multiplied.

kingsjester on June 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

none of you even knew who Leavitt was until this article! You think he’s going to somehow save ObamaCare under a Romney presidency? Good grief!

I could post an article: “One time Romney shook someone’s hand who didn’t like Ron Paul” and this blog would go freakin’ nuts. “He’s an imposter! Burn him!”

So instead of supporting the guy who called for it’s repeal the VERY DAY after it was passed, we seethe that our favorite candidate wasn’t chosen and by so doing, only help Obama.

ObamaCare is GONE under a Romney presidency, regardless of whether or not Leavitt is in or not. This is a non-issue.

Put the aluminum pin-hats away guys.

Crefonso on June 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Exit question: Can he really afford to alienate his base on something this huge and visible? C’mon.

You are assuming his base wants Obamacare repealed. I believe his true base is only concerned with getting Mitt elected.

CTSherman on June 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

If he betrays the right straight out of the gate, he’ll be left with no base of support for his presidency virtually from day one.

Yes, it would be Romney’s equivalent of Bush Sr.’s “Read my lips: no new taxes” blunder.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

his own transition next January into a Valerie Jarrett-like personal counselor

So he’s going to have a sex change, start wearing black-face ,and become a hardcore Marxist in 6 months?

CorporatePiggy on June 4, 2012 at 4:56 PM

You two, good ones, don’t bet your farms on it.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I’m not!!..But let’s also not forget we do not have the numbers for total repeal..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Mitt Romney needs to realize that not all Republicans love (or even like) him. 31% of Texas voters voted “Not Mitt” in Texas last week.

I’m waiting for him to name Chris Christie as his running mate and all hell will break lose.

There’s only one person who can stop Mitt and that’s the man himself.

bw222 on June 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

To clarify my prior comment, Bush’s blunder was not in saying no new taxes, it was in reneging on the promise of no new taxes.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Allah,

if you and ur ilk don’t like Romney, you can go vote for Obama. I don’t get the kind of BS you people are running out here. The freaking primary is over, if you guys prefer Obama, then freaking come out and say so.

This is a bunch of BS. Nonsense.

Chudi on June 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Why in the world would anyone on Mitt’s team come out with this on bhocare? DO they have a flying clue how the vast majority of American’s feel about bhocare? If this guy is for real, MITT you better not be doing the same thing bho did with this? And if the SC finds for our Republic and citizens, what will YOU DO then? This has got to be the bho/team/soros/some gosh horribe team plowing up this snake?
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letget on June 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Romney: ‘If Elected, I Will Repeal ‘Obamacare’ | Video – ABC News

“Never mind.” -Roseanne Rosanadana

Akzed on June 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM

…lol (:->)

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

This is NO different from Sen. Feinstein and her husband, in conflict of interest, running companies which audit Medicare.

He was found out, put on hold, made up a new company, and is at it, again, scamming the gov’t of millions…she s/b thrown out for this alone.

Fool yourselves at your own taxpayers’ raping.

This guy has a direct conflict of interest and s/b relieved, alas.

Buy Danish, it’s gon’ be a looong summer and a tough life, for millions.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Please. There was just a story on Headlines about how Romney’s leading his own campaign…Leavitt is leading a possible transition, he’s not dictating anything else.

This knee jerk reaction to anything less than pure TrueCon standards is getting old.

changer1701 on June 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

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