RNC Goodie Bag Contains Mitt’s Book Supporting Romneycare
posted at 3:52 pm on August 28, 2012 by Matt Vespa
I’m the first to admit that Mitt Romney wasn’t my first choice for president. I think the majority of the Republican Party was with me on this one. I was on the Rick Perry train, which turned out t be an epic failure. However, the primaries are over and Mitt came out on top. However, given that a lot of conservatives may still be suspicious of Romney’s shoddy conservative credentials, it doesn’t help that the RNC goodie bag contains a copy of his book No Apologies, which endorses his decision, as Governor of Massachusetts, to institute an individual mandate on health insurance.
All credentialed media checking into the Republican National Convention are being given a swag bag featuring brochures and items from various sponsors such as sunglasses and a pocket fan. But the bag also contains a copy of the original hardcover version of Mitt Romney’s book, No Apology, in which he suggested his approach to health care in Massachusetts could be accomplished in the rest of the country.
The allusion was later altered for the paperback version of the book, a change that became a contentious issue during the Republican primary.
On page 177 of the hardcover version of No Apology that’s being given out at the RNC, Romney describes his Massachusetts health care law and writes: ‘We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country, and it can be done without letting government take over health care.’
Ben Domenech of RedState and The Heartland Institute, mentioned on GBTV that Romneycare hasn’t curbed premiums and will consume 50% of the Massachusetts state budget by 2020. In addition, he stated that current Governor Deval Patrick has passed a revised version of Romneycare and created a panel of eleven unelected bureaucrat to devise ways to curb costs. In addition, when Romneycare went over budget, Deval, like all Democrats, fled to Washington to beg for more money. He received $4.3 billion dollars more than what he asked for in federal taxpayer dollars to keep”Romneycare 2.0″ afloat.
Some conservatives, and I was one of them, were never fans of Romneycare, but saw not constitutional problems with it since it was at the state-level. If residents of the Bay State want to be idiots and vote to give wide regulatory powers to the legislature– that’s fine. If you don’t like, there are 49 other states available for relocation. However, since the policy failed to curb costs and now needs federal money to remain solvent, it is, as Domenech says, a breakdown of federalism.
I think there is some legitimacy within out side concerning what will Romney replace Obamacare with if elected in November. What policy prescriptions will be peddled out by his team? I hope it won’t be drawn on an Etch A Sketch.