She writes, “It’s not as if we had a beautifully functioning free market in health care until Gov. Mitt Romney came along and wrecked it by requiring that Massachusetts residents purchase their own health insurance.” Coulter points out that many conservatives and libertarians believed “mandatory private health insurance was considered the free-market alternative to the Democrats’ piecemeal socialization of the entire medical industry.” She argues that the Heritage Foundation and the Manhattan Institute were conservative think tanks that backed Romneycare.
Every single on one of these arguments could be used for Obamacare. Obamacare is mandatory private health insurance purchased through exchanges with subsidies and expanded Medicaid thrown in. That is also the basic architecture of Romneycare. Obama will argue that his plan wasn’t a government takeover of health care because it’s “not as if we had a beautifully functioning free market in health care until President Barack Obama came along and wrecked it.” He can also point out that many libertarians and conservatives were desperate enough to support his approach when the Democrats were touting policies to its left.