Mitt Romney Flip-Flops on Health Care, Supported Obama-like Plans for Years

Likely GOP 2012 contender Mitt Romney's set to deliver a speech in Michigan today laying out his own idea for the future of health care. He's expected to claim incentives for citizens who go with private insurance plans and knock any type of federal mandate for citizen plans. However, while the former Massachusetts governor has been practically knocking people over to express his disdain for President Obama's health care plan, it's important to remember that Romney enacted a similar plan in Massachusetts when he was governor... and supported or voted for federal plans in 1994, 2006, 2008 and 2009. The Wall Street Journal ran a conservative op-ed on the matter today, which made the point that 'If he does not change his message, he might as well try to knock off Joe Biden and get on the Obama ticket.'

Heh. Well, not quite, but as Blue Mass Group points out, the plan Romney said he'd vote for in '94 was identical to Obama's plan:

See, in 1993, then-Senator John Chafee, a Republican from Rhode Island, floated a health care bill that was supposed to be an alternative to the Clinton administration’s proposal.  It never really went anywhere, but it did garner 20 co-sponsors in the Senate, including a couple of Democrats (Boren of OK and Kerrey of NE).  And a key feature of that bill was that, if it passed, the bad ol’ federal government would have required every American (with the usual hardship etc. exceptions) to purchase health insurance.

TNR has more evidence of Romney's prior support. And maybe the real point here is not Romney's flip-floppery, but that the parties should be united on the fact that every citizen deserves proper universal health care?

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at May 12, 2011, 4:31am

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