Mitt Romney Thinks You Are Too Stupid To Know What “Conservative” Means
He’s at it again. Mitt Romney just can’t quit the individual mandate.
What Mitt is doing here is conflating conservative values with conservative policies. It’s intentional and done to make the unreasonable and indefensible into something it isn’t. Sure, self-reliance is a value conservatives cherish but turning that personal value into public policy creates a conflict. People have the right to be irresponsible, you can’t and shouldn’t try and legislate that kind of personal responsibility. As opponents of the mandate have argued, once the government can tell you to buy a product on the open market there is simply no imaginable limit on what government may force you to do.
Society as a whole has decided we will supply medical care to people regardless of their ability to pay. That’s a choice we have made as a nation, but in making that choice we have not handed over our liberty to the government simply to make the system run more efficiently and cost effectively.
And in reality how much personal responsibility is being foisted on people by Mitt’s mandate? According to the Wall Street Journal, not many.
The only good news we can find is that the uninsured rate has dropped to 2% today from 6% in 2006. Yet four out of five of the newly insured receive low- or no-cost coverage from the government. The subsidies will cost at least $830 million in 2011 and are growing, conservatively measured, at 5.1% a year.
I fail to see how getting people on government subsidized health insurance plans is an example of increasing personal responsibility.
Well at least it controls costs, right?
Total state health-care spending as a share of the budget has grown from about 16% in the 1980s to 30% in 2006 to 40% today. The national state average is about 25%.
Mitt Romney says “I like mandates. The mandates work”.
To paraphrase Ben Franklin, those who would trade a little a freedom to get health care savings will get neither.
The politics of this are awful. Romney still supports the idea that individual mandates are a reasonable way to go (there not) but should only be implemented at the state not federal level. If that’s the ground you want to fight on, then Mitt is your man. Add to that the fact that Mitt will be dogged by questions about which parts of ObamaCare he likes and would keep,
If you think the health care fights should be about Obama and ObamaCare, Mitt Romney simply won’t, and could not if he wanted to, make a convincing or effective stand against them.