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Massachusetts Liberal

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Willard Shuffle

Mitt Romney is clearly getting back into presidential campaign mode -- he's pulled another flip flop -- with an acrobatic twist.

The former governor, who spent the 2008 campaign running from his rather small record of accomplishments (including most days spent out of state) has now actually embraced his abandoned health care reform efforts.

But of course what's right for Massachusetts is not right for most of the other states that Romney has lived in.
"People often compare his plan to the Massachusetts plan,’’ Romney said in an interview last month. “They’re as different as night and day. There are some words that sound the same, but our plan is based on states solving our issues; his is based on a one-size-fits-all plan.’’
So the words are the same but they are different? Neat trick. Is that somehow still trying to disown the idea that you put forward requiring everyone to purchase insurance, the very Republican-like responsibility provision that has set Tea Partiers off?

Let's here it from an expert:
“Basically, it’s the same thing,’’ said Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who advised the Romney and Obama administrations on their health insurance programs. A national health overhaul would not have happened if Mitt Romney had not made “the decision in 2005 to go for it. He is in many ways the intellectual father of national health reform.’’
So in other words, Myth was for it before he was against it before he was for it. And he's not returning some attention to his unloved child, sort of. I'm getting dizzy.

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