Monday, July 19, 2010

Is Romneycare Obamacare?

Professor Samuelson has an editorial in the Post this morning in which he 1) compares the Massachusetts healtcare rubric to that created by Mr. Obama and the Congress and 2) lays out some of the problems with the Massachusetts plan--the primary one of course being that it did nothing to control costs (sound familiar, America?).

All this is interesting as a matter of policy; but it is also interesting as a matter of politics.  On the radio show last week, caller "Laura" wondered aloud whether Mitt Romney's association with the Massachusetts healthcare imbroglio would be an albatross around his would-be presidential neck in the Republican primaries--I agreed it would be an issue, but one I thought he could overcome.

The more I think about this, the more I think Laura might be right....


Sally said...

That chick Laura is clearly very smart. But I think you are right, too-if Romney can get out in front of it and explain how it is different (if in fact it is) he'll be okay.

Stephen Monteith said...

Romney already has gotten "out in front of it"; numerous times, in fact. The best example was his appearance on Fox News Sunday in front of Chris Wallace (no shrinking violet when it comes to interrogating potential GOP presidential candidates). What people need to do is start looking at what Romney has already said about it, not wait for what he will say.

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