Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivers his annual State of the Commonwealth, January 18, 2006. Massachusetts lawmakers overwhelmingly approved an ambitious health-care bill on Tuesday that would make it the first U.S. state to require nearly all residents to be insured or face penalties
Here is the old post (some of the links are bad) and it rings true today as it did then.
ASSociated Press: Clinton Praises Romney Health Care Plan
A Massachusetts plan that blends the Democratic goal of universal health care with the Republican philosophy of personal responsibility could be a model for politicians nationwide â€” and a presidential launching pad for its chief sponsor, GOP Gov. Mitt Romney.
The proposal, approved Tuesday by Massachusetts’ Democratic-led Legislature, won Romney cautious praise from Democrats, including a longtime champion of health care overhaul: Sen.
Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
“To come up with a bipartisan plan in this polarized environment is commendable,” said the former first lady, who led President Clinton’s failed health care campaign.
She embraced the Massachusetts measure’s most striking aspect ” requiring people to purchase health insurance ” but questioned Romney’s plans to eliminate a fee on companies that do not provide health insurance for employees.
“That would unravel the plan,” Clinton said.
Of course, the LEFT and Clinton like this compulsory state sponsored plan – they want national universal care and this is a step toward their goal.
Hugh Hewitt calls this bill a “Home Run” for Governor Mitt Romney.
Flap says Hugh Hewitt has it WRONG.
Romney STRIKES OUT with this proposal.
Romney’s health care plan is another socialistic attempt to nationalize medicine. Why would ANY conservative support this fiasco?
Sally C. Pipes over at National Review has Unhealthy in Massachusetts, The Romney plan doesn’t cut it.
READ IT ALL.
As for Hillary……she will have to debate health care with Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 Presidential debates not a light weight (who has decided to NOT run for re-election) like Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney has a RomneyCare problem which will likely be exploited by Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. If he gets by them, then he will have to convince the American people that Sally Pipes is wrong and that ObamaCare is different than RomneyCare.