The biggest obstacle facing Willard as he tries to win the Teaparty GOP nomination in 2012 is the fact that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is pretty much a dead ringer for RomneyCare. Most notably, Willard’s bill requires everyone to buy insurance, and Romney himself said as late as 2008, “I like mandates…mandates work.”
In light of this, it’s going to be very difficult, if not impossible, for Willard to characterize Obama’s mandate as some kind of unconstitutional government takeover, right?
“Obamacare is bad law constitutionally, bad policy, and it is bad for America’s families,” Romney said. “The federal government isn’t the answer for running health care any more than it’s the answer for running Amtrak or the Post Office.”
Seriously? Post Office jokes?
But you can see the clumsy approach Willard is taking here. “When the federal government requires that you buy health insurance, it’s tyrannical and unconstitutional, but when the Governor of Massachusetts does it, it’s okay.”
Anyone think the teabaggers are going to buy this? I think a better approach would’ve been to simply mea culpa — just say the whole thing was a mistake and apologize. Or blame Ted Kennedy.
But Willard, who’s flip-flopped on everything from abortion to civil unions, might be thinking he’s already taken one too many mulligans as it is. And you can bet Huck, The Quitter, and Mitch Daniels are licking their chops.