I just saw this story over the weekend — finally, what I’ve been hoping to hear from Mitt Romney for about a year now.
“Obamacare is bad law, bad policy, and it is bad for America’s families,” Romney declared. “And that’s the reason why President Obama will be a one-term president.” He vowed to repeal it if he were ever in a position to do so, and drew hearty cheers from his Republican Party audience.
Then, raising the Massachusetts law, Romney argued that the solution for the unique problems of one state isn’t the right prescription for the nation as a whole, and he acknowledged: “Our experiment wasn’t perfect — some things worked, some didn’t, and some things I’d change.”
“One thing I would never do is to usurp the constitutional power of states with a one-size-fits-all federal takeover,” Romney said, again earning applause. “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.”
It’s no secret that the biggest hurdle facing Mitt Romney and his inevitable candidacy is his ability to reconcile, and indeed distinguish, the immensely unpopular ObamaCare with the health care law he implemented while in the State House in Massachusetts. It’s also no secret that I was growing more and more frustrated with his silence on the matter — it seems that, each time he had the chance, he would maintain radio silence rather than state the absolute right answer to everyone’s questions and doubts: it is intrinsic to our republican system of government that the states be permitted, and even encouraged, to act as a laboratory through which we can achieve the best possible solutions for the people to everyday problems.
Time and time again, I maintained that Mitt could use the failed RomneyCare experiment, along with the failed Dirigo Health System experiment in Maine and the success of what Mitch Daniels has been able to achieve in Indiana, and actually use it to his advantage in terms of explaining to the American people exactly how our founders intended our nation to adapt and succeed. Finally, he’s getting there.
And, speaking of Indiana and Mitch Daniels, perhaps Mitt should be talking to him about a presidential ticket. Romney/Daniels 2012 would certainly show what solid leadership from a chief executive can do for a state and its people, and it would certainly be able to instill confidence with regard to fiscal matters and draw a sharp contrast to the Obama administration’s handling of the economic downturn.