A funny thing happened to Mitt Romney yesterday.
He gave a major speech to explain the difference between the health care plan he championed as governor of Massachusetts and the national plan created by President Obama. And he proved, instead, that the two plans are almost exactly the same.
It’s true. Both the Massachusetts plan and the new American plan are based on the same three principles: universal coverage; mandated purchase of insurance; and subsidies to those who cannot afford the insurance premiums. Romney’s Massachusetts plan, in fact, was the successful template on which President Obama modeled his own, national plan.
Poor Romney. He not only failed to show any difference between his plan and Obama’s plan. He insisted he was still proud of his Massachusetts plan – which means he’s going to have to defend it throughout the presidential primaries.
But he’s not alone. Among conservatives, Newt Gingrich also has some ‘splainin’ to do. He’s long been a supporter of an individual mandate, insisting that it’s immoral for anyone not to buy health insurance and then show up at an emergency room for assistance.
Bottom line. There’s no difference between RomneyCare and ObamaCare. They’re both damned good plans.
That’s my parting shot for today.