The man who could be considered a founding father of tenable public healthcare programs is still shaking his head.
“In the years since the Massachusetts health care law went into effect nothing has changed my view that a plan crafted to fit the unique circumstances of a single state should not be grafted onto the entire country,” Mitt Romney said just as President Obama arrived in Boston this week to give a speech about the Affordable Care Act - on the very historic spot where Mr. Romney, as governor of Massachusetts, had once introduced his version of state run healthcare.
Mr. Romney is in agreement with observers like Newt Gingrich, who long warned that the supersized healthcare reform legislation should be broken down into a half dozen manageable components.
But the deed is done, and proposed legislation is now law.
“Had President Obama actually learned the lessons of Massachusetts health care, millions of Americans would not lose the insurance they were promised they could keep, millions more would not see their premiums skyrocket, and the installation of the program would not have been a frustrating embarrassment,” Mr. Romney said.
“Health reform is best crafted by states with bipartisan support and input from its employers, as we did, without raising taxes, and by carefully phasing it in to avoid the type of disruptions we are seeing nationally.”