Too bad for
Romney's response to the landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold President Barack Obama's health care reform law was to shake his fist and promise to get rid of it "on my first day as president of
If Romney hadn't decided that he wants the presidency more than personal integrity, he might have savored the victory for a program modeled after the one he helped establish as governor of
As to the individual mandate, the requirement that everyone maintain health coverage or pay a penalty, Romney was for it, before he was against it. In 2009, Romney said, "Using tax penalties, as we did ... encourages free riders to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass on their medical costs to others."
Before Romney followed the right turn of his party, he understood that the individual mandate was the conservative approach to universal coverage and cost containment. It kept private insurers in the game as opposed to
As governor, Romney was so enamored with the individual mandate that he vetoed the employer mandate part of the Romneycare program (a veto overridden by that state's Democratic legislature). He wanted individuals alone, and not their employers, to shoulder the health insurance requirement. At the time, Romney had no liberty concerns that government was forcing its citizens to buy a product they didn't want. He was more interested in those "free riders."
But now that the
They should be careful what they wish for, because the rest of Roberts' ruling constrains
No matter how much tea partiers stomp their feet, America is not going to go back to a time when government consisted of a post office and traveling circuit judge (and, of course, their sacrosanct
If the ACA is repealed, as Romney promises, a progressive
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