Why hasn’t Romney been nailed down on Obamacare? Because there is a misperception that while conservatives and libertarians see government-run healthcare as one of the worst affronts to constitutional liberty in history, the GOP establishment sees it as a decent reform that has some structural problems.Many do not believe that the GOP wants to repeal the law.
But that’s not true.
The tepid response of some GOP lawmakers shortly after passage of Obamacare left many in the Tea Party concerned that GOP insiders were being technocratic on the issue. This sentiment has spilled over to a distrust of Romney’s position on the issue. This mistrust has been exacerbated by the release of the Andrew Kaczynski video below:
One of the best reports about where Romney really stands on Obamacare was done by Avik Roy at Forbes Magazine. You can read the whole story here.
Roy concluded that Romney’s position is for a full-throated repeal on Obamacare and that is indicated as much at his PAC:
Mitt Romney believes that Obamacare must be repealed. On his first day in office, he will issue an executive order paving the way for waivers from Obamacare for all 50 states. Subsequently, he will call on Congress to fully repeal Obamacare, and advocate reforms that return power to the states, improve access by slowing health care cost increases, and make health insurance portable and flexible for today’s economy.
Roy concludes that Mitt’s early moderate position was sensible because it was not known where the electorate would be on the law come election year. He says that now, when repeal has become much more popular, Romney can bring the electorate to a more conservative position and offer outright repeal without much political loss.
Let’s face it, I think that we are going to have to learn to live with Romney. He has the organization and he is definitely going to run all the way to the end of the primary process. I think part of his plan has been to convince liberals that he is a moderate and safe guy on social issues. Though, let me confess, when he visited our law school in 2007 and announced that he supported a Marriage Amendment, he left those of us who brought him there (the Federalist Society of which I was the Secretary at the time) to absorb the liberal faculty’s outrage for the next two weeks. I was thinking about hiring security in order to get to class.
I didn’t know this before, but there are some Republican primary states which have been penalized and have had 50% of their delegates taken away. Some of those penalty states swill hurt Romney, like New Hampshire and Michigan. That means there is room for Bachmann if she can establish herself in the more conservative states.
She has an interesting strategy:
I will be making calls for Bachmnann in the next few weeks. The people at Romney’s website are already talking about his Vice Presidential choice. Their favorite seems to be Susan Martinez, the Governor of New Mexico.