VIDEO – Mitt Romney, on the heels of a major drop in opinion polls after the conventions, tries (once again) to change his position on Obamacare, identifying the popular parts as things he would keep (without elaborating on how they would be funded). Video has great footage of FDR from 1936, who was also dealing with Republicans trying to cherry pick popular things from his social programs and promising they “won’t cost anyone anything”.
Mitt Romney’s attempt to be the number one assailant against the healthcare reform law modeled after his own law from Massachusetts continues to be one of the most ridiculous displays of political pandering and flip-flopping ever seen.
Romney’s official portrait in the Governor’s mansion in Massachusetts includes a bound copy of his healthcare reform law, Romneycare, painted into the picture next to him. That is the one signature achievement of his only term as Governor and about the only thing the people of Massachusetts liked from him. Romney left office with a 34% approval rating, but his healthcare law is favored by 62% of people in Massachusetts.
This is why Mitt Romney can’t even keep his own position straight on the issue of Obamacare, a law based on Romneycare. During the Supreme Court proceedings on Obamacare, Romney actually changed his position three times in one week. Now, in full desperation mode after the Democrats clobbered Romney and the GOP in the convention battle, he told David Gregory on Meet The Press that there are “some good parts” to Obamacare, citing the preexisting conditions reform as an example.
Of course, right after the interview, Romney campaign aids came out with a statement: what Romney really meant on preexisting conditions is that he wants to restore the ability of insurance companies to deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions who did not have continuous health insurance coverage. In other words, if you have coverage and then get new coverage, you will be OK. But what Obamacare fixed – giving those without health insurance the ability to get it even with a preexisting condition – is not what Romney wants.
In addition to this being his 47th flip-flop on the issue, the Romney campaign is now admitting that what their candidate himself says in a national television interview cannot be taken for face value (something many have known about him for a long time). Whatever he says, his handlers may “clarify” (change) it after the fact. So it doesn’t really say “strong leader” to have your campaign amend your words – desperate words attempting to appeal to swing voters on national TV – into the position the Tea Party wants you to have.
Mitt Romney wants it both ways. He bashed Obamacare for over 18 months trying to win the hearts of the ultra-conservative base of the Republican Party, vowing to repeal it on day one of his presidency. Now, he wants to cherry-pick the popular parts of healthcare reform without all of the inconvenient “how we pay for it” stuff. It is truly amazing to watch someone debate with himself as much as Mitt Romney.