Washington – So much for Mitt Romney escaping health care.
Reminders of the Republican presidential candidate’s signature achievement as Massachusetts governor – a sweeping health care overhaul – now are everywhere. And Democrats and liberals – from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to President Barack Obama to party faithful in Congress – are making sure everyone knows that Romney’s requirement that all people have health insurance was the basis of the federal mandate that the Supreme Court just upheld as a tax.
“Congress followed Massachusetts’ lead, “Ginsburg wrote in the landmark decision. By design or not, she ended up giving Democrats ammunition against Romney.
Romney has spent much of the presidential campaign shying away from talking about the law he signed as governor and become the blue print of Obama’s national health care plan. Both measures require individuals to have health insurance, mandate the employer offer healthcare to their employees and provide subsidies or exemptions for people who can’t afford it. Both was impose penalties for those who won’t get coverage for those who can afford health insurance.
The Supreme Court’s ruling highlighted those similarities.
Romney justify his position over the similarities of his health care plan to Obama, and even said that he would repeal Obama’s national version. The Republican also has tried to explain between the two measures by telling audiences he would be happy to help the president write a better law.
Obama “does me a great favor by saying I was the inspiration, “Romney has said. “If that was the case, why didn’t you call me? Why didn’t you ask me what was wrong?”
Since the court’s ruling, the Republican has taken care not to mention his state law. He left it out of his statement Thursday in response to the Supreme Court ruling and didn’t bring it up when he talked about health care at a private fundraiser Friday in New York.