Newtbomneycare, Anyone?

Reports the Wall Street Journal via ABC News:

To conservatives, the biggest strike against Mitt Romney is the health care plan he put in place in Massachusetts, but Newt Gingrich lavished praise on Romney’s plan after it was passed in 2006. [Pols emphasis]

“We agree entirely with Governor Romney and Massachusetts legislators that our goal should be 100 percent insurance coverage for all Americans,” Gingrich wrote in 2006. And, Gingrich wrote, the key to achieving that goal was doing what Romney did in Massachusetts:  Requiring everybody who could afford it to buy health insurance…

“Individuals who can afford to purchase health insurance and simply choose not to place an unnecessary burden on a system that is on the verge of collapse; these free-riders undermine the entire health system by placing the onus of responsibility on taxpayers.”

We’re pretty sure that Mitt Romney, or for that matter Barack Obama himself, could not have said it better. Obviously this takes considerable wind out of Newt Gingrich’s fervent attacks on Romney. But perhaps more importantly, this kind of thing is exactly what Obama needs to expose conservative hypocrisy underlying attacks against him over health care reform.

Not that Romney needs any more help in this department.

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  1. BlueCat says:

    whose name I can’t recall said it best during the final days of the payroll tax battle. I paraphrase but basically, whether a policy is good or bad, the only important thing is to be against (or for) it if Obama is for (or against) it. They pretend to be super ideological and pure but that’s been the real basis of GOTP policy ever since they started voting against their own ideas as soon as Obama adopted them.

    The real agenda is crush Obama and any remaining Dem power at any cost regardless of how much harm constituents must suffer as a result. Any sacrifice (as in “let’s you and him sacrifice”) is worth it as a means to that end.  The only good policy is policy that fails and so improves their chances by making voters miserable as long as no one notices that they are the ones behind all the failure.

    For decades they managed to hypnotize their way past folks noticing but those days may be coming to an end.    

  2. Pita says:

    which I did earlier today – there is a stony silence, so far.

    • BlueCat says:

      My Uncle and I made truce years ago.  We know we won’t ever change each other’s minds so we now just adore each other don’t send each other political stuff.  Fortunately my uncle has plenty of other interesting stuff he likes to talk about as a former Chicago reporter and then fire fighter. With really cool pictures starting from the late 40s and early 50s.  Now if he could just get his daughter, my cousin, to stop trying to start something in every conversation…

      • Pita says:

        He’s been on this Newt kick and we have been back and forth debating his newtness for several months. Others, like you, I agree to disagree and go on to other things of mutual interest.  

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Newt’s got absolution for all sins, venial and mortal, occurring before 2009 . . . besides, prior to then he was just a tadpole.

    It’s hard to pin an old amphibian historian, nice try anyway.  

  4. Half Glass Full says:

    Hey, he’s a 68 year old grandfather now. In his bad old days lo so many years ago – five? six? – he was whoring around and supporting the individual mandate.

    Now he’s a 68 year old grandfather.

    Which reminds me: Jerry Sandusky is 67. Maybe we should forget about his past, too.  

  5. Pita says:

    A lot of Republicans supported the individual mandate

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/

    I’ve bolded the names of all the Republicans who were active in health-care reform during the last two years.

       Robert Bennett [R-UT], Christopher Bond [R-MO], David Boren [D-OK], William Cohen [R-ME], John Danforth [R-MO], Robert Dole [R-KS], Pete Domenici [R-NM], David Durenberger [R-MN], Duncan Faircloth [R-NC], Slade Gorton [R-WA], Charles Grassley [R-IA], Orrin Hatch [R-UT], Mark Hatfield [R-OR], Nancy Kassebaum [R-KS], Robert Kerrey [D-NE], Richard Lugar [R-IN], Alan Simpson [R-WY], Arlen Specter [R-PA], Ted Stevens [R-AK], John Warner [R-VA].

    Hmmm.  There are more R-names from 1994.

    You have to love it when a columnist makes your arguments (debates) for you.

  6. WestDem says:

    Still waiting for the talking points on why this is all wrong and why what Newt and Romney supported is so very different than the Affordable Care Act.  (I refuse to call it O-care).

    ((crickets))

    • GalapagoLarry says:

      But. I’m damned proud he pulled it off, and he owns it, warts and all. I realize it was and is used as a perjorative by the Repugs, but, have you noticed, less and less. And even some national Dems are beginning to wear it as a badge of honor. And deservedly so.

      Looking back, it looms as one hell of an achievement.

      Of course, I’d rather the Repugs were whining about PelosiCare, which would be a much more progressive program. Medicare E, anyone? Still, I think Obama can be proud of his achieving passage of the ACA. I am.

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