Mitt Romney has been under fire in the last couple of days thanks to comments made by Andrea Saul, a campaign spokeswoman who cited RomneyCare to fight back against an untruthful attack ad from a pro-Obama “super PAC.” Conservatives are beside themselves over it, and understandably so given that RomneyCare was one of the reasons many of them refused get behind him during the primary.
Ann Coulter has suggested that Saul should be fired for the comment because the response was incredibly dumb. But others, like Philip Klein, note that Saul isn’t the problem, but Romney is because he “was a moderate to liberal governor of Massachusetts, and had to adopt conservative positions that he isn’t entirely comfortable with to win the Republican nomination, health care being the most prominent example.”
And while Saul is working with what she was given, Mitt Romney, who seems completely disconnected from why he struggled during the primary, cited his healthcare overhaul as part of his experience in dealing with the issue during a campaign stop yesterday:
Romney spoke Wednesday about health care in Des Moines, Iowa. One could be forgiven for thinking he sounded like a candidate who has grown increasingly reluctant to dismiss his most significant and successful public policy achievement.
“At the top of my list of programs we don’t need is one that costs $100 billion a year I’m going to get rid of and that’s Obamacare,” he said to cheers at a rally.
But then he made a telling pivot. “And by the way,” he added, “that doesn’t mean that health care is perfect. We’ve got to do reforms in health care and I have some experience doing that, as you know. And I know how to make a better setting than the one we have in health care.”
Obama’s health care plan, which was crafted in the Romney plan’s image, puts similar safety nets in place.
Good luck slamming ObamaCare during the debates. President Obama is just going to look back and say, “Why are you complaining? This is your plan. We just took it national.” Romney can complain as much as he wants, but the fact is ObamaCare is RomneyCare. And to this day, Romney still touts the law as an achievement.
Congrats, Team Romney, you’ve just taken the issue off the table.