There is no such thing as a “conservative” health care mandate

Recently I had a conversation with a Romney supporter, and they were defending “Romneycare” – the individual healthcare mandate that Mitt Romney implemented during his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2006.

It seems to me that several Republicans have this mentality: if a conservative does it, and says they’re doing it for conservative reasons, then that means it’s ok!

The reasoning for defending Romneycare went something like, forcing people to pay for their own health care and not letting them leech off the system is a way of teaching people personal responsibility. There was probably more to the argument, but that’s what stuck out to me.

I see something very wrong with this reasoning. Republicans supporting Romneycare would never support a similar program if it were coming from a Democrat. Exhibit A: All of the Obamacare backlash. (Obamacare and Romneycare are really not all that different)

Just because a “Republican” defends it, does not mean it’s “ok.”

Here is what the Republican National Committee has to say about health care in their platform:

We support common-sense health care reforms that would lower costs, preserve quality, end lawsuit abuse, and maintain the healthcare that Americans deserve. We oppose government-run health care, which won’t protect the physician-patient relationship, won’t promote competition, and won’t promote health care quality and choice. [source]

…Except if Mitt Romney supports government-run health care and offers “conservative” reasons for it. Then we’re all for it.

Republicans, conservatives, and everyone in that canon of political ideology need to get a grip on what it really means to be conservative. Do we support the government forcing the individual to buy a product or service, or do we not? Or do we only support it if a charismatic ex-Governor calling himself a “Republican” says so?

This is one of the many reasons I don’t support Romney for president.

What do you think? Could government-run health care ever be “conservative”?

Peace, Love and Liberty,

Ann

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2 thoughts on “There is no such thing as a “conservative” health care mandate

  1. I’m not about either party, I respect your position and your stance on subjects. But
    just so you know, from a native of Massachusetts, Romney care or as it is really called MassHealth and Commonwealth Care are plans devised for the purpose of providing care yes to those who don’t have it because, they are un-employed, disabled (and are on SSI, because of a proven disability), retirees receiving social security, or because their place of employment does not provide health care coverage of any kind whatsoever. For anyone that says that we are giving undocumented immigrants care under this system, that is not entirely true. We provide emergency care for minors whose status is undocumented and that is it.

    Despite what everyone says, people are sort of forced by law to have some form of health insurance (also because you would be surprised how many people would bypass insurance, just so they don’t lose the extra money in their paychecks). As a protection more for the people as well as the state. If you were to lose your job, you would be without health insurance (if there was no other coverage available, lets say through a spouse/partner) and lets say for example you are diabetic. If we didn’t have this type of a protection, not only would you now be paying out of pocket for diabetic maintenance drugs (let me tell you $100 per bottle of insulin and $45+ per prescription pill, and the amount of money for testing you are going to have a big financial problem on your hand). Some people because of the cost of medical care when uninsured, begin gambling with their health. Again not another great problem to have on one’s hand. Instead of improving the situation you are making it worse, meaning more cost to you when it could have been lower had you monitored your health to begin with.

    MassHealth hasn’t limited who you go to for care as the majority of the states health services take MassHealth or Commonwealth Care, those practices that choose not to participate in that system do so under their own accord. I can go on about this system and why it has worked for this state, even for those in this state who don’t support this policy. You can still disagree with me after this, but again it has worked for most us and I think they should keep this system. I mean the health insurance I get through work, makes me pay a higher amount, because I chose to keep the same doctor and hospital I go to for services. I don’t think that is fair, but I still pay the higher cost because I am not going to change my doctor…

    I apologize for the long winded comment, but I’m tired of people using what they call “Romney care” as a bashing point for Romney or Obama. This is a beneficial thing that has helped countless people and I hate to see it bashed without at least getting some facts in.

  2. I’m not about either party, I respect your position and your stance on subjects. But
    just so you know, from a native of Massachusetts, Romney care or as it is really called MassHealth and Commonwealth Care are plans devised for the purpose of providing care yes to those who don’t have it because, they are un-employed, disabled (and are on SSI, because of a proven disability), retirees receiving social security, or because their place of employment does not provide health care coverage of any kind whatsoever. For anyone that says that we are giving undocumented immigrants care under this system, that is not entirely true. We provide emergency care for minors whose status is undocumented and that is it.

    Despite what everyone says, people are sort of forced by law to have some form of health insurance (also because you would be surprised how many people would bypass insurance, just so they don’t lose the extra money in their paychecks). As a protection more for the people as well as the state. If you were to lose your job, you would be without health insurance (if there was no other coverage available, lets say through a spouse/partner) and lets say for example you are diabetic. If we didn’t have this type of a protection, not only would you now be paying out of pocket for diabetic maintenance drugs (let me tell you $100 per bottle of insulin and $45+ per prescription pill, and the amount of money for testing you are going to have a big financial problem on your hand). Some people because of the cost of medical care when uninsured, begin gambling with their health. Again not another great problem to have on one’s hand. Instead of improving the situation you are making it worse, meaning more cost to you when it could have been lower had you monitored your health to begin with.

    MassHealth hasn’t limited who you go to for care as the majority of the states health services take MassHealth or Commonwealth Care, those practices that choose not to participate in that system do so under their own accord. I can go on about this system and why it has worked for this state, even for those in this state who don’t support this policy. You can still disagree with me after this, but again it has worked for most us and I think they should keep this system. I mean the health insurance I get through work, makes me pay a higher amount, because I chose to keep the same doctor and hospital I go to for services. I don’t think that is fair, but I still pay the higher cost because I am not going to change my doctor…

    I apologize for the long winded comment, but I’m tired of people using what they call “Romney care” as a bashing point for Romney or Obama. There is more to this plan than there is space to explain it. This is a beneficial thing that has helped countless people and I hate to see it bashed without at least getting some facts in.

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