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,