Voters need to hear it from him — and he has to be straight with them.
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He also could calm voters by emphasizing that a federal mandate to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional and detail more reasons why Obamacare’s government-centric approach is wrong.
Step 2: Explain what really happened with passage of Romneycare.
Gov. Romney’s support for states’ rights is important, saying the law worked for Massachusetts but that other states need their own solutions in our diverse and complex country. But conservatives would feel better knowing what he initially proposed in the Bay State. For example:
• Mandate escape. Few voters know that Romney wanted an escape from the individual mandate. Voters may be more forgiving if he were to tell them he wanted to give citizens a way out and that he strongly opposed the employer mandate.
• Real insurance. Romney wanted people to
be able to purchase real health insurance that would have covered
catastrophic events. Instead, the legislature insisted on including
all of the 50-plus health insurance mandates already on the books.
The legislature allowed the high-deductible plans only for some
young people aged 18-26.
After the Massachusetts law was passed by the legislature, Romney continued to try to reshape it with his line-item veto. For example:
• Employer mandate: Vetoed. The bill called for a mandate on employers with 11 or more workers to provide health coverage or pay an annual fee of $295 per worker. Overridden.
• Covering certain immigrants: Vetoed. The bill included a provision that would allow some non-citizens to qualify for coverage under the new health plan. Overridden.
• New bureaucracy: Vetoed. The bill created a powerful new bureaucracy, called the Public Health Council. Overridden.
• Limiting improvements to Medicaid: Vetoed. The bill restricted changes to Medicaid to make the program more efficient. Overridden.
Gov. Romney must clarify that in working with a Republican Congress on a new health reform agenda, he would start with a very different vision than Romneycare and work much harder to make sure the consumer-friendly structure is what becomes law.
Step 3: Emphasize his vision for market-based health reform, with a much clearer description of what a President Romney’s plan would look like.
He needs to talk about what he would do so he can stop having to defend Romneycare. A handful of specifics would do, many of which are included on his campaign website:
1) Help states set up functional pools so people with pre-existing conditions are protected.
2) Provide new subsidies for the uninsured to purchase the coverage of their choice.
3) Encourage the states to set up marketplaces for people to buy insurance and allow policies to be purchased across state lines.
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