Romney did reveal his healthcare proposal yesterday. In his PowerPoint presentation he set out to explain his Massachusetts plan experience and then offer a national plan based on improving state innovation and lessening state regulatory mandates on insurance, offering tax breaks for individuals to buy insurance, and malpractice reform. The Romney team offered up his PowerPoint presentation and pointed to coverage (here and here for example) explaining his plan. There was minimal coverage at the conservative blogs, not I think, because of any disagreement with the plan, but frankly because it was rolled out on a Friday afternoon in August. The Rudy camp spotted the similarities to Rudy’s own plan and an aide declared: ” If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, let’s just say we’re blushing now.” I leave it to David and other gurus to dissect the plan and explain how it differs from Rudy’s plan (Is there anything in there about promoting an interstate insurance market? Didn’t see it but those Powerpoint slides go by fast.) It is clear he removed a target for his opponents by declining to take Commonwealth Care national. His opponents are now left only to complain that the new plan represents another policy about face by Romney. As in immigration, I think most voters want to know what you’re offering now and Romney clearly wants to offer a conservative alternative to the Democratic plans.
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