COMMENTARY | Mitt Romney is not the only Republican who flip-flops. It seems to be a party prerogative, especially when President Obama weighs in on an issue. No matter what the feelings were prior to the President’s endorsement, Republicans are against whatever he favors. If the President says he loves bacon and eggs, Republicans will try to outlaw pigs and chickens.
If you ask Republicans what they have against “Obamacare,” as they call it, most cannot give an intelligent answer. They agree with keeping students on their parent’s policies, not discontinuing policies when people get sick, accepting people with pre-existing conditions, fixing the Bush prescription Medicare debacle. They cannot on their own find a valid reason why they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Besides quoting inaccurate information, they do not have an answer except for denouncing the individual mandate because they claim it is unconstitutional.
These are the same people that have plenty to say about hospital emergency rooms used as a doctor’s office, full of people without insurance getting medical care and not paying for it, which increases the cost of insurance for everyone else. Everyone insured fixes this problem. So, what is their complaint? They have none. Except the President is for it; therefore, they must be against it.
In 1993, President Clinton’s goal was to provide all Americans with Universal health care by enforcing employers to implement coverage to their employees through regulated health maintenance organizations. Of course, most Republicans rejected this proposal and proposed other plans. The late Senator John Chafee co-sponsored a bill with then Minority Leader Robert Dole, proposing Universal health care by mandating individuals to purchase insurance, also known as the individual mandate.
According to Ezra Klein’s Washington Post blog, not only did Chafee and Dole support this, so did other prominent republicans such as, Newt Gingrich, the Heritage Foundation, Mitt Romney and many other die-hard Republicans. The Clinton administration’s Universal health care reform died a slow and painful death. George H.W. Bush even developed a health plan that contained an individual mandate, but never pursued it, thinking a Democratic Congress would not pass it.
On the other hand, Romney is now trying to disassociate himself from the popular healthcare reform bill that he signed in Massachusetts. It has an individual mandate. The people of Massachusetts are happy with their healthcare. The Affordable Care Act was largely in part, based on the Romney plan. So, why the denial and pushback? The number one goal of the Republican party is to make Barack Obama a one-term president. Whatever it takes, no matter how many lies must be told, no matter how much flip-flopping, back-tracking and distorting the truth. It is truly sad that the Republican agenda is to go against anything Obama supports, even if they once supported it.