A perfect example of why Mitt Romney is a bad candidate is how even at this late date he can’t figure out a way to talk about his own signature health care reform law. Romney has never found a way to deal with the fact that in design Romneycare and Obamacare are very similar, yet the Republican Party demands Romney strongly oppose Obamacare. To defend himself from charges of not caring enough about regular people Romney pointed to his health care law. From NBC News:
“I think throughout this campaign as well, we talked about my record in Massachusetts, don’t forget — I got everybody in my state insured,” Romney told NBC’s Ron Allen in an interview before his rally here tonight. “One hundred percent of the kids in our state had health insurance. I don’t think there’s anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record.”
Of course, if trying to expand insurance is proof of empathy than that would make President Obama 50 times more empathetic than Romney, since Obama wants to expand coverage into 50 states compared to Romney who did it in one.
Similarly, if expanding coverage is proof of caring about people, then by his own statement Romney is basically admitting he doesn’t care about people or that he puts politics above helping regular people. One of Romney’s biggest campaign promises is repeal a law that would expand his insurance plan nationally. If according to Romney expanding coverage is a sign of empathy, then you would assume Romney’s efforts to take it away would be proof of callousness.
Romney wouldn’t denounce his signature law, yet also want to claim adopting its basic design nationally would devastate the country. Trying to have it both ways on health care has left Romney sounding either incoherent or like an unprincipled con man whenever talking about the issue.