By - June 5, 2011

Who’s Line Is It, Anyway?

We have heard a lot of silly even stupid things from the President down to some of the Republican hopefuls.  How about the stupid and scary statements?  I know Obama has plenty of those and a few Republicans (i.e. Newt Gingrich) have too.  Who said this, on Friday June 3rd?

“I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that,” to be followed with, “It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.”

Was that statement from Barack Obama?  Not this time around, that would be too obvious a choice.  How about Newt Gingrich?  We know he is a believer in this, the greatest hoax to fool the brainless in this century, but it was not him.  John McCain?  Well he’s another fool who could have uttered those words, but it wasn’t him.  How about the GOP Presidential newcomer, John Huntsman?  Now he is about a liberal as a republican gets, but it wasn’t Huntsman.

Those words were uttered by the current GOP front-runner, Mitt Romney!

Mitt Romney is a man who instituted an individual mandate for health care in Massachusetts and defends it to this day.  Romney will argue that a state mandate is different than a federal mandate and indeed he is correct.  Don’t like the mandate move to another state.  It’s harder to move to another country that isn’t already socialists.

Is Romneycare worth defending?  Here are some facts:

A recent study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed that 75% of non-emergency ER visits occurred because a regular physician was not available after hours, and half of these visits occurred because a timely appointment was unavailable.  With more than half of all the doctors trained in Massachusetts leaving the state, citing the practice environment and low salary levels, and one out of every four currently practicing doctors considering a career change, it does not appear that access issues are going to improve soon.

Fact; health insurance premiums have gone up in Massachusetts and health care expenditures have not gone down since universal coverage was mandated in Massachusetts.  The cost for Commonwealth Care (the state’s low or no-cost insurance program) is five times its initial budget.  Defensive medicine (medical practice aimed at reducing a physician’s likelihood of being sued),  was not affected by the mandate, and is estimated to cost $1.5 billion annually in Massachusetts – actually, more than enough to pay for Commonwealth Care. 

Romney is a genius!  Ok, actually he may be worse than John McCain.  If I told you a presidential candidate believes in global warming and universal healthcare, you would believe I was referring to Barack Obama, but with a few twists to the ideology we are referring to Mitt Romney.

The GOP needs a strong candidate, not willing to bend to whims of a particular crowd or interest group.  We DO have those candidates but it’s not the well known names.  Look to those who the press reviles and tries to brand as unintelligent or lacking in experience (that didn’t matter of course with Obama).  The GOP has to put more faith in candidates such as Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain.  These are the individuals the press hates, which means they are the real threat to Obama.

The GOP can ill afford another McCain, the Tea Party people have little patients for milk-toast candidates and will eventually form a third party.  If the GOP doesn’t listen that will happen sooner rather than later.

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