Editorial: Mr. Romney, Own It
|By Chicago Tribune|
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In upholding President
Aha, said conservatives: Here's proof Obama has raised taxes. The Romney campaign said it's not really a tax, it's a ... penalty. Romney flipped on Wednesday and said the federal penalty for not having insurance is, in fact, a tax.
Why is Romney so tortured about the definition of Obama's law? Because Romney signed a health insurance mandate as governor of
So he said Obamacare has a tax, but Romneycare still doesn't because. ...
Let's stop there.
Look at just some of the similarities between Romneycare and Obamacare:
--Both require that citizens pay a fine (tax, whatever) if they don't obtain health insurance.
--Both expand subsidies for people who can't afford to buy insurance.
--Both prohibit insurers from denying coverage to people because of pre-existing medical conditions. Both set broad rules on what must be covered, and on premiums.
--Both require most companies to offer insurance to their employees or pay a penalty.
--Both require insurers to cover dependents up to a certain age.
As governor, Romney had no problem taking credit. "Quite a day! ... You have made a huge difference, for me and for hundreds of thousands of people who will have healthier and happier lives," he wrote to a
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While it would take away a campaign issue for Romney now, he would be a whole lot more trustworthy to the public if he would just ... own ... up ... to ... his ... law.
Then he could talk honesty about the big challenge in both of these laws: cost containment.
Romneycare counted on a big boost in federal
Romney took a political risk to reach a deal with Democrats in
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