Mitt Romney Thinks He Lost the Election Because of ObamaCare

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In an
interview with Fox News this weekend, former GOP presidential
candidate Mitt Romney said that his campaign “underestimated” the
attractiveness of ObamaCare, particularly among people with lower
incomes. Given the health law’s
sagging poll numbers, it’s hard to make a strong case that
ObamaCare helped seal the deal for the president. Either way,
though, the remark tells us more about Romney ;than it does
about how ObamaCare plays with voters.
After all, Romney often seems to understand the election in
strictly transactional terms. Just a few weeks after the election,
Romney blamed his loss on President Obama’s “gifts” to the
electorate,
telling donors that “what the president’s campaign did was
focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them
extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work
very aggressively to turn them out to vote.”
More importantly, Romney has long viewed ObamaCare as basically
a good idea. He passed its state based predecessor in
Massachusetts, and he repeatedly touted it as a model for the
nation. He also chose his top campaign adviser, Stuart Stevens, in
large part because Stevens broke from other GOP consultants in
telling Romney that he didn’t need to disavow the Massachusetts
health care plan.
Indeed, it seems reasonable to suspect that Romney’s staunch
opposition to ObamaCare during the campaign was at least partially
a put-up job. Sure, Romney would have implemented an
ObamaCare-style national health law somewhat differently, but he
supported the basic concept, which provided the backbone for his
own health law.
You can imagine this frustrating Romney. When RomneyCare passed
back in 2006, a lot of folks in Massachusetts viewed it as a bid
for the presidency: Romney was going to run as the Republican who
made health care reform happen. It was going to be his signature
achievement. Instead, it turned out to be Obama’s, and Romney was
stuck in the deeply awkward position of defending the Massachusetts
overhaul while taking a hard line against the president’s. So at
this point my theory is that Romney may be a bit peeved that Obama
got to run on a sweeping health care reform and he didn’t. Or, to
put it another way, maybe Romney wanted this to be his gift and not
Obama’s. ;

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Mitt Romney Thinks He Lost the Election Because of ObamaCare

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