Mitt Romney spent two-thirds of his presidential campaign fending off allegations that he was a “flip-flopper” and that he set up the founding model for Obamacare when he was governor of Massachusetts, then went on to disparage the program that he set up himself when the GOP voting base decided they didn’t want healthcare. On Friday, however, he finally admitted that he is responsible for Obamacare—and that the system is working better than he could have imagined.
Romney wrote the Boston Globe’s obituary for his friend Tom Stemberg, the founder of Staples. Stemberg was instrumental in getting Romney involved in healthcare, telling Romney, that “if he really wanted to help, he should give everyone access to health care,” something Romney had somehow not considered before in his duties as governor. Romney acknowledges that he feels this was the right move, and that it eventually led to the Affordable Care Act in place today.
“Without Tom pushing it, I don’t think we would have had Romneycare,” Romney said. “Without Romneycare, I don’t think we would have Obamacare. So, without Tom, a lot of people wouldn’t have health insurance.”
Romney agreeing that he supports Obamacare is enough of an ideological defection to earn the immediate hatred of his party, which really goes to show just how delusional and extreme the fringes of the Republican Party have become. Romney is a perfect example of the Republican politician who has no backbone, as he later tried to backtrack on via Facebook posts, but the damage has been done to his standing among his own peers. Nevertheless, it is a shame that a healthcare program that was very acceptable to conservatives when it came from Romney but is treated like vile heresy coming from Obama has caused so much division in our society. The very fact that they can assemble arguments against extending healthcare to millions of Americans proves they are not worthy of governance in the first place.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.