Well, who didn’t see this one coming? Almost immediately after a Boston Globe obituary for Staples founder Thomas Stemberg began making the rounds due to a candid admission by former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the mendacious one immediately took to his Facebook page to ‘clarify’ his remarks. See, the architect of Romneycare, seen as the blueprint of the Affordable Care Act, actually told the truth after years of denial and pointed out that his signature achievement as Massachusetts Governor paved the way for Obamacare.
From the Globe article that ran Friday:
Romney also credited Mr. Stemberg with persuading him to push for health care reform in Massachusetts when he was governor.
Romney recalled that shortly after he was elected, Mr. Stemberg asked him why he ran for governor. Romney said he wanted to help people, and Mr. Stemberg replied that if he really wanted to help, he should give everyone access to health care, which Romney said he hadn’t really considered before.
“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.”
Of course, knowing Mitt, he couldn’t actually allow himself to tell the truth about his role in health care reform, even though everyone and their mother knows that Obamacare is just Romneycare on a national level. The fact is, Romney spent over a year while running for President telling Republican voters that he would repeal the ACA on his first day in office. He also repeatedly denied that Obamacare was anything like the health reform act he championed years earlier.
Therefore, when he let the actual truth slip through his lips, he had to go right back to the ‘Obamacare is EVIL’ well so as to let conservatives know he is one of them.
Getting people health insurance is a good thing, and that’s what Tom Stemberg fought for. I oppose Obamacare and believe it has failed. It drove up premiums, took insurance away from people who were promised otherwise, and usurped state programs. As I said in the campaign, I’d repeal it and replace it with state-crafted plans.
Good to see Mitt hasn’t lost his touch for flip-flopping.