Business Insider reports,
The health-care law, colloquially dubbed “Romneycare,” shows empathy, Romney told NBC in an interview. But it’s a move that also has the potential to ignite fury from conservatives who consider it his main weakness against President Barack Obama.
“I think throughout this campaign as well, we talked about my record in Massachusetts, don’t forget — I got everybody in my state insured,” Romney told NBC’s Ron Allen. “One hundred percent of the kids in our state had health insurance. I don’t think there’s anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record.”
Early last month, Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul touted Romneycare in an interview that otherwise slammed an Obama campaign ad. It prompted some prominent conservatives — Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter among them — to say that it could have been the moment Romney lost the election.
The story was seconded by Businessweek, which adds the predictable pounce from the Left:
“Don’t forget — I got everybody in my state insured,” Romney said in the interview conducted before a rally in Toledo, the last of three he held in Ohio yesterday. . . .
At the rally, Romney then repeated his vow to repeal the national health-care law if he wins the White House, terming the measure “exhibit No. 1 of the president’s political philosophy, and that is that government knows better than people how to run their lives.”
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said that while Romney was “working overtime to rehabilitate his image after being caught writing off half of all Americans to a room of high-dollar donors,” his effort fell short.
In a statement, she said that while Romney “held up the Massachusetts health care law as evidence of his empathy for people, minutes later he promised to repeal Obamacare, which is modeled after his own law.” That’s “not empathetic,” she said.
So when the government runs peoples lives and there’s a Democrat in control, it’s time to condemn the “philosophy” that says government knows better how to run your life than you do. But when there’s a Republican in control, it’s time for government to mandate health care for every single person, and it’s called “empathy.”
Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ, and Obama himself couldn’t say it any better.