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Is Romney the Right Person to Achieve Repeal and Real Reform?

2:38 PM, Nov 4, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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In Paul Ryan’s hometown newspaper, the Janesville Gazette, Grace-Marie Turner and Tevi Troy debate whether Mitt Romney is the right person for the job of repealing Obamacare and replacing it with real reform — reform that would lower health costs without amassing power and money in Washington at the expense of Americans’ liberty.

Turner argues no. She notes that opposition to Obamacare “motivated millions of Americans to throw more than 60 Democrats out of Congress” and argues that “RomneyCare is too similar to ObamaCare for…Romney to escape this voter anger.” She writes that Romney’s approach in Massachusetts actually served as a model for Obamacare; that, contrary to what Romney has said in the debates, his law’s individual mandate “applies to everyone” in the Bay State, not merely to 8 percent of its population; and that Romney’s efforts failed to lower health costs (and in fact raised them) — which, as she notes, Romney himself has more or less admitted. For these reasons, Turner concludes that Romney “will have trouble convincing Republican voters he is serious about repeal and will have an even harder time mapping a clear plan on health reform should he be elected president.”  

Troy argues yes. A special advisor to the Romney campaign, Troy argues that Republicans should support Romney “because he has the clearest plan for undoing [Obamacare].”  He highlights Romney’s proposed day-1 Obamacare waiver, writing that it is “important” while granting that it “is not enough.”  Because “the only way to eliminate the health law is through legislation,” Troy writes, Romney would follow up that executive order with a repeal bill and would use “the reconciliation strategy [if necessary] to get such a bill though the U.S. Senate.” Troy argues that, in this way, Romney “will give governors and state legislators flexibility in the short term,” while also focusing on “the longer-term goal” of repeal. In addition, Troy writes, “Romney is determined to make fixing our health system a top priority,” and he maintains that Romney “knows from experience that what ... works in Massachusetts may not work in every one of the other 49 states.” 

The full pieces can be read here.   

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