Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Senator Lindsay Graham Got Romneycare right.

H/T to Massachusetts Conservative

Senator Scott Brown won his U.S. Senate seat on several issues. Most importantly, his opposition to Obamacare.

As a Massachusetts legislator, Brown was a supporter of Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care plan. Many of his supporters (including myself) for the U.S. Senate were against Obamacare and did not want it replacing our state plan.

Like Romney and Brown, most of us felt that our plan was tailor made for Massachusetts with specific goals for our state's needs. Every state should have the right to set their own health care goals based on the specific needs of their particular state. When Obamacare was passed, it took that right away from each state.

In the following video, at that time White House Senior adviser David Axelrod wrongly points out that Romneycare and Obamacare are basically one in the same and that somehow Brown is a hypocrite for opposing Obamacare. Linsay Graham corrects this bad attempt at spin from the Obama administration:

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Noelle said...

Even if the MA plan and the federal plan were identical (and they most certainly are not), it would not change the fact that what works in Massachusetts (a relatively wealthy state with a relatively low number of uninsured), does not necessarily work in Mississippi or Kentucky.

Massachusetts Conservative said...

Thanks for posting my link Bosman. Awesome.

BOSMAN said...


You're welcome and thanks for the TIP!

Ann said...

I think if the GOP is honest, they would have to draw the same conclusion as Graham.

Massachusetts Conservative said...

Scott Brown won while essentially holding the same position as Mitt on Romneycare and both opposing Obamacare. So why is it okay for Brown to win and Mitt not to?

Maybe the people of Massachusetts know the differences!

And maybe the worst thing about Obamacare is how it was shoved down our throats!

Folks, this talking point will go a long way in the primary AND the general.

Think about it... Scott Brown is uniquely qualified to speak for Mitt's logic to the American people.

Scott could tour the nation, citing MA's oppositon to Obamacare but ardent support of Romneycare. He is a living example of how it is not hypocritical to support one and not the other.

Not impressed said...

Massachusetts Conservative,

I'm not sure that other than MA, Scott Brown is that popular.

So the fact that he supported Romneycare and won in MA only shows that MA likes him.

Revolution 2012 said...

It was Scott Brown's election that began the 2010 revolution.

Brown will always be remembered for that!

Massachusetts Conservative said...

@Not impressed

That is not the point. The point is that Scott Brown proves that you CAN support Romneycare and not Obamacare without being a hypocrite.

And it proves you CANNOT say Obamacare and Romneycare are the same, when the people LIKE Romneycare, but elected their first Republican Senator in DECADES to shoot down Obamacare.

Furthermore, Lindsey Graham seems to be at least sympathetic to Mitt's position on Romneycare, if not supportive. While many people do not care what his views are, his potential endorsement could be a good thing.

List of GOP who at one time supported mandates at the state and/or federal level or have endorsed Mitt and therefore at least accepted it:

Jim DeMint
Rick Santorum
Newt Gingrich
Lindsey Graham
Herman Cain
Tom Tancredo
Sean Hannity
Rush Limbaugh
Laura Ingraham
Mark Levin

And many others