Romney Would Reform, Not Repeal, ObamaCare
His record in Massachusetts is a good indicator: Eric Convey
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2012 1:21 PM CDT
Mitt Romney talks about his plan for creating jobs and improving the economy during a speech in Las Vegas last week.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

(Newser) – It seems as if Mitt Romney's tenures at Bain and the Olympics get more scrutiny than his governorship in Massachusetts, writes Eric Convey in the Wall Street Journal. Which is a shame, because his "practical, businessman's approach to governing" in the state probably provides a good guide as to how he'd operate as president. And it gives Convey the confidence to predict that "Romney will try to reform ObamaCare (rather) than make good on his vow to repeal it."

Romney's own health care reform in Massachusetts wasn't an ideological issue for him, writes Convey. The governor viewed the fact that not enough people were buying insurance as a business problem, one that was hurting hospitals as well as the state. He consulted with the private sector and crafted his plan, one he refuses to disavow to this day. He "seems not to have entirely given up the belief that getting people to buy health insurance is a fundamental financial necessity," writes Convey. Read his full column here. (Romney himself acknowledged over the weekend that he likes parts of ObamaCare.)