Obamacare's Real Architect? GOP's Romney

Too bad it's political suicide for him to say so now
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2010 7:58 PM CST
Former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Though no Republicans voted for the health-reform bill that just passed the Senate, one GOP star could claim a large chunk of credit for it. The plan has many of the same features as the successful plan Mitt Romney brought to Massachusetts as governor, Timothy Egan writes—but, though Romney plugged it during the 2008 campaign, with the current bill having been totally politicized, Egan doubts he’d have the courage to stand behind it again.

“If Romney had the guts to back his convictions, he would proudly praise the Senate plan for doing most of what he urged last summer and bequeathed to his state 3 years ago,” Egan writes for the New York Times. “But as Will Rogers said, if you ever injected truth into politics, you’d have no politics.” And as Romney hits the road to plug his book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, Egan concludes, “One way to make good on that premise is to stand by his ideas on health care, now part of the defining document of a Democratic Congress in an election year.”

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