Mitt Romney didn’t help Scott Brown win by campaigning for him, Timothy Noah writes, but by giving Massachusetts universal health care four years ago. Sure, the senator-elect and the former governor railed against Obamacare as a “one size fits all” health reform plan, but they were being disingenuous. The real issue, which Brown campaigned on, is that the state already has an even-more-liberal plan, which voters like, so why should they support a national version?
We “don't need it,” Brown said on the trail. “Why are we subsidizing, why would we pay more, for something we already have?” A healthy majority continues to support Romney’s invention, Noah writes on Slate, and supported Brown not as a signal of their frustration with reform in general, but out of the “parochial spirit” of the fortunate. “Bay Staters saw no reason to vote for health care reform because they already had health care reform. Without Romney, that calculation wouldn't have been possible.”