Hotfile Pick for Daschle Replacement: Mitt Romney

February 3, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I know…it sounds crazy, but let me explain.  Romney overhauled the healthcare system in Massachusettes, basically mandating universal care for all residents in the state.  It was the first measure in the nation to provide healthcare to Americans who couldn’t get health insurance through work.  He took a lot of flack from conservatives during the process who called it a big government scheme.  Robert Laszewski, a health care consultant to business and expert in health policy told the Wall Street Journal back in July of 2008 that the Obama Health Plan was a virtual clone of the Massachusetts health law.

“With Romney on the Republican ticket, how would McCain ever be able to criticize Obama’s proposal as just another Democratic government-run tax and spend health plan?”

Critics of the plan said it could never work on a national level because most states don’t establish a pool for the uninsured.  I have no idea if that’s true or not and even if it is, I still think Romney’s the man for the job.  1. He could help bridge the partisan divide, 2. finally gets some Republicans behind a progressive healthcare plan and 3. further demonstrate Obama’s plan to work with Republicans and not against them.


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  1. Interesting and a good argument! I wanted Michael Porter either as an adviser or as Commerce Secretary as he has hinted he was interested in a position, but he didn’t even get a feeler from Obama. 😦 I also feel Chuck Hagel (current head of the Atlantic Council of the United States) and Christopher Shays would be assets as they both said they would welcome working with Obama.

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