The headline in a piece in “The Hill” reads:
DeMint won’t back Romney without repudiation of Mass. health law
The article states:
A source close to the conservative icon emphasized that despite comments to The Hill indicating that Romney shouldn’t shoulder all the political blame for the Massachusetts healthcare plan, DeMint wouldn’t endorse Romney again unless he admits the plan was mistaken.
One of the reasons I endorsed Romney is his attempts to make private health insurance available at affordable prices. He set the goal that all folks in Massachusetts would have affordable health insurance. By the time it got through the Democratic state legislature, it had all these mandates on it, requirements about what kind of policies would be bought — the same thing that happened up here — instead of getting people insured, it was a government takeover. So I applaud the goal — my goal is to have every American with a private health insurance plan that they can keep throughout their lives. And so, I still admire him for taking on the task, but I think it’s important to recognize that that’s not where we want our healthcare to go. States can compete with different plans, but we shouldn’t have anything like what they did in Massachusetts at the federal level.
This is all very interesting given that it seems that Mitt has already done what “The Hill” is saying that DeMint wants Mitt to do:
Romney also addressed the apparent conflict between his attacks on the Obama plan and the Massachusetts individual mandate he helped enact. He defended the plan as an experiment to address the specific problems of his state, not the nation as a whole. In the past, Obama has referred to Romney’s statewide mandate as a model for the national health care law.
“Our experiment wasn’t perfect — some things worked, some didn’t, and some things I’d change,” Romney said.
How mistaken does Mitt actually have to admit the plan was?