Today marks the anniversary of Romneycare, the Massachusetts health care plan created by then Gov. Romney, which includes an individual mandate that Obamacare was modeled after.
Just how much can Romney win on fighting Obamacare? It seems like a tough road regardless of which way the Supreme Court rules in June. For health care advocates, a Romney versus Obama general election fight is a huge win for health care because both party’s nominees have passed similar legislation, including the mandate.
On the other hand, if the Supreme Court strikes the mandate or even the entire law, it would be a major setback for health care reform and the millions of Americans who currently benefit from the new provisions. A Supreme Court rejection of the mandate, however, would also mean that a major arrow is taken from Romney’s quiver. It is hard to campaign on repealing health care reform if the Supreme Court pulls that rug away. Team Romney would have to come up with much more substantial policy ideas than what the public has heard so far, and not appear to back away from his Massachusetts plan.
For those of you who like to follow this topic, here are some good reads to keep up with. This WaPo article
suggests a change of strategy for Romney that includes finding a better response to explaining the similarities between Romneycare and Obamacare. And we do mean a response better than whining that Obamacare legislation is almost 3000 pages long.
Another recent WaPo article
suggests that the distancing of the Obama Administration from its health care accomplishments may be as risky as taking embracing them. The more people learn about the benefits of the law, the more likely they support it. Interesting to note that the White House has even appropriated the term Obamacare after two years of avoiding a term used derisively by its opponents.
Finally, for those of who like a good wonky health care article, or like to bookmark fact-filled reads to reference later, check out
Jeanne Lambrew’s White House blog post that takes down the wrongful and inaccurate claims that the Affordable Care Act raises the deficit.
Via Darden Rice, Communications Director for Progress Florida’s Know Your Care, Protect Your Care Campaign.