Mitt isn’t flip-flopping on health care, he’s actually gone in a complete circle, back to where he began when he first considered Romneycare. His rationale for Romneycare was that uninsured people were able to go to the emergency room and that the rest of us ended up paying for that. He supported the individual mandate as imposing “personal responsibility”.
But now that he hates the mandate because it is part of Obamacare, Mitt thinks the solution is to return to the days of the uninsured going to the emergency room for free. He told 60 Minutes, “Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance. If someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care.”
So what seemed like the problem when he was governor of MA now seems like the solution when he’s the GOP nominee.
Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who worked on both Romneycare and Obamacare, told Talking Points Memo,* “The guy has come completely full circle. The whole idea of Romneycare was to avoid this kind of free riding.”
* “Romney Solidifies Major Shift on Health Care,” Sahil Kapur