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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Health Care - Romney Lost on His Own Issue!

Unfortunately, Republican spoilers are inventing reasons why Governor Mitt Romney spent an astounding amount of campaign money to lose his bid to be our American president. President Obama prevailed against enormous challenges to his leadership. A national election was held and Governor Romney was not elected.

Yet, the reason Romney had any credibility to run, as a viable political candidate, had less to do with his self proclaimed business acumen and more due to his success in creating a model health care reform law in Massachusetts, while he was governor. Romney's ability to lead on a dicey public policy issue gave him the credibility needed to claim national prominence.

"Romneycare" was the basis for the "Obamacare" health care reform Americans now have in place, being implemented, today. Somewhere along the political spectrum, Romney lost his moral compass. Rather than running against his own accomplishment in achieving health care reform, he should have embraced his leadership in raising the issue from Massachusetts up to the national level.
There are no suitable excuses to explain why Romney spent so much money to lose the presidential election. He lost because the majority of voters chose to support President Obama. This lack of confidence in Romney may have been exposed by his inability to lead the right wing Republicans or "righties" to accept what they cannot change - ie "the law". Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),[1] commonly called Obamacare[2][3] (or the federal health care law), is a United Statesfederal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.[4]

Perhaps, Governor Romney would be in a better political position today, post election, if he'd been strong enough to withstand undue pressure from right wing conservatives and stood firm to protect the law he originally created. Of course, that's not saying he would have defeated President Obama. Nonetheless, I suspect, if he had supported the US Supreme Court's Constitutional ruling on the PPACA, he would have affirmed his image as a leader. Instead, his defiance of a law, intended to help middle class people afford to pay for health care, just contributed to his image as a wealthy mogul intent on keeping his rich friends happy. 

My hope is for Governor Romney to accept President Obama's invitation to meet and discuss the issues they both care deeply about resolving to move America forward. I recall the graciousness of President George Herbert Walker Bush (41) and Mrs. Barbara Bush when they faced the election of Governor William Jefferson Clinton. No excuses.

Americans want to justly recognize all political leaders and their families who take enormous risks to engage in our democratic political process. With the 2012 election behind us, we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with our families. We are, still, one Nation Under God, Indivisible....

Governor Romney and all who voted for him should look to the future, rather than the past. In so doing, we can all move forward.

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