Thursday, May 12, 2011

Mitt Romney: No Apologies

Article courtesy of POLITICO:

By KASIE HUNT 5/12/11 3:09 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Mitt Romney offered no apologies and instead delivered a full-throated defense of his Massachusetts health care plan Thursday in a much-anticipated health care policy presentation at the University of Michigan.

“I recognize that a lot pundits around the nation are saying that I should just stand up and say this whole thing was a mistake, that this was a boneheaded idea, and I should just admit it: it was a mistake, and walk away. I presume that a lot of folks think that if I did that it would be good for me politically, ” Romney said as he flipped through slides of a PowerPoint presentation he prepared himself. “There’s only one problem with that: it wouldn’t be honest.”

Drawing distinctions between the plan he signed as governor of Massachusetts — which now stands as a serious obstacle to his prospective 2012 presidential candidacy — and President Obama’s sweeping national overhaul, Romney argued that the “administration fundamentally does not believe in the American experiment.”

“They fundamentally distrust free enterprise,” Romney said.

In discussing the Massachusetts system in the beginning of his presentation, he relied on arguments he’s made before to defend the individual mandate included in his state’s plan— it keeps people from taking advantage of taxpayers by receiving free care at emergency rooms.

Romney insisted there are deep philosophical differences between how he would govern and how the Obama administration has conducted business the past two years.

“I in fact did what I thought was right for the people of my state,” Romney said as an audience of students, medical professionals and reporters looked on. “And I’m going to strive to do now, what I think would be right for the people of the United States.”

Regardless of what you think of Mr. Romney, I give him kudos for not backing down from his previous actions as many in the GOP wish him to do. It's unlikely the "RomneyCare" issue is dead but his defiant stance will wins him support from those looking for someone unwilling to chance their stances just because it is politically easier..Especially considering Romney's previous changes in positions. It's good to know he is confident and firm on something.

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