Marc Ambinder praises Mitt Romney for finally engaging with his record on health care:
At long last, Romney defended and touted and bragged about the singular political and policy accomplishment of his tenure as Massachusetts governor: the health care system reform that provides every resident there with insurance. Watching him at other debates, it was easy to get the sense that he wasn’t sure how to integrate his Massachusetts experience into his campaign narrative. The plan itself was written with the help of Heritage Foundation experts but it did not, in the end, comport with every conservative principle.But it stands out as an prime example — perhaps the ultimate example — of conservative governance. Romney worked hard at health care in Massachusetts; he worked with Democrats; he worked with Republicans; he wound up with a novel program that, while not perfect and not transferable to other states, stands out as a real accomplishment. Romney calls himself an executive and a manager; with health care, he executed and managed in real time.
Sounds intriguing. I was interested to learn more about Romney’s plans for health care reform. So I clicked over to the Romney health care issues page where I learned that “The health of our nation can be improved by extending health insurance to all Americans, not through a government program or new taxes, but through market reforms.” And that’s it. Absolutely no further explanation or elaboration.
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