Holy crap! These health care questions are so substantive and well-informed … it’s bizarre. They even put an expert on who briefly-but-accurately explained the problem with the conservative fetish for individualized health care. Rudy Giuliani’s response was, basically, to say “socialism” a lot. John McCain appears to be suggesting that we can’t provide people with health insurance because when people get insurance from the government they’re lazy and deliberately contract diabetes. McCain also seems to think that Canada is in Europe.
Romney, by contrast, talks about the plan he signed in Massachusetts and its virtues. Then he turns around and says “we don’t need Hillarycare” even though Clinton’s plan is, fundamentally, pretty similar to what Romney signed in Massachusetts. It’s a little sad to see Romney refusing to characterize his own record accurately when, at the end of the day, the record reflects pretty well on him.
UPDATE: Now Romney’s explicitly going in to the case for health care mandates. Good for him. He seems to have decided to be a bit less fake.