Romneycare

Standing By Santorum

It’s unfathomable that just two years after Nancy Pelosi and the liberal progressives in D.C. rammed Obamacare down our throats in spite of widespread public opposition, that the Republican party is poised to nominate a Northeastern liberal who imposed a state-level version of this onerous legislation in Massachusetts. As if that isn’t bad enough, “Romneycare” as it is commonly known, provided the blueprint for Obamacare and even shared the same adviser, Jonathan Gruber.

So how did that healthcare “hope and change” work out for Massachusetts? Here’s an excerpt from a piece Adam Wetmiller, an insurance professional, wrote for The Conservative Diva, detailing his conversation with a Massachusetts resident whose wife suffers from MS:

Mr. Romney, let me tell you a story I heard a few months back…

As I was making my calls at work, I came across a gentleman from your state. He was a rough sounding Massachusetts native that sounded like the type of person that I wouldn’t want to meet in a back ally. As I looked at the gentleman’s stats on my computer screen, I noticed that he is 6 foot 4, 280 pounds. When he realized the person on the other line was a health insurance agent looking to help him he instantly softened up. He began to tell me his story.

“My wife has Multiple Sclerosis. She has been in the relapsing-remitting phase for quite some time. Adam, the problem that I am having is that the damned state of Massachusetts has created a monopoly on the insurance market. Nobody wants to do business in our state because all of the county hospitals wont give the insurance companies the normal negotiated rate that they used to give.”
I responded that Massachusetts was the hardest state for me to help people find coverage in but I never fully understood why.

He went on, “Adam, it’s because the local county hospitals will not give the normal PPO discount to any insurance company other than the state insurance company. The way the woman at the hospital explained it to me is that they do that so they don’t lose their state funding. This is my problem. The best insurance that I can afford for my wife has a $5000 deductable. The problem with that, Adam, is that she is in the hospital every year with her MS, so I’m paying out the $5000 deductable every year on top of her monthly premium, on top of the $600 a year fine that I take because I can’t afford insurance for myself.”
He now starts crying. “I think that we are going to end up having to get divorced.”
Shocked by his solution, I asked “why!?”

He fiercely replied, “Because people who don’t work get better insurance coverage than my wife does with the coverage I pay for! My tax dollars are being used to pay for insurance for people who don’t work or pay taxes, while we are sitting here struggling to get by with far worse! And for me…no coverage at all. If my wife and I divorce, she will be able to qualify for the free health care.”

At this point I am literally in tears. My significant other also has MS. She has been blessed that it hasn’t affected her as intensely as some, however, I do know how it feels to be in this man’s position.
After desperately attempting to figure out a way to get her insured, I realized that the plans I could get her approved for are not available in Massachusetts because they do not meet RomneyCare requirements. I explain to him that his only option is to try and get a job that provides group benefits and that they will have to accept her no matter what.

He responds exasperated, “Adam I had group coverage before this a**hole Romney came in here thinking he was the Prince of ****ing Persia. Premiums increased so much that my boss could no longer keep us covered.”

As I noted the other day while watching the Road To Repeal rally, we simply cannot afford to cede this issue in the general election for economic, moral and Constitutional reasons. How can Mitt Romney credibly challenge Barack Obama on individual mandates and Nanny State government, when he himself imposed the same thing at the state level? Does anyone really trust him to repeal this legislation? I sure don’t.

And although today many are criticizing Rick Santorum for “losing his cool” with a New York Times reporter, I’m with Pundette in applauding his righteous anger:

The Romney campaign has called Santorum “desperate and angry and unhinged.” If only more Americans were so ticked off about Obamacare, or at the distortions they’re daily fed by the liberal media. Santorum, in a campaign email, isn’t apologizing for his anger:

Like so many in our country, I’m very upset about Obamacare! And I can assure you that I will passionately fight everyday until it is repealed.

With its big government mandates, Obamacare is nothing short of a direct assault on our Constitution, and an insult to every freedom loving American. And if it is not repealed, it will have fundamentally changed our country forever, and will lead to even more erosion of the basic freedoms and rights we have cherished since the birth of our nation.

Romneycare Equals Obamacare.

Maybe the most tragic part of all is that a member of our own party, Mitt Romney, is considered the architect of Obamacare. As Romney’s own advisors have admitted, Romneycare is the blueprint for Obamacare. And today Obama’s political strategist went as far as to call Romney the “Godfather” of Obamacare.

In my book, that disqualifies Romney from being our nominee. Not only does it show Romney a proponent of the type of freedom killing legislation most in our party abhor, it completely takes off the table one of the most potent issues we have to defeat Obama.

I’m Ready to Take On the New York Times.

Earlier today, while campaigning in Wisconsin, I criticized Romney and Obama for their outrageous healthcare legislation. Predictably, I was aggressively attacked by a New York Times reporter all too ready to defend the two of them, and all too ready to distort my words. Let me assure you, I didn’t back down, and I didn’t let him bully me. I think it is high time that conservatives find the courage to expose the liberal press for what they are, a defender and enabler of Romney’s and Obama’s liberal agendas.

It’s refreshing to watch a GOP candidate for President express the outrage so many of us are currently feeling, instead of promising to run a “civil” campaign. Remember when uber-moderate “maverick” John McCain condescendingly dismissed the valid concerns of a woman on the 2008 campaign trail, claiming she had nothing to fear from Barack Obama? Turns out, that woman was absolutely right. Our freedoms are being stripped away, our national security is at grave risk and religious liberty is under assault.

And yet, the Cocktail Party set and squishy “moderates” within the GOP insist on challenging the Alinsky disciple currently occupying the White House with another unprincipled politician whose only conviction appears to be winning a presidential election. In spite of his many shortcomings, our moral superiors in the party who dismiss Romney opponents as “uninformed”, “ignorant” and “extreme” — as if upholding the United States Constitutional and its principles of limited government and opposing ever-expanding and intrusive government is somehow radical — insist Mr. Romney is “Mr. Electable”.

I beg to differ. And not just on the Obamacare issue, although it’s of paramount importance. As Michelle Malkin noted this past January in her endorsement of Rick Santorum:

Rick Santorum opposed TARP.

He didn’t cave when Chicken Littles in Washington invoked a manufactured crisis in 2008. He didn’t follow the pro-bailout GOP crowd — including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — and he didn’t have to obfuscate or rationalize his position then or now, like Rick Perry and Herman Cain did. He also opposed the auto bailout, Freddie and Fannie bailout, and porkulus bills.

Santorum opposed individual health care mandates — clearly and forcefully — as far back as his 1994 U.S. Senate run. He has launched the most cogent, forceful fusillade against both Romney and Gingrich for their muddied, pro-individual health care mandate waters.
He voted against cap and trade in 2003, voted yes to drilling in ANWR, and unlike Romney and Gingrich, Santorum has never dabbled with eco-radicals like John Holdren, Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi. He hasn’t written any “Contracts with the Earth.”

Santorum is strong on border security, national security, and defense. Mitt the Flip-Flopper and Open Borders-Pandering Newt have been far less trustworthy on immigration enforcement.
Santorum is an eloquent spokesperson for the culture of life. He has been savaged and ridiculed by leftist elites for upholding traditional family values — not just in word, but in deed.

Yet moderate GOP (and sadly enough some grassroots conservatives) primary voters have joined the “tar and feather Rick as a social conservative exclusively and/or religious theocrat who wants to dictate morality” bandwagon. Thus, if you post videos of Romney himself proclaiming he was an “independent” during the Reagan-Bush years, or touting his progressivism, or flip-flopping on a multitude of issues depending on the crowd he was addressing at the time, or Cato’s Institute’s factual comparison of Romneycare and Obamacare, you’re attacked for somehow aiding the DNC and Obama in their efforts to defeat Romney in a general election.

What a joke! As if they needed help from a little ol’ conservative activist like me. There’s a reason they are dying to see Romney get the nomination, and it’s because the man himself provides the fodder with which to derail his presidential ambitions in 2012. Should the GOP be feckless enough to nominate him, we'[ll be treated to many more videos like these:

You can blame the messenger all you want Romney supporters but the fact is, the man’s own record and rhetoric will spell the demise of his presidential campaign. There’s no good reason for conservatives to trust Mr. Etch-A-Sketch, and I wouldn’t count on the fear of an Obama second-term ensuring turnout in November. I may grudgingly hold my nose and vote for him, but I suspect many others will either write in a candidate or not vote for president at all — though I hope they’ll get to the polls to vote in staunch conservatives in the House and Senate, which is absolutely crucial.

Funny how none of his supporters who are so quick to remind us about Santorum’s double-digit defeat in 2006 — a terrible year for Republicans — never explain why Mitt lost so handily in 1994, a banner year for Republicans. Or why he didn’t run for a second term as Massachusetts Governor because his poll numbers were so low.

By the way, if you’re interested in getting the actual facts about Rick Santorum, I highly recommend the Lisa Graas website, where she debunks claims against Rick.

So it appears likely the GOP will once again prove that in a general election between a Dem and a Dem-Lite, voters will always choose the authentic Democrat, affirming once again they would rather lose with a moderate than win with a conservative.

Aside from Obamacare and his flip-flops, the Obama-phile media will engage in an all-out class warfare assault aimed at Reagan Democrats wherein Mitt Romney will be characterized as the stereotypical “greedy”, “Wall St.” Republican who is a proud member of the 1%. Don’t get me wrong — I am not condoning this tactic, nor do I begrudge Mr. Romney his success. I am merely predicting the onslaught we’re likely to experience should the 2012 Election come down to Romney vs. Obama.

Aside from being the better candidate policy-wise, Santorum also has the “everyman” appeal needed to win over this critical voting bloc. Romney, as I noted back in 2008 when I attended one of his rallies, is canned, plastic and demonstrably uncomfortable around everyday voters. He’s sorely lacking in the retail-politicking skills that come much more naturally to Rick Santorum. All of these things will matter in the general election, especially with a sycophantic mainstream media all too willing and eager to do Obama’s bidding. Let’s not make their job that much easier by nominating Mitt Romney.

Do I want Obama gone? Absolutely. And it’s for that very reason I oppose a Romney nomination.

UPDATE: Must-read post from Adrienne at Conservatives4Palin on Candidate Etch-A-Sketch

UPDATE II: Stacy McCain asks Roll Over for Romney?, while reminding us of Fox’s News Channel’s obvious and disgusting pro-Romney bias, this time as it pertains to Santorum’s blowout Louisiana victory Saturday night.

Speaking of which, Judge Jeanine has lost my respect, too. I rarely even watch Fox anymore since it’s descent into partisan establishment GOP depravity, but the other night the TV was on in the background when she interviewed pro-life statist Romney-hater-turned-Romney-shill Mike Huckabee, and proceeded to tear Rick to shreds over his statement that on the Obamacare issue, Romney doesn’t have a leg to stand on against Obama — thus voters might decide there’s not enough of a contrast there to justify a vote for Mitt. Nothing unusual there, given their tradition of Romney cheerleading throughout this primary campaign, but what actually did stun me was her take-down of this very effective Santorum ad, Obamaville:

While the Judge and her willing accomplice Mike Huckabee derided the ad as “weird”, I wonder what their reaction would have been had the Romney campaign created it? Alas, since Mitt only spends his money attacking his primary opponents, this question will inevitably remain rhetorical.

UPDATE III: Linked by Stacy McCain. Thank you so much!

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4 thoughts on “Standing By Santorum

  1. Given Santorum’s support for various bailouts during his tenure in Congress, it’s certainly not unfathomable that while he opposed TARP legislation after he was voted out of office, if he had been in the Senate at the time he would’ve supported it.

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