Thursday, March 04, 2010

One Percent, Day Eight: Guess who's a hypocrite (Hint: It rhymes with "Shmee-publican.")

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Republicans are lining up to be against health care reform (making them, what, pro-not-taking-care-of-people?) but they're forgetting that one of their own high-profile would-be leaders is not only pro-health-care reform but actually enacted a plan virtually identical to what's now being considered.

That person is Mitt Romney, who, when not giving out free copies of his book to free thinking bad writers, also championed a government program that has been described as "Obama Care Minus The Public Option."

"RomneyCare" included impositions of limits on insurance companies (hey, how's that free market working, Mitt?), including a requirement of providing certain minimum benefits, limiting the out-of-pocket costs the insured would have to pay (seriously, free market, right?), and prohibiting denials of benefits for pre-existing conditions.

In fact, RomneyCare even prohibited insurers from asking about health status to determine coverage. Mitt Romney, champion of the free market, prohibited private businesses from obtaining information in order to make business decisions.

How's RomneyCare working out? CNN said that 3 years after it passed, Massachusetts has "near-universal coverage," with 7 in 10 people supporting the program and only 1 in 10 wanting to repeal it.

(Presumably, that 1 in 10 was a Shmee-Publican who realized that politically speaking, the existence of an already-working Obamacare is not good for the GOP Insurance-Bought Child Killers.)

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