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American Spectator: RomneyCare Support 'Toxic' To Republicans

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

...Beyond being ignorant, DeMint's comments are dangerous. I've long argued that the Massachusetts health care plan is not only toxic to Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy, but it could prove toxic to the entire Republican Party. If Romney is excused for crafting and signing the Massachusetts health care plan, it significantly undermines the case against ObamaCare and weakens the effort to repeal it. The reason is that opposition to ObamaCare will start to look increasingly political and less about principle. It's true that a state mandate doesn't raise the same Constitutional questions as the federal mandate, but it still is government forcing an individual to purchase a product. These comments are especially dangerous coming from DeMint, who is known as a leading conservative and ObamaCare opponent. Let's hope it's an isolated incident and not part of a broader trend.

This program aired on March 18, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog.

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