Today, hearing that the Supreme Court upheld (most of) the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, Mitt Romney has made it clear that repealing Obamacare will be a centerpiece of his campaign:
“This is a time of choice for the American people. If we’re going to get rid of Obamacare we’re going to have to replace President Obama. My mission is to make sure we do exactly that.”
That’s what Romney said, and the media has been backing up that idea – they say that in some ways, the verdict is good for Romney, because he now has an issue that he can use to differentiate himself from Obama, a reason he can use to attract votes and donations.
But there’s one problem – it’s a shitty position to defend. Imagine if you’re Obama in a debate with Romney. Romney is asked the inevitable question:
“Mr. Romney, you have said that you want to repeal the healthcare reform bill. Do you plan to replace it, and if so how?”
And Romney gives some answer about how the individual mandate is bad, how he has some plan (which he hasn’t discussed yet, but is probably working on now) that may be better, etc.
Then it’s your turn. How do you respond? Here’s a few options:
“Passing healthcare reform took over a year of debate, negotiation, and compromise, after many people said reforming healthcare just couldn’t be done. Now my opponent says that he wants to throw all that out as if it were a waste of time and start all over?”
“Fact is, before this thing was called “Obamacare”, my opponent was one of the major driving forces for the individual mandate he now opposes. It’s just another example of how he will say anything to get elected.”
“The healthcare reform that I signed into law helped many Americas with preexisting conditions find affordable care that they could not find before. I will yield the remainder of my time to my opponent so he can explain what will happen to those people if he is successful in repealing the laws that protect them.”
Or, of course, all of the above.
Disaster. Coming this fall.