The Ghost of Healthcare Past Will Continue to Haunt Romney


Last night’s GOP debate was a smashing success for Mitt Romney. For once, he had been properly coached on answers to rebut Newt Gingrich. He turned the tables on the former speaker, using the same confrontational tone that Gingrich had in past debates to great success.

Given Romney’s rising poll numbers after Gingrich’s ineffectual debate performance on Monday, last night’s spectacle should be enough to cement Romney as the favorite for Tuesday’s primary in Florida. The former Massachusetts governor didn’t coast through entirely unscathed, though. Rick Santorum unleashed an aggressive attack on the topic that’s expected to cause the most trouble for Romney among primary voters: health-care reform in Massachusetts. This was the expected albatross around Romney’s campaign—not his experience at Bain.

Santorum minced no words yesterday, accusing Romney of being Obama in a richer suit. “What Governor Romney just said is that government-run, top-down medicine is working pretty well in Massachusetts and he supports it,” he said.




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14 comments on “The Ghost of Healthcare Past Will Continue to Haunt Romney
  1. minnie says:

    Romney is NOT going to be our nominee, we cannot settle just because he and his DAMON CORP were smart enough and corrupted enough to steal from our medicare millions of dollars. Romney was manager and board member of Damon Corp. guilty of medicare fraud. After the investigation settle his company was Fined 119 million dollars yes, 119 million dollars. and Romnie still profit half a million dollars for himself. I am sure romnie had to work real hard but this is not considered hard earn money. Romney makes the trial lawyers look pretty good. In Florida debate romney lied when he answered , he do not do medicare and medicaid. So what is the difference between obama and romnie they have both ripped off us Americans. We Americans know the difference between having our own private health insurance or having out group insurance from our employer verses the mandated romneycare or obamacare.

  2. minnie says:

    Which romney is running for president the medicare fraud one or the the reverend/bishop of the mormon church that told two pregnant unwed mothers that when their babies are born they should give up their babies for adoption thru his church. romnie told them if they did not give up their babies they would Not go to heaven. Romnie biggest donors are the same as obama Golman Sachs and the bailout banks . Just think the stimulas we hate so much, obamas bailout banks are now one of romnies biggest donors, using our money, if we vote for romnie obama will win even if he loses. The same way we see the union thugs controlling obama, is the way we will see obama thugs controlling romnie. We are smarter than obama or the bailout banks. We have our votes, we all need to think and think real hard. Just be silent for one minute or however long it takes you think real hard.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Aniko says:

      Bain Capital a.k.a. Mitt Romney is part of the "banksters", except they didn't get bailed out; they got their money by helping companies close and be outsourced to China! In their loan-sharking method to re-structure then take back 600% of their original investment they ruined lives and contributed to manufacturing death knoll in the USA! Mitt Romney gives a bad name to capitalism!

      I don't want regulations to curtail capitalism, but ethics, morality and especailly patriotism, is sorely lacking in "capitalists" like Mitt Romney!

  3. Rachelrao says:

    Unfortunately Americans are forgetting that Romney was Governor of MA for four years when he put Romneycare in. He has left that office over 15 years ago. Do you think it is the same as when he put it in, or do you think the Democrat governor(s) have changed it over the years? Yes, Romney needs to get out and give a good solid explanation on this issue, but to hold him accountable NOW, is ridiculous. Similarly should we hold Gingrich accountable for his violations as Speaker?
    Give some credit to Romney. And remember the Tea Party is always there to hold Romney's feet to the fire if he strays……….

  4. minnie says:

    If we vote for romnie we will never get rid of barak hussein obama , because we do not trust romney to Repeal Obamacare If you can go back when romnie said, that he will not repeal obamacare, but will give waiver to any governor of any state who request one ofr his constituents. So in other words if there is a democrat governor anywhere we all know more than likely that state will have obamacre like romneycare once it starts it is there to saty. Since he did not repeal obamacare just gave waivers the law is still there just waiting for a democrat president to enforce that law.

  5. minnie says:

    When romnie saw that no one was interested in waivers then he said he would repeal obamacare. but still stands behind his romneycare. What a hypocrite. I was trying to think of a different word but hypocrite is probably the best word to describe romnie . romnie's cold plastic face. I will definitely vote for Newt Gingrich for President of the United States.

  6. Myrtlelinder says:

    Wake up to the facts, Romney if you want to be president, with your present "ideals" you won't make it. Repent of your past damaging deeds, let people know you realize, that you made stupid decisions and regret it , don't try to defend them

    .

  7. Aniko says:

    The biggest negative of Romney is that too many people will not go to vote! He CANNOT inspire, as Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich can!

  8. John says:

    It is my hope that Mit Romney will not be our nomine, but if he is we can only hope that he has over time really changed. The Country's best bet and my choice would be none other than Newt Gingrich. The reason Newt is not liked by the old guard in the Republican Party is that when he was the Speaker in the House of Representatives is that he did not alway go along with their bad ideas. I say go Newt.

  9. Planetaryhub says:

    Newt Gingrich? Really? http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin685.h

    Newt Gingrich: Serial Hypocrisy? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

    Gingrich would be worse than Obama on Foreign Policy: http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/28/gingrich-would-….

    National Debt Grew by $1 Trillion When Gingrich was Speaker of the House: From Treasury Direct.gov:
    · In 1994, the year before Gingrich become Speaker the National Debt was $4, 693 trillion
    · In 1995, the year he become speaker the debt was $4,974 trillion
    · In 1996 the debt was $ 5,225 trillion
    · In 1997 the debt was $5,413 trillion
    · In 1998– the last year of his speakership– the debt was $5,526 trillion

    Gingrich Supported Goldwater? Newt Helped Reagan End the Cold War? Said Newt Gingrich in the Tampa Debate: “I went to a Goldwater organizing session in 1964. I met with Ronald Reagan for the first time in 1974. I worked with Jack Kemp, and Art Laffer and others to develop supply side economics in the late ’70s. I helped Governor Reagan become President Reagan. I helped pass the Reagan economic program and worked with the National Security Council on issues including the collapse of the Soviet Empire…” Said Gingrich before: On Reagan’s decision to meet with Mikhail Gorbachev, Salon’s Glenn Greenwald notes: “Newt Gingrich… denounced President Reagan’s rapprochement with Gorbachev in 1985 as potentially “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Chamberlain in 1938 at Munich.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

    Shockingly Massive Evidence That Newt Gingrich is Far From Being A Conservative! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedhttp://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/28924http://web.archive.org/web/20060822061158/http:/whttp://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/01/22/newt-gingrihttp://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/01/22/newt-gingrihttp://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/01/24/newt-gingri

    Gingrich Condemned How Reagan Ended the Cold War: Newt says he helped Reagan defeat the Soviet Union. Was that before or after he said this? Reports BBC: In 1985… Mr. Gingrich referred to a meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev as “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Chamberlain in 1938 at Munich”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-1336672

  10. Planetaryhub says:

    How Gingrich, Romney, & Obama All Promote Big Government: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

    Mitt Romney Keeps Defending the Individual Mandate: http://spectator.org/blog/2011/12/28/mitt-romney-….

    The Romney Con Exposed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedhttp://inflation.us/videos.html

    Rush Limbaugh: Romney Is Not Mr. Conservative! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

    Why Did A Former Romney Campaigner Defect to Another Candidate? http://www.revolutionpac.com/2012/01/former-romne

    Study: On Spending Cuts, Most GOP Candidates Light On Details; Who Isn't?: http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/30/study-on-spendi…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSVi45vfA6o

    Another great place for information on the candidates is The Conservative Scorecard, which is an easy-to-read description on the strength of the candidates on key conservative positions. The ratings are based on their prior statements and positions over their political careers. It can be found here: http://www.conservativescorecard.com/

  11. Planetaryhub says:

    WHAT???? Bizarre!!!! Why Did The Nephew of Rick Santorum Endorse Another GOP Candidate & Call Santorum His "Big Government Uncle Rick"? http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/03/the-trouble-wit….

    Who Is Rick Santorum? http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=48620

    National Right To Work Asks: Is Rick Santorum Really A Union Stooge? http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/is-rick-

    Club For Growth FACT CHECK Confirms Santorum A “Big-Government Conservative”! http://www.clubforgrowth.org/news/?subsec=7&ihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

    Fraud & Betrayal From Another Shocking Big Government Pretend Conservative Hypocrite Exposed: http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/06/what-a-b…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedhttp://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/04/this-won

    Liberal Rick Santorum & How He Supported Controversial, Big Government, Anti-Gun, Pro-Abortion Candidates & Helped Pass ObamaCare: http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Santorum-Haunt…. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/06/rick-sanhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/santorum…. http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/rand-pahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gwwmm-cQxU&fe…. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/02/rhttp://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/01/02/santorums-l…. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-oreilly-grills-rihttp://dailycaller.com/2012/01/07/santorum-isnt-a

    Santorum Supported Individual Healthcare Mandate (From Pennsylvania’s The Morning Callnewspaper, May 2, 1994): “Santorum and Watkins would require individuals to buy health insurance rather than forcing employers to pay for employee benefits.”

    Now Santorum Even Flip-Flops On "Audit The Fed"! http://www.revolutionpac.com/2012/01/santorum-fli

    How Gingrich, Romney, & Obama All Promote Big Government: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

  12. Pegi says:

    I'm so against Obamacare that I'm finding it hard to support Romney. His health care deal in Massachusetts is just too similar to ignore. I feel this type of forced mandate is unconstitutional.

  13. ricbee says:

    Mitt ain't fitt to sitt.