Some of you may have seen the crushing editorial about Romneycare in yesterday’s WSJ.
A writer in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had his own perspective, comparing it to the solution of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels:
Grace-Marie Turner has a devastating piece in today’s Wall Street Journal about the failure of the health-reform plan that Mitt Romney installed while governor of Massachusetts. Describing health reform as “the defining political battle of our time,” Turner goes on to enumerate the ways in which RomneyCare has failed.
If the states are supposed to serve as policy laboratories, RomneyCare is an experiment we should never replicate on the national level. And as it happens, there is an actual conservative health reform experiment conducted by another potential 2012 hopeful.
One of the challengers Mr. Romney could face in 2012 is Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana. Mr. Daniels went in a very different direction in tackling the problem of the uninsured. He created a program targeted to lower-income uninsured people who weren’t eligible for Medicaid or employer insurance. Mr. Daniels’s Healthy Indiana program has a fixed budget and relies on shared responsibility between the newly insured and the government in managing health spending.
Romney is a sheep in wolf’s clothing. One that has way too many conservatives fooled for my taste.
You want an intellectual conservative? Look at Mitch Daniels.