Republicans have mainstreamed the term "ObamaCare" for health reform. Considering how much they just love saying it, it's no surprise that their aspiring White House residents are already targeting it in their burgeoning campaigns.
In advance of his Major Health Care Address® in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today, former Massachusetts Governor (that fact will be key in a bit) Mitt Romney offered a taste of his health reform haterade in this morning's USA TODAY:
Unfortunately, with the passage of ObamaCare last year, the president and the Congress took a wrong turn. ObamaCare will lead to more spending, greater federal involvement in health care and negative effects on U.S. economic activity. The president definitely forgot the admonition to "do no harm."
The first remedy for this national horror that Mr. Romney suggests is giving power to the states to determine their own plans. Of course, the dreaded "ObamaCare" already does this, as evidenced by efforts in Vermont to institute a single-payer health system. Of course, one could consider Mr. Romney one of Vermont's role models -- a fact he brushes past in his column on his way to more Republican boilerplate:
Some states might pass a plan like the one we did in Massachusetts, while others will choose an altogether different route.
It happened so fast that you might even miss it! In anticipation of just such a dodge, the Wall Street Journal (for whom, it seems, even Mr. Romney is too liberal) went on the attack last night in an op-ed, calling him "Obama's Running Mate":
More immediately for his Republican candidacy, the debate over ObamaCare and the larger entitlement state may be the central question of the 2012 election. On that question, Mr. Romney is compromised and not credible. If he does not change his message, he might as well try to knock off Joe Biden and get on the Obama ticket.
ONE MORE THING.