Mitt Romney continues to be haunted by past reasonableness
Poor Mitt Romney. As governor in Massachusetts, he spearheaded one of very few successful state efforts to drastically cut the ranks of the uninsured. As a Republican presidential candidate, he’s had to swear, over and over again, that he would never attempt something similar nationally. And he’d even developed a halfway-plausible response: As a good federalist, he understands that what’s right and reasonable and constitutional for Massachusetts to do isn’t right and reasonable and constitutional for the nation as a whole.
Sadly for Romney, it turns out that he gave interviews during his 1994 Senate campaign in which he said that he supported the Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act, which included a national individual mandate. Now, the Health Equity Act was a Republican bill cosponsored by, among others, Bob Dole, Chuck Grassley and Orrin Hatch. But they’re not running for president.