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.
Therein lies the fundamental question for us: are we a nation of individuals free to choose, or are we merely cogs in the great Leviathan state that Obama and his minions are attempting to build?
Mitt Romney apparently has no problem with mandating that individuals buy a particular good or service, in this instance, health insurance. Romney will likely argue that it’s in the details that ObamaCare is bad, not in its philosophy of government. In this regard, RomneyCare in Massachusetts is a philosophical twin brother, an exercise in the state’s exercise of power over its formerly free citizens.
Mitt Romney, were he to repudiate RomneyCare, admit that it was a bad move, admit that he made a mistake, claim that he now sees the light, might go on to be a good candidate and president. But, as it stands now, RomneyCare is a rather heavy albatross around Mitt’s neck. One that should doom his candidacy.