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The Boston Globe: When In Doubt, Make Things Up

Thursday, April 6, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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The Boston Globe has a piece analyzing the politics of the Romney Health Care Plan.

It is an interesting piece that reveals, surprise, The Cato Institute and Grover don’t like the fact that the plan imposes fees on employers not paying health inusrance premiums for their employees.

This may or may not be an issue with some GOP primary voters, but there is a vast difference between seeking to correct the negative externalities of the uninsured upon all taxpayers via a fee that prompts insurance availability, and a borad-based tax to support Canadian style health care.

The fact is that everyone pays through their premiums for the uninsured. The Romney plan does not mandate that employers offer coverage but it does oblige employers to help pay for the cost of the uninsured that all taxpayers are paying for and which their lack of insurance availability is contributing to. The fee is high, but the cost of the uninsured on the economy of Massachusetts much higher.

That’s the polic wonk stuff. At the level of politics, the Romney Plan is a big win because it is an actual accomplishment as opposed to a promise. It is an experiment underway, as opposed to a hoped-for program innovation down the road. The Governor is trying something, not just talking about trying something.

Contrast that with the posts below that focus on the do-little-or-nothing Senate.

Because I wrote approvingly of the plan yesterday, the Globe finds a way to toss me into the piece:

Other conservative groups and commentators have come out in support of the plan. The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. helped write part of the bill, and syndicated radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, who is close to Romney, said on his website: ”The Romney campaign just took a big jump forward.”

This is amusing. I have met the governor twice, once at a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis honoring his brother-in-law, who is a friend of mine, and once on a west coast swing where he was meeting with journalists along the way.

I am favorably impressed with him, as I am with George Allen and Bill Frist and a host of other potential presidential candidates, but if I am “close” to Mitt Romney then I’m even closer to James Carville, and Harry Reid is joined to Jack Abramoff’s hip. What foolishness. The Globe should be able to simply report and not mix in ill-informed opinion.

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