The proverbial albatross around Mitt Romney’s neck is about to get a little bit heavier. The health care law dubbed “Romneycare,” which the former governor seems adamant to defend in the face of criticism by conservatives, doesn’t seem to be getting the job done at home:
BOSTON—Nearly half of Massachusetts voters are saying the state’s landmark health care law isn’t working.
That’s according to a new poll by Suffolk University and WHDH-TV which found 49 percent of respondents said they didn’t feel the 2006 law was helping. Thirty-eight percent said it was working.
Thirteen percent were undecided.
Asked if former Gov. Mitt Romney’s decision to sign the law in 2006 could help or hurt his presidential hopes, 54 percent said it would hurt while 22 percent felt it would help and another 22 percent were undecided.
Suffolk University Political Research Center Director David Paleologos said the issue could weigh down Romney.
The survey of 500 likely Massachusetts voters was conducted from April 3-5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
Why Romney continues his steadfast defense of this law is beyond me. He could just as easily admit that his “bold experiment” didn’t work out as he’d hoped considering the “painful lessons” it’s taught the state of Massachusetts.
At the center of conservative anger — and at the heart of both health care plans — is the individual mandate. Massachusetts requires all residents, with some exceptions, to carry health insurance or pay a tax penalty, and Obama’s national plan would do the same.
Both laws also require businesses, with some exceptions, to offer insurance or pay into an insurance pool. The Massachusetts plan created a health insurance “exchange” to sell policies, and the national plan also creates such exchanges.
Romenycare is a failure, as Obamacare will be, if it’s implemented. Romney’s continued defense of the Massachusetts law, in contrast with its failures, only make him look more like an political opportunist than a politician who’s trying to do what’s best for the American people.