Let us start this conversation with some painful truth; Romney’s father envy drives him to achieve the one thing that eluded Romney senior, a truly self-made-man, that is the presidency of the United States. Mitt Romney is not a self-made-man. He is a product of his father’s largess, and knowing this to be true haunts Mitt obsessively. Mitt Romney’s painful obsession can only be ameliorated by achieving the one thing that eluded his father; being elected by the voters of America to be president.
I want to view this obsession primarily through the national healthcare law, but I cannot ignore other bizarre behavior that gives credence to this argument. Romney is so desperate to achieve his goal that he has shown a willingness to destroy his personal integrity to the point that his integrity has become a national joke. Romney believes in only one thing; the need to be free of his father’s superiority. It is an unachievable goal. Romney senior, besides being a self-made-man, had incredible integrity and empathy. The son’s willingness to abandon these virtues that guided both of his parents leaves him without a moral anchor; to drift aimlessly on the sea of righteous conviction.
Obama’s healthcare law was modeled after Romney’s Massachusetts healthcare law. Romney spoke eloquently about the importance of the mandate, and that had flashes of virtuous integrity if viewed from a stand-alone-perspective. That was not the reality. When that plan was being proffered; the politics of the time suggested that it would be a positive achievement for a presidential run.
The political winds shifted drastically regarding healthcare. Republican policy had shifted. Driven by the financial collapse a new paradigm was taking shape; government supported programs were the primary cause of America’s distress. They needed to be eliminated at all cost. Very wealthy Republicans, knowing that America’s financial pain required someone to blame, quickly embraced the needy as the scapegoat and poured tons of money into the project.
Romney’s signature achievement was now a Republican pariah. Romney’s father and mother would never have disavowed their son’s achievement if they had still been living. Mitt Romney did it himself. Sadly for him, winning the presidency was worth more than his own integrity and the values espoused by his parents, who had given him everything.
Now for the healthcare debate itself. No one is against the idea of everyone receiving healthcare with a few exceptions. There are groups of human beings so filled with hatred for our black president, that if the healthcare was absolutely free; they would oppose it. So, for purposes of rational discussion, I will ignore them.
One size does not fit all is a Republican political argument, but does it have merit? Medical care for human beings is the same all over the world. The teaching hospitals all teach the same medical disciplines. If we can agree; that accurately reflects medicine, than we must conclude there are other factors involved. The two that come to mind are disparate costs among states, and politics that exist among these same states.
The plan as outlined would pay 100% of the cost the first year, and approximately 80/90% of the cost after that. To capture this fact in its proper financial perspective, we must remove it from the political influence so that we may better assess the financial reality.
If the readers of this article turned a page in their newspaper and read the following; an around the world cruise for free the first year, and thereafter reduced by 80/to 90% the second and third years; how many would jump at it? I believe close to everyone.
Now the same ad with a political slant; your acceptance of this bargain will require that Barrack Obama, who is making this cruise possible, be elected to a second term. Anyone that just paused is not doing justice to the healthcare legislation!