Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, used a USA Today op-ed to once again slam President Obama’s health care law requiring individuals to have health insurance—and take a jab at fellow Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care law.
“Today's messed up medical system is a result of 40 years of government interference in the process. Regulations, inflation, tax laws, federal mandates to provide care through corporate-run HMOs, interference in providing insurance, massive subsidies, and licensing have all played a negative role in the delivery of medical care in the United States,” Paul wrote. “The idea that more government involvement in health care is the solution, especially at a time when the nation is dealing with record deficits and debt, is preposterous. And the promised effectiveness of forced mandate health care is easily disproven by looking at how such a system has worked in Massachusetts.”
While Paul didn’t mention Romney by name, he did cite a March 2010 Wall Street Journal op-ed entitled “The Failure of Romneycare.”
Click the Journal link and you’ll see another paragraph Paul would probably like to share with voters as the campaign heats up: “While it's true that the liberal Massachusetts legislature did turn Mr. Romney's plan to the left, his claims that his plan is ‘entirely different’ will not stand up to the intense scrutiny of a presidential campaign, especially a primary challenge. Mr. Romney needs to be more honest about his Massachusetts experiment and its failings.”
Indeed, when Romney, Paul, and seven other Republican presidential candidates take the stage on Thursday night in Orlando, Fla., "Romneycare" is once again likely to be a hot-button issue.