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Given their back-and-forth in last night's debate, I wonder how long it'll take Rick Perry to trot out this video of Mitt Romney from December 15, 2007:

ROMNEY: I happen to like what we did. I think it's a good model for other states. Maybe not every state, but most. And so what I'd do at the federal level is give to every state the same kind of flexibility we got from the federal government, as well as some carrots and sticks to actually get all their citizens insured. And I think a lot of states will choose what we did. I wouldn't tell them they have to do our plan. Governor Schwarzenegger, for instance, in California, has his own healthcare plan. He's going about it in a different way. I like mine better than his; he likes his better than mine.

RUSSERT: So if a state chose a mandate, it wouldn't bother you?

ROMNEY: I think it's a terrific idea. I think you're going to find, when it's all said and done, after all these states that are laboratories of democracy get their chance to try their own plans, that those who follow the path that we pursued will find it's the best path, and we'll end up with a nation that's taken a mandate approach.

Obviously, Romney was careful to cover his butt by saying that states should be allowed to take a different approach, but in his own words, he not only thought the individual mandate model would be best for most states, he also thought that we'd end up with an nation that's taken the mandate approach.

And you know what, he was right. With the health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama, that's exactly what we've done. And just like Romney said he wanted, the law sets up a waiver process that allows states to pursue different approaches if they can come up with a better model. President Obama favors allowing the waiver process to begin in 2014 instead of 2017, but Republicans are so fixated on repeal that they won't consider anything to make the law even better.

Whether the waiver process becomes available in 2014 or 2017, the basic contours of the health care reform bill reflect what Mitt Romney had said he wanted to see happen. But now that it's become unpopular within the Republican Party, Mitt Romney has changed his mind and says the whole thing ought to be repealed. And the obvious lesson from that is that you can't believe a single thing Mitt Romney says.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 08:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Let us not forget that Mitt stands by his (13+ / 0-)

    book, except for the parts he changed in the paperback edition to make them more Tea Party friendly.

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    by blue aardvark on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:03:58 AM PDT

  •  It's called a 'naked pander'. (8+ / 0-)

    Barack Obama in the Oval Office: There's a black man who knows his place.

    by Greasy Grant on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:04:03 AM PDT

  •  Mitt was for his health care policy before (7+ / 0-)

    he was against it.

    He does that.  A lot.

  •  So it's a state issue? (3+ / 0-)
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    I guess Mitt Romney wants to repeal Medicare then.

    You can't say health care is a state issue and be for Medicare, Mitt.

  •  Pro-choice, anti-choice, multiple choice. (6+ / 0-)

    Paraphrase Sen Ted Kennedy

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. John Kenneth Galbraith

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    •  You're missing an important point, (1+ / 0-)
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      which is that if private carriers cannot reject applicants for preexisting conditions, you must also have a mandate that each person obtain insurance... otherwise you have a problem with adverse selection.

      Barack Obama in the Oval Office: There's a black man who knows his place.

      by Greasy Grant on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:30:54 AM PDT

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  •  Liars on the left, liars on the right. Sigh, (3+ / 0-)
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    what's a god-lovin', socialism-hatin', gun-totin' TeaPartyRepublican to do?  Seems it's a choice between the "leftist" Romney and the Social-Security hatin' Perry.  Such a dilemma!

    Got Social Security? Thank a Democrat!

    by Fury on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:12:12 AM PDT

  •  I'm sure the Perry campaign will find this video (3+ / 0-)
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    helpful lol.

  •  "I'm not Me .... I'm You" - ROmney 2012 (4+ / 0-)
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    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:17:27 AM PDT

  •  I've seen another video clip of the Mittster (3+ / 0-)
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    explaining and defending the mandate plan....   an issue of personal responsibility he said.

    As a matter of fact he was very convincing and seemed..  dare I say passianate? about it.

    So as A Mass Resident who really dislikes Romney, I do know he isnt stupid  and probaly looked at the issue and saw mandates where one form of reasonabale solution to the problem.

    It makes his obvious untruthfullness  so much more infuriationg.

  •  Even Romney knows Romney/Obama-Care is good... (5+ / 0-)

    and it is somewhere between sad and sickening to see Romney and his fellow candidates bash - and promise to get rid of - the only chance our country has of joining the rest of the civilized world with affordable, accessible health-care for all.

    It is telling that NONE of the candidates has offered even an outline of a plan to replace ACA.

    Nope - the health insurance companies are making monster profits by cherry-picking customers and dropping the ones who get sick..... why change anything?

    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:22:36 AM PDT

    •  Aside from being infuriating in his flip-flopping, (0+ / 0-)

      I'm finding myself fascinated by Romney.  Like a bad car wreck...you don't want to watch but you can't look away! He's obviously not a republican in the sense that the republican party is now the TeaParty. But WTF is he?  Seems much more like a conservative Dem to me but maybe that's because the TeaPartyRepublicans are just so crazy in comparison. OTOH, since it seems he has few rock solid political principles, what does he really believe?  I'm trying to figure it out. At times I see him resisting going full Teabagger but is that due to principal or pre-meditated political strategy (afraid of sound bites coming back to bite him in the general)?  He's the least scary of the bunch, but still plenty scary in that he doesn't seem to really believe in anything and that's the worst kind of politician of all.

      Got Social Security? Thank a Democrat!

      by Fury on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:34:18 AM PDT

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      •  He's a Ken doll. Empty suit. (2+ / 0-)
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        Honestly don't think even he remembers what he really believes..he wants to be President, he knows that for sure.  
        What's it like to walk around with no inner core?  He'll say whatever he's programmed to say.

      •  I think poor Mitt is confused! (2+ / 0-)
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        He's always been - to me - a mostly main-stream, business- oriented, middle-of-the-road generic Republican.

        And I don't think he really understands the whole tea-bagging thing.... they're trying to pull all the candidates - and the whole country - off the right-edge cliff of their bat-shit-crazy moronity (hey, I'm trying desperately to be nice here, even inventing words!).

        Mitt often looks like a deer in the headlights, not sure whether to follow the clarion call (what the hell is a 'clarion', anyway?) from the tea-baggers.... wanting to, but knowing that running to the right might get him the nomination, it will poison him in the general election.

        Gee, I can't wait for Perry - as he gets more and more desperate - to hit poor Mittster on his magic underpants (Mormon).

        Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

        by databob on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:55:41 AM PDT

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  •  Pointing out that ACA and "Romneycare" (1+ / 0-)
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    are so close isn't a good way to differentiate the President from Mitt. Attacking Mitt this way only creates the impression of similarity and sameness between the two parties' candidates. Of course, in this particular case the impression is correct, but it seems silly and a tactical error to highlight an area of similarity between the President and his potential Republican opponent if a key campaign strategy is "Vote Obama, because at least he's not a Republican."

  •  I'm Mitt Romney and I approve this msg...sort of.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Unless you don't. In which case, I hate it. Un-American. Greatest threat to the Republic since Tojo. Wait, you're not pro-Tojo, are you? Cuz, I totall could be. I could be a stone cold Tojo lover. Really. The Tojo Mack Daddy, that could be me.

    Unless, wait, you're saying that there was a greater threat to our dear Republic than Tojo. Forget that stuff I said, then. You're right, teh gays are worse than Tojo. Except that I hate the sin, love the sinner. Or love the sin, hate the sinner. If you prefer.

    Call me...

  •  Bottom Line: Mandates are Republican crappy (2+ / 0-)
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    plans.

    Medicare Part E: Medicare for Everyone/Public Option is the way to go.

    Notice: This Comment © 2011 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:28:08 AM PDT

  •  Tisk, tisk... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Mitt Romney.

    You actually had the temerity to help the sick, & the sub-human, sociopathic ghouls in your own party are going to kick you to the street for it.

    The only redemptive venue I see for you,  Mitt Romney, is to use your fists to beatdown a welfare recipient.

    The thuggish fucks who now control your party will see that as a positive omen that you are one of them, & mean business.

    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in excess body fat and carrying a misspelled sign.

    by wyvern on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:30:17 AM PDT

  •  Gotta Agree w/Yosemite Sam on this One (3+ / 0-)
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    In last night's debate, Perry pointed out how Mitt has flip-flopped on every important issue over the years.  Mitt is a very slippery character who has no core values - he is "adaptable."   He is also a consumate liar who cannot be trusted by anyone.

    Even the dumbass Cons understand Mitt.

  •  Romney double speak cartoon (0+ / 0-)

    BRAIN FREEZE: Gov. Jerry Brown will propose another budget offering a choice between raising taxes or imposing more cuts in the belief voter backlash will push some Republicans to act on taxes. “I mean, how much less school does the GOP want?” he said.

    by anyname on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:50:06 AM PDT

  •  unlike perry (0+ / 0-)

    at least Mittens didn't have to have his campaign manager completely disavow his book.

    the only consistant message any of these jokers carry is "hey mr. koch, pay me first".

    The Texas Miracle is that, after years of Perry, we don't look like a Tent Revival Thunderdome preaching to the uninsured. Oh, wait...

    by papa monzano on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 10:00:55 AM PDT

  •  I like the Vermont model much more. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Tea Party manifesto: We're resigned to our collective fate because we don't want no stinkin' collective future with the likes of you

    by Richard Cranium on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 10:26:05 AM PDT

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