A Mitt Romney spokesperson offered an unusual counterattack Tuesday to an ad in which a laid-off steelworker blames the presumptive GOP nominee for his family losing health care: If that family had lived in Massachusetts, it would have been covered by the former governor’s universal health care law.So Joe Soptic should have moved to Massachusetts after getting laid off from Bain? Do they realize how crazy that sounds? (Who am I kidding? They don't have a clue.)
“To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,” Andrea Saul, Romney’s campaign press secretary, said during an appearance on Fox News. “There are a lot of people losing their jobs and losing their health care in President [Barack] Obama’s economy.”
Maybe, just maybe, Mitt Romney should have thought through the consequences of his actions before sucking so much cash out of GST Steel, Soptic's former employer. But, again, who am I kidding? Mitt isn't the kind of guy who reflects on things like that. He's not about helping anyone but himself.
And now the Romney campaign is willing to attack Joe Soptic in the hopes that it helps his presidential campaign. Saul said the ad featuring Soptic telling his story was "despicable" and was false because Soptic's wife didn't die until 2006, five years after Romney's firm laid him off. Apparently, Saul didn't consider the fact that if Soptic had still had health insurance, perhaps his wife's cancer would have been caught before it was too late. I guess having access to excellent health care made that slip her mind.
The more you think about what Saul said, the crazier it gets. If you take her seriously, she's saying that it makes more sense to force someone in Joe Soptic's position to move to Massachusetts in order to get health care than it does to continue implementing Obamacare, which takes the Massachusetts model national. It's really absurd what she's saying—the logical conclusion is that everyone without healthcare should move to Boston, and that's insane. But it's also the bare essence of Mitt Romney's health care policy.