Yet another moment from the GOP debate that should resonate (but not in a good way, at least not for the candidate), courtesy of Jim Geraghty:
Thompson observes that people don’t comparison shop for health care and insurance the way they comparison shop for other products…
Thompson: “We’re probably never going to achieve total coverage.”
Gibson: You can have mandates.
Romney: I like mandates.
Thompson: I didn’t think you were going to admit that.
Romney: If you can afford health insurance, you should buy it.
“If you can afford health insurance, you should buy it.“ Romney sounds just like a Democrat with that line. In fact, one Democrat’s plan is less government-intrusive than Romney’s – Barack Obama (Associated Press, emphasis added):
Obama’s health care plan relies on government financial incentives and cost-cutting to help the uninsured afford coverage. But unlike Clinton and Edwards, he does not require adults to buy coverage or pay a penalty if they fail.
So Mitt Romney is to Barack Obama’s left on health care. This is the “conservative” candidate? I think not.