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Romney, Gingrich, and Huntmsan: Hypocrites who supported healthcare in the past

Updated on November 19, 2012
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Hijacked by extremist

The Tea Party and the extreme right have hijacked the Republican Party. Take the idea of healthcare for example. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Jon Huntsman have all supported single-payer health care in the past. However, because of the base of the right, they have stepped away from their past and moved further to the right.

Lets start with Mitt Romney. Romney actually was the inspiration for Obama’s healthcare overhaul because he passed a similar bill in Massachusetts. In 2006 he was the first elected official to pass a mandate that all in the state of Massachusetts have healthcare. In the past few weeks, he has said that it is a failure. He is going around saying that the laws are different. However, the now Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, has accused Romney of playing both sides of the fence or being a hypocrite who is trying to get elected. Those are my words not Patrick’s.

As Governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman wanted a mandate for healthcare when he passed his “free market approach” in 2008. His bill looks different because he ran into fierce opposition from the right. Huntsman now denies that he ever wanted to mandate healthcare coverage for every citizen in Utah.

Newton Gingrich has been the biggest flip-flopper of all. He so panders to the right that it is embarrassing. However, Newt is the only one to come out and say that he supports mandated healthcare. Only, he would support the mandate on a state level and not on a federal level. Does that make sense to you? It is typical Newt pandering.

It is time for the Right to stop playing politics. Who among this group has the courage to stand up to the Tea Party and the extreme right and tell them that they are wrong. Or, do they continue to have good ideas hijacked by a fringe group while the rest of America suffers. Even the military is asking for better healthcare for veterans.

Americans have to start growing up and realize that we need to protect our citizenry by giving all healthcare. The Republicans know this, but the extreme right has hijacked their minds. How sad.


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      Anne Pettit 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Right on! A health care mandate will help employment and result in a healthier more productive nation. Great Hub.

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      mio cid 6 years ago from Uruguay

      we can add Pawlenty to the list since he has just come out for the privatization of medicare AND in favor of the ryan budget plan

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      Howard Schneider 6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      You are absolutely right Habueld. Having Healthcare insurance tied to employment adds insult to injury. It cripples the unemployed further. Affordable and decent healthcare should be a right for all. The Far Right is demagoguing this and I hope it drags the GOP down. None of them have the backbone to stand up to them. The Koch Brothers control them all.