Chris Christie: Comparing Romneycare To Obamacare Is “Completely Intellectually Dishonest”
Earlier today, when news broke that Chris Christie would be endorsing Mitt Romney, I wrote that it didn’t change my opinion about Romney but made me think less of Christie.
Now listening to the content of Christie’s endorsement, my opinion is even lower.
Speaking about Romney’s Massachusetts health-care program, Christie said it was “completely intellectually dishonest” to compare it to Obamacare.
“Gov. Romney did not raise one tax in doing what he did in trying to improve the health-care system in Massachusetts,” Christie said. “I will tell you, that I’m proud of him for standing up for doing what he believes is right.”
“The president of the United States is raising taxes over and over again to pay for this plan he still won’t pay for. What Gov. Romney did was what he believed was responsible as governor of Massachusetts to allow people to have access to health care. All the governors should have that opportunity to make that judgment on their own,” continued Christie, who emphasized that he believed each state should be allowed to put forward their own health-care solutions.
“Both plans mandate that individuals purchase coverage or pay a fine, expand Medicaid, and provide government subsidies to individuals to purchase government-designed insurance on government-run exchanges,” writes Phil Klein at the Washington Examiner.
“It’s not that dissimilar to Obamacare,” said Rep. Paul Ryan earlier this year. “I’m a believer in a consumer-based patient centered health care reforms, and I don’t think that the Massachusetts plan does it, it goes in the opposite direction.”
And earlier today we got news that Romney aides (Christie said, when asked about it at the endorsement, that these were merely “consultants”) were actually brought in by the Obama administration to advise them on how to design Obamacare.
If this were a mere disagreement on policy or philosophy I could excuse Christie’s comments. But this is more than that. This is trying to manufacture some different reality about Romney’s history as a policymaker, and it goes beyond mere disagreement to the point of dishonesty.Tags: Asshats, chris christie, election 2012, mitt romney, obamacare, Romneycare