One of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign promises is that he will do everything he can to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.”
But Romney hasn’t always been so opposed to the ideas behind “Obamacare,” such as the act’s requirement that all individuals buy health insurance.
While he was governor of Massachusetts, Romney’s own signature legislation was a healthcare reform act built around the idea of an individual mandate. In 2005, Romney even called it “the ultimate conservative idea.” In materials from his 2008 campaign for President, Romney cited reports that the bill had “newly insured” some 300,000 people.
In fact, Romney was so proud of this legislation that he insisted his official governor’s portrait include a copy of the bill.
We learned all this reading The Real Romney, a deeply reported and informative book by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman. You should read if want to know about the guy whom half the country wants to be our next president. Pre-order the up-coming, updated, paperback version here. Or buy the Kindle edition.
Here’s the portrait. You can see the bill on Romney’s desk, next to a picture of his beloved wife. It has that snake-and-wings medical symbol called a caduceus embossed on its cover:
Here’s a detail:
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