New Jersey Chris Christie has thrown his considerable weight behind Mitt Romney, in the process making a hearty apology for Romneycare, the pilot program for individually mandated state health insurance, saying that comparing Romneycare with Obamacare is “completely intellectually dishonest.”
Ironically, on the same day, national news breaks that the Obama administration specifically sought out and acquired the advice of Mitt Romney advisors in crafting Obamacare. There are reports that particular aspects of Romneycare were used for the national program.
Mitt Romney claims that if he should become president he would repeal Obamacare by issuing “waivers” to states, although it is unclear where he would get such statutory authority.
So what is “intellectually dishonest,” Mr. Christie? The principle is the heart of the matter when conservatives compare Obamacare and Romneycare, not which level of government has the authority. In practice, does it matter if the state one lives in forces a tyrannical law on a citizen, or the federal government does it? Is forcing a human being to pay for a good or service ethical at one stage of divided government, but unethical at another stage? [Continued on Political Crush]