He does so in this article at the Weekly Standard.
A conclusion Kristol reaches is that Romney is a technocrat. A conclusion I reached is that Kristol is a douchebag who willingly and with malice smears Romney and does an injustice to a much needed stream of discussion.
A journalist need not offer solutions,that is a luxury they have;however, they have a duty to honesty and in this age it is a bipartisan fail. Those on the Right rail when left leaning and more often flagrantly leftist “journalists” whore themselves out. Where is the outrage when it occurs on the Right? Well with some consistency it has happened on this very blog and I’ve been tarred naive,a tool and a RINO.
Kristols article offers some insight but fails to highlight some basic truths in my opinion. I suppose I can concede Kristol allows the reader to come to their own conclusions and that it is my personal cynicism that causes me to post this. In doing so I have to also concede that Kristol is clearly an agenda driven writer. Fair is fair.
Bottom-line Romney does indeed support mandates.Surprise!? He does so because free riders harm the economy especially in the health care sector. Free riders exist all along the wealth spectrum. From the indigent to the very well too do. A mandate addresses the problem,screaming “liberty” doesn’t do a thing. Please note I used the term addresses as opposed to solves. In keeping with another of Kristols assertions a leader is someone who actually tries to do something,not just paint pretty pictures with assorted rhetoric brushes and pixie dust.
Romney also clearly has stated he likes states to decide how to address the full problem of uninsured citizens. This is a big difference from the sledgehammer approach Obama and his allies reconciled onto us. I would think allowing states to find a way out of a very real problem would be embraced by conservatives.
Mass. experienced very real problems with the enactment of RomneyCare. The 100% mark has and likely will always be elusive. Access and shortages issues popped up quickly and have been persistent in many areas. This is a particularly weighty issue as the Bay State’s size and medical facilities are optimal compared to other states. Also given the supply and demand reality of capitalism Mass. has seen increases that are quite shocking since the inception of our health care reform. This is so true that the present (D) in the corner, Deval Patrick, looked into price controls before shelving that issue for others to solve some other time.
I offer no solutions other than this. It is far better to have a technocrat like Mitt Romney try to find the real solution that he is indeed capable of than it is to have Barack Obama have four more years to be in charge without the yoke of reelection concerns holding him from his core beliefs. Core beliefs that ironically or perhaps dangerously will see him and his having to deal with the realities of 2014 and beyond.