So you probably haven’t seen it if you aren’t in one of America’s precious, coddled Swing States, but a pro-Obama PAC has been running a mean ad featuring a guy who was laid off because Bain Capital made the business he worked for more efficient, and he says that his wife died because they didn’t have health insurance because he was laid off because Bain Capital thought that would be a good idea. You might think this is mean and unfair and don’t hate the specific corporate player hate the employer-based health-care system game etc., but surely when an ad is going out that basically has a blue-collar dude saying “MITT ROMNEY KILLED MY WIFE” the Romney campaign has to respond somehow, right? Well they did, actually, and they did actually respond with legitimately good advice! This advice was: people who need good health care should move to Massachusetts, because they have universal coverage there, thanks to Governor Romney. Wait, what?
Andrea Saul is a Romney campaign flack, so she may well live in Massachusetts! Which is good for her because her chances of being fired just went up dramatically, so it would suck if she had some sort of pre-existing condition that would prevent her from buying health insurance on the individual market in every other state in the union. She’s probably pretty aware of this point, which is why, in reacting to the aforementioned campaign ad about that guy’s wife dying of cancer, she said this:
To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Gov. Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care.
She said it on Fox News, even, which, haha, whoops! And now all the right-wingers are having a freakout. Erick Erickson said “OMG. This might just be the moment Mitt Romney lost the election.” (Don’t take it too personally, Andrea, Erick Erickson flips out and OMGs about things constantly, he’ll have forgotten about this in a week.)
Mitt Romney has of course pledged to grant every state a waiver on the health care law on his first day in office (it’s neat, how the president can just tell states they don’t have to obey laws they dislike!). Of course, he also told a Reuters reporter that health care needs reform and “I have some experience doing that.” You guys, what if … what if Romney repeals Obamacare but then replaces it with Romneycare, which is exactly the same except the word “Obama” is replaced wit “Romney”? Oh, Mittens, you crafty devil! [TPM]
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