Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Romney Calls His Massachusetts Health Care Plan "A Historic Step Forward", AARP Calls Bullshit

Mitt Romney has spent considerable time on the 08' Presidential trail touting the health care plan he created while still in the Massachusetts Governor's Mansion. U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy called Governor Romney's health care plan, which was signed with much pomp and pompousness in April of 06', "The health care shot heard around the world."
One problem for Mitt (and I must have been living under a rock to not know this). A little organization called the AARP does not support his plan. In fact, the AARP hates the Romney plan. It was a topic of discussion by an official AARP panel at a AARP conference this morning
Their official talking points (I say keep saying official b/c I can not a. believe that the AARP feels so strongly about this and b. that Mitt is touting something that gives such a large and powerful organization heartburn) are that Mitt's plan will be an "unmitigated disaster" and will create "a bureaucratic mess" for their members. Nothing sneaky or wishy-washy about their feelings. It was all there, right out in the open.
Rather interesting. The "health care shot heard around the world" doesn't even have the support of the largest association that the plan would benefit. I had no idea.
It sounds like its back to the drawing board for Mitt. He can set this easel up next to the one holding the new plans for the new Big Dig.