What’s wrong with Mitt Romney?
For conservatives in the primaries, the answer seems to be that he is not perceived as a conservative. And there’s good reason for that. Just look at the Massachusetts’s health care system championed by the Governor. For all intents and purposes, its pretty similar to Obamacare.
It’s so similar that even Obama once alluded to it. Writing for The New York Times in March 2010, op-ed columnist Gail Collins recalled the President’s remarks on the issue to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show. “I mean, a lot of commentators have said this is sort of similar to the bill that Mitt Romney, the Republican governor and now presidential candidate, passed in Massachusetts,” Obama said at the time.
This suited Collins, and probably the Times just fine.
Collins wrote: “...it really does seem as though the two plans are a whole lot alike, and Romney deserves credit for working with the Massachusetts Democrats to get such an ambitious, sweeping reform enacted.”