Here's what Aaron had to say:
I don't know what Dimasi and Traviligni stand to gain from a Mitt Romney presidency, but they handed him an early Christmas present with that photo-op yesterday.Lynne added:
The truth is, Aaron, Dimasi and Trav would stand to gain nothing. That's precisely why they should have taken the photo-op opportunity with
Flawed as the new health care reform bill is, as much as it doesn'tÂt address cost reduction or other major issues, Governor Romney should not get to put this feather in his cap.... Democrats, don't attend the signing ceremony.
The editorial page of the [Wall Street] Journal said the plan ''is a recipe for higher taxes and more government intervention down the road."
We think the individual mandate itself is an unprecedented level of interference with individual choice and decision-making. ~Michael Tanner, Director of Health and Welfare Studies at the Cato Institute.Still don't agree with me? Picture this: It's the Republican Primary. George Allen, Bill Frist and John McCain are duking it out with Mitt Romney in Iowa, South Carolina and potentially a few dozen other states. McCain won New Hampshire with almost 50% of the vote in 2000; he's going to win it again.
The other candidates will go in heavy in Iowa. Mitt Romney boasts his health care bill. What does everyone else do? Sit back and whine as they bow out to Romney and McCain? I don't think so.
Cue to the commercial. Mitt Romney is standing next to a half dozen other Democrats in Boston, Massachusetts - Liberal Mecca of Starbucks drinking, (gay) elitists everywhere. He's signing a bill that will cost hundreds of million of dollars, written by Democrats. He's smiling, talking with those liberal democrats and acting just like one of them.
Bill Frist's voice narrates, "I've spent my entire life in the health care industry. I am a medical doctor. I know exactly what is going wrong in this country and I know how to fix it. Mitt Romney thinks he knew how to fix it too, he doesn't think Americans deserve the choice to decide their health care. Under his proposal, tens of thousands of people from Massachusetts are forced to pay a new tax and aren't given the choice to decide what's right for their own bodies. My name is Bill Frist and I'll never force a bigger government on you to decide how you should take care of yourself." End commercial.
Romney can very well use this bill to help win the Presidency, but it will hurt him just as much as it'll help him, if not more so, during the primary. A nice photo-op with real Massachusetts Liberals will only hurt him more. Republican primary voters don't want bipartisan efforts, they want to win. They don't care that he worked with democrats to get this bill, that will only make it worse. Seeing pictures of him with liberal elitists in gay ol' Massachusetts won't help Mitt Romney win the primary. I don't even think Romney foresaw the backlash this has generated.
I'm going to end this by quoting part of my comment on Aaron's blog, it's highly relevant and really sums up my point well:
Mitt Romney just forced individuals in Massachusetts to buy into health insurance whether they like it or not. Some people will be paying thousands of dollars because of that... while I support the legislation, will Republican primary voters still support it, knowing that? Despite all Romney's effort to become Mr. Conservative, he's going to getlabeledd a Massachusetts Liberal anyway - thanks to this bill.
Republican primary challengers will be too smart not to use this ammunition.