"Some of my libertarian friends balk at what looks like an individual mandate," Romney wrote in the Wall Street Journal as he was preparing to sign the law in Louis Vuitton damier
April 2006. "But remember, someone has to pay for the health care that must, by law, be provided: either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on government is not libertarian."
However, he has also said that what works in one state is not necessarily a good idea in others.
Romney's rivals, however, are unlikely to accept that as much of a distinction. "Looking at the Massachusetts experience, it would not be one I would want for the country to follow any further," former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty told the Louis Vuitton monogram
Nashua Telegraph in New Hampshire last year.
GOP and 'Romneycare'
As the primary campaign kicks into higher gear, Romney is feeling greater pressure to inoculate his record and to spell out how he would approach the issue differently from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Some conservatives view "Romneycare" as such an apostasy that they say nothing short of an act of contrition — similar to the one Pawlenty has offered for his previous support for a cap- and-trade system to deal with climate change — will do.
Romney is "going to be clubbed over the head LV handbags
on health care for the duration of the primaries, with Thursday's speech sure to provide plenty of new material to club him with," wrote Allahpun- dit, a blogger on the influential conservative Web site Hot Air. "Pawlenty's already been working to set up a contrast with him by apologizing for his own prior support for cap and trade. Anyone think this speech, lacking any mea culpa, will blunt the force of those coming attacks?"
In choosing a venue for such a potentially pivotal speech, Romney LV handbag
opted not to go to Massachusetts but rather to Michigan — an economically depressed state where he grew up and where his father, a former auto executive, served as governor. It is also where Romney announced his 2008 campaign for president.
Romney's office said his approach to revamping the national health-care system would rely on five broad principles: restoring to the states the responsibility to care for the poor, uninsured and chronically ill; providing a tax deduction to individuals who buy health Louis Vuitton shoes
insurance, similar to one that employers can claim for insuring their workers; streamlining federal health-care regulation; reducing malpractice suits; and making the health-care market more efficient.