Romney On Defense After Obama Health Care Provision Ruled Unconstitutional

Sam Stein
Huffington Post

A Virginia judge’s ruling earlier this month that a key provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional was hailed as a major breakthrough for all segments of the Republican Party save, perhaps, one.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.), whose own successful dalliance with health care reform in Massachusetts is cited as an intellectual model for Obamacare, stands to gain little from this specific policy topic being at the center of political discourse.

At least that’s how the conventional wisdom goes. And in the wake of Judge Henry E. Hudson’s decision, there was, as expected, another wave of debate over Romney’s own role in championing the individual mandate for insurance coverage — the provision that was ruled unconstitutional.

Whether this pattern persists through the 2012 elections (should Romney run) depends on the whims of legal processes and the vindictiveness of the rest of the Republican presidential field. Romney, after all, was not the first conservative to champion an individual mandate. The Heritage Foundation did so as well. But the former governor tends to get the preponderance of attention when the conversation turns in that direction.

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