Romney's tar baby of a health care program he instituted in Massachusetts will cause him a lot more trouble down the road. To date, he hasn't sufficiently apologized for it, nor has he been able to convince anyone that it wasn't a huge mistake.
He tried again in New Hampshire yesterday:
Speaking before a crowd of conservative activists in New Hampshire Friday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney again faced questions about the healthcare plan he championed as Bay State governor.
Romney called the Massachusetts law "an experiment," admitting that "some parts didn't work," but he didn't directly answer a question on whether or not he regretted signing it into law.
"I went to work to try to solve a problem," Romney said of the Massachusetts law, which has drawn comparisons to the law championed by President Obama. "It may not be perfect -- by the way, it is not perfect -- some parts of that experiment worked, some parts didn't, some things I'd change."
"You will note that [Obama] and the Democrats constantly want to give me credit for their plan," Romney said, alluding to recent comments from Obama and national Democrats likening the two plans. "You know there's a method to their madness. But let me tell you this, if and when I have the occasion to debate President Obama, I'm gonna ask him this question: 'Mr. President, why didn't you call me and ask how it worked?'"
The MA individual mandate worked as expected. It brought a couple of million people under state insurance program while chasing away most health insurance providers - exactly what Obama hopes to accomplish, except he wants to destroy private health insurance on a national level, eventually replacing it with a single payer system. This is what is going to have to happen in MA with Romneycare as insurance providers chafe under restrictions and mandates that make it impossible to realize a profit.
Romney isn't going anywhere until he does a full frontal mea culpa - just like Dems who voted for the Iraq War were forced to do in 2004. It will be an albatross slung around his neck until he shows Republicans that he realizes the error of his ways.