100 Ways Mitt Romney Is Just Like Barack Obama-- What's the difference, SodaHead?
The New York Times recently made a less than half-hearted attempt to summarize the similarities between President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican Party nominee, Mitt Romney. As New York Magazine reports,
the Times wasn’t able to do much better than: They both like Star Trek,
Modern Family, and Chicken. Here at IVN, I thought we could find just a
few more similarities of just a little more substance.
following list isn’t just a bunch of opinions, but documented facts that
together draw a compelling picture: Far from being polar opposites, the
two “choices” offered as presidential candidates by this country’s two
main parties are nearly indistinguishable on the substantive public
policy challenges Americans face. Using the New York Times piece as a
starting point, here are 100 ways Mitt Romney is just like Barack Obama:
1. Star Trek
2. Modern Family
The signature legislative accomplishment of the man that Republicans
have chosen to repeal and replace “ObamaCare” was “RomneyCare,” which was the blueprint and model for The Affordable Care Act.
5. The most controversial aspect of “ObamaCare” for its critics, was the individual mandate. Mitt Romney, like Barack Obama, believes individual mandates can be a good ingredient of public policy.
Mitt Romney reminds critics that he believed “RomneyCare” was good for
the state of Massachussetts, but shouldn’t be implemented nationwide,
and that’s how he’s substantively different from Barack Obama. In 2007,
however, Romney said:
“I’m proud of what we’ve done. If Massachusetts succeeds in
implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation,” suggesting
that, like Obama, he is not opposed to federal mandates either– just
controversial ones that his partisan opponents pass.
(Items 7 – 9)
As Jon Stewart points out on The Daily Show, Mitt Romney’s proposed
legislative replacement for “ObamaCare” would keep everything in it
other than the individual mandate,according to Mitt Romney’s own words:
Like Obama and the Democrats provided for in the Affordable Care Act,
Romney’s legislative alternative would make sure people who want to keep
their current insurance can do so.
8. Like Barack Obama, Mitt
Romney wants to expand federal spending on Medicaid to help each state
cover residents who cannot afford health insurance.
9. Also like Obama, Romney’s “alternative” would make sure people with preexisting conditions will be covered.
Read more at the Independent Voter Network. By W.E. Messamore.
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