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Romney's Transition Leader Favors Implementing Obamacare
Ricochet ^ | June 3, 2012 | Ben Domenech

Posted on 06/04/2012 6:47:29 AM PDT by C19fan

One of the few Republicans in the country who's been tirelessly pushing for the implementation of Obamacare at the state level has been tapped to head Mitt Romney's transition team, should he become president.

Former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, and his consulting group Leavitt Partners, are the primary advocates within Republican circles for implementation of Obamacare's exchanges. It just so happens that his consultancy is one of the major beneficiaries of the taxpayer funded gold mine of hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange implementation grants.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; healthcare; obamacare; romney; romney4obamacare; romney4romney; romney4romneycare; romneycare; romneycare4ever; romneycare4u; romneycarelives; socializedmedicine
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Romney's has been making some inroads with conservatives the past week and now we get this crap once again confirming Romney is Obamalite.
1 posted on 06/04/2012 6:47:35 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

no way


2 posted on 06/04/2012 6:49:46 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: C19fan

Another reason not to vote for Obamalite.


3 posted on 06/04/2012 6:50:28 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End the racist, anti-capitalist Obama War On Freedom.)
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To: C19fan
Well, with any luck the Supreme Court will take that option out of the hands of either Obamaney or Rombama. Which ever happens to win this fall...
4 posted on 06/04/2012 6:52:09 AM PDT by apillar
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To: C19fan; BuffaloJack
It's too late. We're either going to get UbamaCare or UbamaCareLite (i.e., RomneyCare).

Just one more reason to do everything you can to get as many Tea Partiers elected to Congress as possible.

Oh. And don't forget to bring this up to the RNC telemarketer when he or she calls.

5 posted on 06/04/2012 6:53:40 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: C19fan

Oh crap!


6 posted on 06/04/2012 6:54:54 AM PDT by RedMonqey (Men who will not suffer to self govern, will suffer under the governance of lesser men.)
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To: C19fan

Anything to make Romney frightening or drive a wedge. Only Obama supporters sould give this a second look.

We have a candidate, like him or not. He needs to focus all his attention on dislodging the Communist from the White House. The infighting can come after we gain control.
Lets get to defeating one enemy at a time.


7 posted on 06/04/2012 6:55:53 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: C19fan

Oh Im sure Leavitt is one of those severely conserviest conservatives ...

after all messiah Mitt has chosen him as one of his disciples...


8 posted on 06/04/2012 6:57:34 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: C19fan

Oh, no-—I’m so shocked! I thought Mitt had really become conservative. /sarc


9 posted on 06/04/2012 7:00:05 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: C19fan

The “ABO-hold-your-nose-and-vote-for-whatever-drone-the-Republican-Masters-give-us” crowd is going to be sorely disappointed when they wake up a year from now to realize that nothing has changed...

(But, four years from now, they’ll still be singing the same tune.. sigh )


10 posted on 06/04/2012 7:00:26 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: C19fan

Exchanges in and of themselves may not necessarily be a bad thing. It depends on how many mandates/regulations/state meddling comes along with them. A free-market based private exchange might actually be helpful to a number of individuals and small businesses who have trouble buying coverage.


11 posted on 06/04/2012 7:01:55 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Steamburg
We have a candidate, like him or not.

YOU have a candidate and YOU will do as you're told. Freedmen aren't going to make excuses and rationalizations.
12 posted on 06/04/2012 7:03:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: C19fan

This is my ‘surprised’ face.


13 posted on 06/04/2012 7:05:09 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: C19fan

I’m sure the ABO’s will be here any minute calling us names for refusing to drink the Kool-Aid.


14 posted on 06/04/2012 7:05:33 AM PDT by j_tull (Massachusetts once lead the American Revolution. Under Mitt Romney, it lead the demise.)
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To: C19fan

This is why we need to make every US House and Senate race a priority. We know that Obama is a destructive and hateful big government liberal. In the event that Romney also turns out to be a big government liberal, we need a Congress that will restrain his liberal urges. Get every patriotic American to the polls in November - we need both houses of Congress, with as big a margin as possible.


15 posted on 06/04/2012 7:08:20 AM PDT by Pollster1 (A boy becomes a man when a man is needed - John Steinbeck)
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To: C19fan

Their rally cry:

WE WANNA LOSE

WE WANNA LOSE

[If the people wanted Obamacare, they might as well keep the one they have, rather than turning it over to Romney. Are Romney’s advisors really that stupid? Did he hire a bunch of loser McCain advisors?]


16 posted on 06/04/2012 7:13:32 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: C19fan

This is absolutely the most dispiriting presidential campaign season I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime.


17 posted on 06/04/2012 7:14:01 AM PDT by greene66
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To: C19fan

“Former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, and his consulting group Leavitt Partners, are the primary advocates within Republican circles for implementation of Obamacare’s exchanges. It just so happens that his consultancy is one of the major beneficiaries of the taxpayer funded gold mine of hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange implementation grants.”

This makes me sick to my stomach.


18 posted on 06/04/2012 7:15:19 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: C19fan

IIRC, Romney vowed that he would stop Obamacare [assuming the SC finds it constitutional] on the FIRST day of his presidency.

Is Romney and his advisors on the same page?


19 posted on 06/04/2012 7:15:19 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Pollster1
More details coming I'm sure, so this means next to nothing yet. For Mitt to spout repeal, and then flip would be his end and he knows it.

At that point, it literally would mean no difference between the two, and 100% of resources would be converted to congress to be able to stonewall everything, especially judges.

I don't believe the implications of this headline.

20 posted on 06/04/2012 7:18:51 AM PDT by chiller (Elect another batch of TPartiers and it won't matter which R we elect. WE will lead.)
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To: TomGuy
I don't find it surprising that one guy on Mitt's staff supports some aspects of Obamacare, since he probably helped him design it in Mass long ago.

Campaign tactic from the Dems ?

21 posted on 06/04/2012 7:22:20 AM PDT by chiller (Elect another batch of TPartiers and it won't matter which R we elect. WE will lead.)
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To: C19fan
I agree that this, if basically accurate, is disturbing. But since Romney is apparently going to be the Republican nominee, it actually reinforces the public campaign, based upon polite & persistent efforts at public persuasion, which I have been calling for:

Romney & American Conservatism.

There is too much at stake, to just give up.

William Flax

22 posted on 06/04/2012 7:27:02 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: C19fan
From the article: Update

News that Mitt Romney had tapped former Utah Governor and HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt to be the point man of what Politico described as a “government-in-waiting” worried at least one conservative opinion leader Sunday.

Ben Domenech, a think tank policy fellow, and co-founder of RedState.com, unleashed a torrent of Tweets, noting that Romney had “chosen as his transition leader one of the handful of Republicans who supports Obamacare’s central expansion.” (Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that, Leavitt “strenuously backed the core piece of President Barack Obama’s health-care law and urged the states to move forward together in adopting health insurance exchanges.”)

The worry, of course, is that this selection perhaps says something about Romney’s commitment to overturning ObamaCare.

But Team Romney was quick to dismiss those worries. Reached for comment, Romney spokesman Lenny Alcivar said: “Unlike President Obama, voters can rest assured that a Romney Administration will put America back on track. That starts with repealing Obamacare, starting Day One. Make no mistake, the only person who will make policy decisions under a Romney Administration is Mitt Romney.”

23 posted on 06/04/2012 7:29:27 AM PDT by kabar
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To: chiller
Actually, the full article seems to make it pretty clear that this is a pursuit of financial interest by the individual, and does not reflect Gov. Romney's promise to repeal Obamacare, as a Federal program, in anydway.

William Flax

24 posted on 06/04/2012 7:34:24 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: greene66

“This is absolutely the most dispiriting presidential campaign season I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime.”

You must not been around when Bob Dole was the nominee.


25 posted on 06/04/2012 7:35:06 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (No matter how cynical you get, it's never enough to keep up.)
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To: C19fan
OK. I understand Leavitt was Utah governor and Bush's HHS (welfare program) secretary. He's also a Mormon. Aren't there hundreds of other people Romney could have chosen who haven't made a career of sticking pins in the collective eyes of the conservative movement on the subject of health care? Also, if his Wikipedia entry is to be believed, this guy isn't exactly some kind of straight arrow.
26 posted on 06/04/2012 7:39:22 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: C19fan

The transition leader helps choose the political appointees filling the top positions in the Federal government. It is a critical slot. If Romney does not un-hire this guy, he may find himself watching the next inauguration on TV.


27 posted on 06/04/2012 7:43:30 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Heck, I was ten times more energized when Dole was the nominee, lame as he was! But this Romney/Obama race is like watching a Democratic Primary race from afar. A race between two Dems in which no one remotely represents my views.


28 posted on 06/04/2012 7:45:02 AM PDT by greene66
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To: Steamburg
I can't stand Mittens, just like I couldn't stand Juan McCain.

But you are 1000% correct.

With Romney, he at least MIGHT be persuaded to move to the right. Especially with us taking back a majority in the Senate and building our lead in the House.

Whereas with Obozo, we know what he'll do once he never has to worry about another election, and has four more years to destroy this country.

29 posted on 06/04/2012 7:48:55 AM PDT by adm5 (AMERICA HAS ONLY GOD AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT LEFT TO SAVE THE REPUBLIC. by: LibLieSlayer 3/18/10)
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To: C19fan

Make no mistake about it.
Freepers who vote for Romney if he is on the ballot in November are for Romney/Obamacare.

You can expect if Romney wins that every time someone dies because bureaucrats denied them treatment... I will be pinging any idiot who claimed not voting Romney was voting for Obama to those threads and pointing out their personal desponsibility for each and every death.


30 posted on 06/04/2012 7:51:25 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: C19fan

Well, since Romney has vowed to get rid of Obama care on day one, I’m gonna wait to react on this story until I hear more.


31 posted on 06/04/2012 7:51:25 AM PDT by altura
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To: MrEdd

Please take me off your ping list.


32 posted on 06/04/2012 7:52:18 AM PDT by altura
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To: C19fan

Well that settles it, I’m voting third party.

Yea, I know that as a practical matter voting third party is exactly the same as voting for Obama (both contribute to Obama’s reelection), but at least I can feel good about casting my vote (even if it 100% ensures ObamaCare will never be repealed) instead of casting a vote for that RINO Romney (even it it would at least gives us a fighting chance of repealing ObamaCare).

Follow your principles and vote 3rd party. Symbolism over substance forever!


33 posted on 06/04/2012 7:56:41 AM PDT by Brookhaven (Don't mistake my vote for Romney as a vote FOR Romney, it's a vote against Obama.)
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To: Steamburg

You have a candidate, there is no “We”, and Romney has been pushing socialised medicine since before he was a presidential candidate - your personal laziness in not finding out who he was before today’s media stories does not change that.

Since you were too clueless to be aware it the past, you are wounding yojr own credibility when you try to come up with some notion that this is some recent smear dreamed up to attack Romney. It is not. This is one of his defining issues


34 posted on 06/04/2012 7:56:54 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: C19fan

Who didn’t see this coming?


35 posted on 06/04/2012 7:57:38 AM PDT by Lady4Liberty (Watch Romney DESTROY Obama at his own game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYvx4UfM8RA)
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To: C19fan

Fire Leavitt Now!!!


36 posted on 06/04/2012 7:58:27 AM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: altura

If that post describes you, you will just have to live with the posts you put up being linked and quoted and you being held accountable for them.

That will not be a personal attack within the site rules, nor stalking.

If you are taking that position and using that tactic, then have the courage to stick to your convictions and accept the consequences both good and bad.


37 posted on 06/04/2012 8:02:19 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: C19fan

” - - - - tirelessly pushing for the implementation of Obamacare at the state level has been tapped to head Mitt Romney’s transition team - - - “

It is time to Campaign for an OPEN Convention in Tampa.

It is time to consider ONLY anti-Obama/Romney”care” Republican Dark Horses to replace Romney at the OPEN Convention in Tampa.

The main focus of the Republican Party should now be focused on DUMPING Romney.

BTW, Florida Rep. Allen West, is no longer a candidate to replace or team up with Romney, as West has stated his support of a modified Obama”care.”


38 posted on 06/04/2012 8:03:18 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: TomGuy

It’s the GOP that isn’t on the same page as the American public. Americans by a huge margin (we’re talking over 60%) want to repeal ObamaCare.

Then you’ve got people like Sen. Sessions (from Alabama of all places) saying we shouldn’t repeal ObamaCare, but instead just need to tweak/remove the bad parts.

It’s going to take huge pressure on par with the 2009 Tea Party rallies to get these bozos to repeal ObamaCare.


39 posted on 06/04/2012 8:04:03 AM PDT by Brookhaven (Don't mistake my vote for Romney as a vote FOR Romney, it's a vote against Obama.)
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To: Rennes Templar; greene66
greene66: “This is absolutely the most dispiriting presidential campaign season I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime.”

You must not been around when Bob Dole was the nominee.

Maybe just not around you, RT. No man who fought and faced death for our country can be diminished to the level of Mitt Romney who was traipsing around in France in a uniform set of magic underwear, while his contemporaries served in war.

Say whatever else you will of Dole or McCain (and I'll likely agree), but they tower above Mitt Romney. They also knew how to pick a non-dispiriting running mate! :)

40 posted on 06/04/2012 8:04:17 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (God-issued, not govt-issued.)
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To: C19fan

To think I actually defended mitt yesterday, and now this. I take it all back. FYR.


41 posted on 06/04/2012 8:04:33 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode or Evil, that's the choice.)
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To: C19fan
"Romney's Transition Leader Favors Implementing Obamacare

Wow...Surprise! Shazam! Romney is just all that and a plastic cracker jack prize thrown in!

42 posted on 06/04/2012 8:08:58 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: Lady4Liberty

We may have to buy I-told-you-so’s in bulk.

Anybody surprised at this news is dumb enough to ferry a scorpion across a stream.


43 posted on 06/04/2012 8:10:31 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (God-issued, not govt-issued.)
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To: Lady Lucky

Both Dole and McCain fought less to get elected president than they did to win the nomination. Getting the GOP nomination was the victory lap for their political career, actually winning was an after-thought.

Romney wants to win. Maybe he wants to win for all the wrong reasons (personal ego and ambition), but he damn well wants to be President and seems to be willing to fight tooth and nail to get it.

I am hardly a big Romney supporter, but at least for once the GOP has nominated someone that is willing to fight to win.


44 posted on 06/04/2012 8:13:09 AM PDT by Brookhaven (Don't mistake my vote for Romney as a vote FOR Romney, it's a vote against Obama.)
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To: C19fan

You all asked for Romney. Now that you got him and slobbering all over him for the past month, you get to keep him. Glad I have not drunk the Romney Kool Aid....I won’t either. You guys are so easily swayed in such a sad way.


45 posted on 06/04/2012 8:26:07 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: altura
Well, since Romney has vowed to get rid of Obama care on day one, I’m gonna wait to react on this story until I hear more.

Not quite:

He promised to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with his own plan, which as of yet has not been fully fleshed out.

That's not the same as just getting rid of it.

46 posted on 06/04/2012 8:28:16 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: Uncle Ike
nothing has changed absurd on its face. Mike Leavitt is just one of many "transition" leaders. There's no way Romney is equivalent to Obama.
47 posted on 06/04/2012 8:28:54 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Brookhaven

A vote of conscience is hardly symbolism. Its just the right thing to do. Sometimes life presents hard choices. Character is doing the right thing even when you know the immediate consequences will not be pleasant. If we continue to sell off bits and pieces of our conscience every few years, simply because we fear the future, we will eventually have nothing left to sell, and our would-be overlords will no longer need to pretend they care.


48 posted on 06/04/2012 8:28:54 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: kabar
That starts with repealing Obamacare, starting Day One.

People are only quoting half of his position!

Romney wants to repeal and replace. That promise is from his own campaign site.

49 posted on 06/04/2012 8:34:36 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: Lady Lucky
We may have to buy I-told-you-so’s in bulk.

ABR's have the best of both worlds. Romney wins and everything he does as POTUS will not be conservative enough. Romney loses and it will be "I told you so".

So go ahead and buy those I-told-you so's in bulk now because you can't lose this bet. When you don't take a stand in this election and support nothing, you can't lose.

50 posted on 06/04/2012 8:39:44 AM PDT by lodi90
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