Well, this is, shall we say, “juicy” and with a good chance of going viral.
By Ben Domenech
Norm Coleman – the former senator from Minnesota and a prominent advisor for Mitt Romney – suggested over the weekend in an interview that no matter who the Republican nominee is, they are unlikely to fully repeal Obamacare.
“We’re not going to do repeal. You’re not going to repeal Obamacare… It’s not a total repeal… You will not repeal the act in its entirety, but you will see major changes, particularly if there is a Republican president… You can’t whole-cloth throw it out. But you can substantially change what’s been done.”
He goes on to say: “The Supreme Court first of all will have to deal with it. If you get rid of the individual mandate, then this whole thing may collapse.” Asked by the moderator whether this means other provisions will go away as well, Coleman says: “I don’t think they will go away, because I don’t think the Act works financially, it simply doesn’t work, if you have severability.” Coleman maintains that Republicans still “need to do health care reform” and suggests that he supports the approach put forward by Paul Ryan and Ron Wyden.
Coleman’s remarks are remarkable because every Republican candidate — including Romney — has vowed to make repealing the law a priority. Coleman is also the chairman of the American Action Network, which has urged the courts to strike down the law’s individual mandate and its Medicaid expansion.
While this is hardly earth-shattering news, for someone who is a senior advisor to the one who signed the disastrous RomneyCare bill and who himself could not even beat a certifiable public menace like Al Franken, by a large enough margin to overcome the Democrat margin-of-fraud, it has to be a bit off-putting to the Romney campaign to see him “spill the beans”.
I predicted nearly a year ago in one of my favorite forums that Romney was already toast and might well be gone from the primaries before they were concluded. It might be even sooner than that. Being the GOP Elite’s pick has a shorter shelf life than a Kardashian marriage nowadays.