Romney distances self from Mass. health plan
BALTIMORE — With signs emerging that his signature healthcare plan faces hurdles, former governor Mitt Romney has begun to distance himself from the new law and is suggesting that Democrats will be to blame if the plan falters.
Yesterday, after addressing a gathering of conservative lawmakers in Baltimore, Romney told reporters that he cannot be held responsible for decisions that Beacon Hill lawmakers make about the sweeping plan now that he is out of office.
“I hope they take action that makes it work even better than I could have thought of,” said Romney, who is exploring a campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. “But if they take action that makes it unworkable, I’ll point that out. I’m not going to sit on the sidelines and not have a comment to make.”
At recent political appearances, Romney has subtly lowered expectations for the law he championed as governor. At the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire on Thursday, he warned that the Democrat-dominated Massachusetts Legislature may cause the collapse of a system he helped design.