Visiting Massachusetts at Bunker Hill, Sarah Palin said she expected more explanation from Mitt Romney on his required health insurance mandates while he was governor of the state. Palin was reminded that Romney has already said there is a difference between a federal mandate and a state mandate, to which she replied [paraphrased], the state mandate would be preferable, but still not desirable. Sarah refuses to accept what has become the norm in this country, and that’s what leadership is all about.
“In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing, so obviously … there will be more the explanation coming from former governor, Romney, on his support for government mandates,” Palin told reporters today.
When a reporter followed up that Romney has distinguished his state mandate from the federal one President Obama signed into law in 2010, Palin responded that even state mandates are problematic.
“He makes a good argument there that it does. States rights and authority and responsibility allowed in our states makes more sense than a big centralized government telling us what to do,” she said.
“However, even on a state level and even a local level, mandates coming from a governing body, it’s tough for a lot of us independent Americans to accept, because we have great faith in the private sectors and our own families … and our own businessmen and women making decisions for ourselves. Not any level of government telling us what to do.”
Romney had months of opportunities to simply say “I tried the mandate, it doesn’t work. There are other ways.” But no, he’s not man enough to do that, and he will suffer for it.