RNC gift bag book touts health care mandates ‘for everyone in the country’

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, August 27, 2012 15:06 EDT
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A gift bag being handed out to delegates at this year’s Republican National Convention in Tampa contains a little something the party thought it had sent down the memory hole a long time ago: Mitt Romney’s argument that Obama-style health care mandates would work “for everyone in the country.”

It’s a passage that Romney had edited out of his book “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” which RNC-goers are being given this year. Problem is, the RNC is handing out Romney’s original text, from back when he actually wasn’t apologizing for what he once considered to be his greatest accomplishment as Massachusetts governor.

The slip-up was first spotted by Washington Examiner writer Philip Klein, who noted that page 177 of the candidate’s book says, “We can accomplish the same thing [universal health care] for everyone in the country, and it can be done without letting government take over health care.” The edited version claims Romney’s health care mandate “was done without government taking over health care.”

Romney has since backed away from his prior stance on health care, saying that “certain aspects” of the Massachusetts system may work for America at large but insisting that most matters pertaining to health care should be up to individual states. He’s also described the Affordable Care Act as “a government takeover” of the health care industry, even though the revised version of “No Apology” insists that Romney’s mandate was not.

Photo: Shutterstock.com / Maria Dryfhout

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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