Sigh...Why? Here's just one of those reservations come to fruition that conservatives have had against Mitt Romney being the Republican nominee from the very beginning...
Ricochet: 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. But that's a coincidence, of course.
Over the past year, Leavitt and his staff have repeatedly tangled with conservative and libertarian think-tanks and advocates who oppose him on this point, understanding that there is no such thing as a state run exchange under Obamacare, and that this represents the primary front for states in the battle against Obamacare's implementation. This hasn't stopped him from lobbying all over the country for it.
What's most concerning about all of this is not that Romney selected one of the few Republicans in the country who backs implementation of Obamacare's exchanges. It's what the selection of Leavitt means as an indication of how Romney would potentially "fix" Obamacare if repeal proves impossible. According to Politico, "already, plugged-in Republicans from Washington to Salt Lake City are buzzing that Leavitt could make his own transition next January into the job of White House chief of staff or as a Valerie Jarrett-like personal counselor to a President Romney."
Should the Supreme Court strike down only a portion of Obamacare, it seems clear Leavitt would be a major voice in deciding how to replace it. And he is convinced that "exchanges are part of the future, no matter what."
All this talk that "I'll repeal it," on the campaign trail, then appoint this liberal RINO to head your transition team upon winning the presidency? This is a terrible idea, Mitt. We need to know what Romney's plan for healthcare is, and we need to know it NOW! AMERICANS overwhelmingly don't want ANY part of this Rube Goldberg experiment in central planning we've come to know as Obamacare.
ADDENDUM: In discussing this appointment on Monday's show, Mark Levin says we're going to have to "work really, really hard to drag his ass to the right." (via theRightScoop)