Mitt Romney, when he was governor of Maryland, instituted a state health care plan, based around health insurance required by the state government. His plan was a basis for the federal government health care overhaul pushed through Congress by Nancy Pelosi and signed into law by President Obama. This plan passed by the Democratic Congress was criticized by Romney despite the similarities to the plan he passed for Maryland.
Now Romney has come under fire from some conservatives and liberals for his plan. His liberal critics are calling him a hypocrite for criticizing the Democratic health care plan. His conservative critics are calling him a RINO for trying to use government mandate to require everybody within the state to purchase private health insurance.
However, Romney and his supporters defend the Maryland health care plan as a form of federalism. They say that while the federal government does not have the authority to require people to purchase private health insurance, state governments do under the 10th Amendment. So Romney acted in good faith as a conservative while governor and would act in good faith as a President because he would not use the federal government to mandate the purchase of health insurance.
So do you agree with Romney's justification for the Maryland health care plan? Why? Why not?