One thing that Mitt Romney achieved during his term as Governor was to get a law passed that made it so that everyone in Massachusetts could have health insurance.
MITT HAS SINGLE HANDEDLY SHIFTED THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON HEALTHCARE.
There are around 45 million Americans who don't have health insurance. 10 years ago, the Democrats pretty much owned this issue. People who didn't have health coverage tended to be sympathetic to democrats on this issue.
Mitt Romney has opened the door for Republicans to own this issue. The problem is, that I don't think anyone else in the field could have pulled it off to begin with. And none of the current primary candidates except for Mitt Romney can really speak to the issue credibly.
Everyone else has talked about this issue. Hillary Clinton talked about it. Barack Obama talks about it. John Edwards, Al Gore, and the Governator in Cali-for-nia talk about improving access to health care for the uninsured.
Mitt Romney actually did something about it.
If somebody besides Mitt is the nominee, how are the republicans going to credibly draw in the 45 million voters who don't have health insurance?
My opinion - If somebody besides Mitt is nominated, we cede this issue to the Democrats.