Bad Timing for Romney in Mass. Radio Ads
This can't be what Mitt Romney wants to hear running on the Boston airwaves.
A radio ad sponsored by the state of Massachusetts is warning residents of the Bay State to make sure they have health insurance by Nov. 15 or face "tax penalties." Thanks to the power of Boston's radio stations, the ads can be heard well into New Hampshire.
The problem, of course, is that Romney was the architect of the Massachusetts health care act, which is just now going into effect.
And he's also a candidate who shuns any thoughts of tax increases, which he repeatedly says were not part of the health care reform which provides that all Massachusetts citizens will be covered.
So the word "tax" is not exactly what Romney wants to hear, even though the ad is not talking about tax increases, but rather individual tax penalties.
Romney spokesman Kevin Madden says there is "nothing disputable" in the public service announcement. And further, he asserts that "What's most apparent is that it informs the listener that they can choose the best plan, and since it's a plan based on private insurance, citizens can gain coverage that is affordable."
But still, the words "tax penalties" are heard twice in the ad, and when you're running for the Republican nomination, those are never welcome words.
Maybe the ad should be considered an in-kind contribution to the Giuliani for President committee?
--Michael D. Shear
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