Mitt Romney called for a repeal of health are reform yesterday, and today he's gone a step further: he's asking supporters for money to help push for it.
Romney sent an e-mail out to supporters of his political organization, the Free & Strong America PAC, to announce a new initiative--the "Presicription for Repeal"--in which Romney's PAC will donate to House and Senate candidates who support a repeal of health care reform.
To some extent, this is just a repackaging of the PAC's overall mission, which is to channel campaign money to candidates of Romney's choosing. The new development is that money will be given specifically to candidates who support a repeal, in a guided effort against Democratic health care reforms. Links in Romney's e-mail take supporters to the PAC's generic donations page, so it appears anti-health-reform donations won't be earmarked specifically for the "Prescription for Repeal" campaign, but rather lumped with the rest of the money donated to Romney's PAC.
Observers have wondered whether Republicans will campaign in 2010 and beyond on a repeal of the health care bill. It appears Romney already is.
Here's a copy of the e-mail Romney sent:
President Obama's healthcare bill is unhealthy for America. Without a single Republican vote in the House or the Senate, he pushed through a bill that millions of Americans do not want, and for which we cannot conceivably pay.
Health care reform shouldn't mean higher taxes, cuts to our seniors on Medicare, insurance price controls or greater federal involvement in our lives. But unfortunately that's just what we're getting.
America has been taken down the wrong path by President Obama and the Democrats in Congress, which is why it's critical we elect fiscally-responsible conservative leaders in November who will repeal this bill and restore commonsense principles to healthcare.
That is why I am writing to you today to announce a new initiative at my Free and Strong America PAC called "Prescription for Repeal." Over the coming weeks and months, my PAC will be providing GOP candidates with the support and funding they need to defeat Democrats who supported ObamaCare.
Will you stand with me in this effort with a generous contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, or even the maximum $5,000 ? It is only with your support, and the support of Americans like you across the country, that we can make our voices heard and effect the real change that Americans deserve.
XXXX, it is up to us to leave our children and grandchildren an America that is as strong and prosperous as the one we inherited from our parents, and what we do at times like these is critical. I hope you will stand with me today.