Taking It On

Reuters
Reuters

First on The Page: Romney to give major health care address Thursday in Michigan.

Complete with PowerPoint presentation, frontrunner will “lay out plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

2PM ET at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor.

Halperin’s Take: This is smart. Romney won’t back off his past statements on his Massachusetts health care law Thursday. The plan he is releasing is an updated version of the one he ran on in 2008.

Romney’s rivals believe health care makes him unnominatable. Romney has failed so far in convincing the media and others that he can explain his record on this issue. By putting out a detailed plan well before any of his opponents, Romney has his best chance to move the conversation from the past to the future. Hillary Clinton tried to do the same thing on Iraq in 2008 and almost succeeded; and/but right now Romney doesn’t have anyone standing in his way for the nomination who is as politically formidable as Barack Obama was four years ago.

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