Romney`s double standards on healthcare exposed
Mitt Romney`s e-mails reveal he defended the so-called individual mandate to buy health insurance.
Washington: Undeleted secret-e-mails of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his tenure as Massachusetts Governor have exposed his double standards on healthcare, a provision in President Barack Obama`s law that has strongly been criticised by the Republicans.
According to ABC News, Romney`s e-mails reveal he defended the so-called individual mandate to buy health insurance. When Romney left the governor`s office in Massachusetts, his staff erased all the e-mails from a computer server and bought the hard drives used to store data, so that their correspondence would stay hidden.
As per ABC News, Tom Trimarco, Romney`s administration and finance secretary, never deleted his e-mails. In an interview with ABC News, Trimarco said that he did not know he was supposed to delete the e-mails. "No memo ever came around advising that was an option," he said, stifling a big laugh. "So when I left, I just left, and one of my colleagues said, `What`s the matter - did yours not have a delete button?`"
One of the e-mails revealed is a warm note from Romney to Trimarco the night the governor signed the health bill into law. "You have made a huge difference, for me and for hundreds of thousands of people who will have healthier and happier lives," Romney wrote at 10:56 pm on April 12, 2006.
Trimarco, who voted for Obama in 2008 but supports Romney now, said the e-mails prove that Romney cared deeply about giving health care to Massachusetts residents, because "his fingerprints are all over this thing”.
Romney has defended the deletion the e-mails by arguing that they would be fodder for his political opponents.