On Tuesday, Santorum said his biggest difference with Romney was over "ObamaCare" and Romney's mandate, saying that Romney's plan "violated" the "fundamental principles" of American capitalism. On Wednesday, he took things a step further, comparing Romney's plan not just to "Obamacare" but also to socialism:
There is going to be rationing of care simply because the 15-member commission is required under Obamacare to reduce reimbursement rates for doctors and hospitals which of course — we see it in Massachusetts, you see it in every socialized medicine country, where government run health care system, when they do that, it leads to lines, which leads to rationing.
Santorum's alternative? The Ryan Plan. So he'd just stop providing health care coverage to seniors, forcing them to get insurance in the private market—if they can find it. That way, there'll be no rationing. After all, you can't ration what you don't have.
Except there's one important detail Santorum completely ignored: Ryan's plan would preserve the so-called "rationing" provision of health care reform, at least until Medicare is dismantled. Yes, Ryan's plan contains the exact same "rationing" proposal that Santorum is now condemning as socialism. So unless Santorum opposes the Ryan plan, he's a socialist too.