Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Kiss of Death: Obama says ObamaCare is just like RomneyCare

Mitt Romney was always hanging on by a thread during the entire health care debate. This is because his health care reform plan in general does resemble ObamaCare. Throughout the debate, as so many of the 2012 GOP hopefuls stepped up to bash ObamaCare, potential front-runner Mitt Romney was rather silent.

Now that ObamaCare is the law of the land and much of the nation is looking for its repeal, Mitt Romney is left in the most awkward position of having to throw stones at a plan very similar to his. Worse yet, Mitt Romney has a nagging credibility issues due to recent position changes. 
The Hill: Having Obama himself now tout ObamaCare as the twin to RomneyCare is going to make things very difficult for Mitt.
The Hill: President Obama tied his own healthcare reform law to Romneycare today, a growing theme that isn't helping the former Massachusetts Governor in his early positioning for 2012.
"I think that the Republican Party made a calculated decision, a political decision, that they would not support whatever we did," Obama told Matt Lauer in an interview. "And I think that's unfortunate because when you actually look at the bill itself, it incorporates all sorts of Republican ideas. I mean, a lot of commentators have said, you know, this is sort of similar to the bill that Mitt Romney passed in Massachusetts."

We will no doubt see this clip played over and over again by Romney’s potential GOP rivals. Question 1: Who do you think will produce the most brutal attack ad with this clip, Palin, Huckabee or Pawlenty? Question 2: Is there an effective way for Romney to overcome the RomneyCare issue?


namaste said...

matt lauer is such a suck up, they should just get a room already. and obama really should step away from the no-doze and get some sleep.

hey cliff! i see you haven't slowed down a bit. keep takin it to them my friend!

Sparky said...

I've know Mitt Romney is a RINO since first learning about current Mass. politics. It behoves me as to why any one would want him for President. We would be in the same pickle we're in now with someone like him at the reins.

Clifton B said...


I could see Mitt as a serious candidate back in 2008, but 2012? We have a very small window in which to repeal ObamaCare, I for one do not want to risk it on someone who made a 11th hour conversion to conservatism.

Just a conservative girl said...

Mitt has good qualities, but he will not be the nominee in 12 or ever for that matter. He will not back away from RomneyCare and the stats on it are awful.

Angie Lee said...

I don't know if it's an out for Mitt, but it should help R's running for Congress: We tried a form of Obamacare and found it didn't work, so the R's were 100% justified in turning this down with solidarity.

The D's are just too stoopid to pay attention and learn, doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over.

Clifton B said...


Yep still plugging away at this old blog. Drop me an email or give me a call, I have not heard from you in a stone's age.

Clifton B said...


I have to agree. I cannot see anyway for Mitt to successfully distance himself from RomneyCare.

Clifton B said...

Angie Lee:

That is an excellent retort for Republicans in general. It certainly isn't too helpful for Mitt.

Some my accept if Mitt had a total come to Jesus moment about RomneyCare and said he made a mistake. But will that turn off too many people?

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