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Morning Mix: “ObamneyCare”

Morning Mix: “ObamneyCare”

Oohhhh….them’s fighting words!

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is coming after GOP front runner Mitt Romney on what could be the only possible weak spot on the Republican’s campaign — his fight for health care for all Massachusetts citizens.  Touted by President Barack Obama as a fine law and the precursor to the national health care reform efforts that have made the conservatives so livid, Pawlenty is attempting to enter a new word to the political lexicon.

“ObamneyCare.”

It’s a clever ploy, and one highly unusual for a candidate so often called “vanilla” (and no, Tim, that is not a “race thing.”)  Linking Romney and Obama together is likely the only way Pawlenty has anything resembling a shot at winning the party endorsement.

And he did it with a vengence on his Sunday talk show appearance.   Via The Page, “President Obama said that he designed ObamaCare after RomneyCare, and basically made it ObamneyCare. We now have essentially the same features.  The President’s own words is that he patterned in large measure ObamaCare after what happened in Massachusetts. What I don’t understand is they both continue to defend it.”

Ouch. 

According to The Hill, “Pawlenty is seeking to expose what looms as a political vulnerability for Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has defended the Massachusetts law while opposing the individual mandate at the federal level.”

So can Romney continue to say that the only thing wrong with Obama’s plan for reform is that he is forcing it onto the nation as a whole and removing a state’s ability to decide for itself? Many conservatives aren’t buying it, saying the individual mandate is wrong, be it at a national or state level.

Looks like health reform will continue to be Romney’s Achille’s heel.

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5:45AM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

As if disregard of the vast problem of health care reform and name calling are supposed to be evidence of political wisdom and the offering of good solutions. PawlentyRomneyCainBachmannGingrich do not have what the people need or want, on health care reform, Medicare, taxes, or anything else. The essential needs of the American people are secondary, at best, to the wants and demands of the corporate elite Republican't campaign underwriters who will buy and pay for all the talking points until Election Day 2012. They will have a chance to win the hearts and minds of the public if and when they convince the citizens that the needs of the public are a top priority. But given their track record in this Congress of, you know, legislating to create jobs or proposing an equitable alternative to the "Obamacare" they constantly complain about, I think all but the most die-hard conservatives would say that these cretins have a whole lot of convincing to do.

7:58AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Oh and BTW... Michael, do you understand the difference between your and you're. Seems not. I wouldn't be so quick to criticize others when you seem have the same affliction, but then I keep forgetting you are an ultra-liberal and it doesn't matter what you do, only what others do.

7:56AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Michael states:
@Myrna F.
and I'm sure your an expert on the economy seeing as you can't even spell "thinks".

And this from the man who also wrote:
Health care is the same way. everyone needs it eventually and it's cheaper for everyone (accept for the richest) to all pay into the same pot.

Hmmm... Maybe we should feel the same way about your comments Michael, "EXCEPT"... some of us already do.

7:26AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

**and I can't do anything about that.

7:25AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

@Myrna F.
and I'm sure your an expert on the economy seeing as you can't even spell "thinks".
People have no idea what they're talking about when they get into budgets and tax rates.
It's not how much they are spending, but what they are spending it on.
The republicans would be spending it on tax cuts for the rich, tax cuts for corporations, war, the oil industry, etc.
I would rather my tax dollars be spent on something useful like health care then just being basically thrown away.
You guys have a real bias against anything socialized in the states, but some things absolutely need to be socialized.
Would you be for making all public education private? I hope not.. Health care is the same way. everyone needs it eventually and it's cheaper for everyone (accept for the richest) to all pay into the same pot.
If you want to argue with that,
I'm not even going to bother
because if you really think that public health care is worse than private you aren't paying any attention
and I could do anything about that.
There's a country right above you that's had public health care for decades and the only thing that's caused it problems is when ideological conservatives get in and try to cut everything just like your republicans.

7:29PM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

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5:51PM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

I seen more intelligence on the Dukes of Hazzard.

3:13PM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

Public Option would keep the insurance companies hones. The reason the insurance companies want the Health Care Reform bill repealed is that it limits their profits and mandates that 80% of their premiums must be paid in benefits.

2:12PM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

ARGH!!!!

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