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.
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.”
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.