March 22nd, 2010
02:12 PM ET
5 years ago

DNC drills Romney over health care opposition

Mitt Romney attacked President Obama on Monday after his health care legislation passed.
Mitt Romney attacked President Obama on Monday after his health care legislation passed.

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee struck back at Mitt Romney on Monday after the Republican issued a blistering response to the health care bill passed by Democrats in Congress.

Romney accused President Obama of pushing the bill through with hardball political tactics - a strategy, Romney said, that violated the president's "oath to the nation" to usher in a new era of bipartisanship. Romney said the plan should be repealed.

The DNC eagerly shot back, accusing Romney of "blatant hypocrisy" for opposing a plan that bears a strong resemblance to the one he implemented as governor of Massachusetts. Both pieces of legislation, for instance, mandate that individuals purchase insurance and establish exchanges in which people can purchase affordable insurance plans.

"We're sure that it must be difficult to endure all the comparisons of the similarities between your signature health care plan and the bill passed last night when you are trying to appear to be the angriest of the angry far right wing in the Republican Party, but it doesn't cover up the blatant hypocrisy of lashing out against policy that you thought well enough of to campaign for and sign into law," said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan.

In an e-mail to reporters, Sevugan provided a point by point comparison of "ObamaCare" and "RomneyCare" to highlight the similarities between the two plans, points Romney will likely have to explain in a Republican primary is he decides to seek the White House again in 2012.

Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom responded to the DNC offensive.

"Mitt Romney's plan did not include higher taxes, or Medicare cuts, or insurance price controls, and it was designed for Massachusetts and not the entire country," he told CNN in an e-mail. "To say it's exactly like ObamaCare is just another evasion and half-truth from the Democrats."


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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Dano

    Well obviously he was for it before he was against it...or is it the other way around?? It's whatever President Obama is for...or against...well it's whatever Rush tells him to say!

    March 22, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Jan

    My former governor is an embarrassment to my state of Massachusetts. I can not understand how he can look in the Mirror each morning. How he can stand there and criticize this new Health care program that mirrors his own is mind boggling. He gives new meaning to ( going with the wind)

    March 22, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. FL Voter

    Romney hypocritically flip-flops (again). He was only for health care before he was against it, since Mitt appears to shift his "choice" any which way the winds blow.
    Sadly lacking authenticity and credibility.

    March 22, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. 8 Years of “trickle down economics” has only left a wet spot on the shoes of working class Americans!

    Hit him again DNC, that is why I sent in the contribution!

    March 22, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. walleye

    Although Republicans are likely to pick up several House seats and several in the Senate, the health-care vote improves the chances that the Democrats will cling to power in both chambers, and that President Barack Obama will be re-elected in 2012.

    Why? Because getting the bill passed makes the Democrats look like winners, like people who make good on their promises, like people who finally stood up to the bully who's been kicking sand in their faces all these years.

    It's been a long time since the Democrats sounded tough, or looked competent. Most Americans can't remember that far back. Fear of a vigorous Democratic Party is the main reason the Republicans fought tooth and nail against the health-care bill: They knew that a victory for the Democrats in the Congress would be bad for Republicans in the fall.

    March 22, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Brian

    Here goes the Republican opportunist. These people oppose everything that this president is doing without clearly articulating sensible alternatives or visions. Why would any reasonable voter want to trust these people again, when they had a chance for 10 years and succeeded to wreck the nation? it is time that people like Romney, Palin, Mccain, Limbaugh, Beck, Rove, Malkin, Chaney, Fox News, etc. come to the reality that the election was won and they lost.

    March 22, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. 8 Years of King George II and now the Landed Gentry Scream “Let Them Eat Cake” to the Unemployed and Uninsured Serfs!

    "Mitt Romney's plan did not include higher taxes, or Medicare cuts, or insurance price controls, and it was designed for Massachusetts and not the entire country," he told CNN in an e-mail. "To say it's exactly like ObamaCare is just another evasion and half-truth from the Democrats."

    If that is the best response the RNC has, you were just spanked like a little girl by the DNC,

    March 22, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. notfooledbydistractions

    Ah mittens, too bad the democrats passed a bill almost identical to your Mass. plan. That pretty much eliminates your chances in 2012. Your full-throated renouncement of it just makes you look even more foolish. But I guess stuff like that doesn't bother an opportunist such as yourself.

    How do you stand upright without a spine mr. romney?

    March 22, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Red by Choice

    "you lie"......again. The differences between Romney's plan and the DNC plan are very clear. Romney did Health Care reform the right way with bipartisanship, no tax increases and without bribes. Romney was is right about Obama.

    March 22, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Annie

    Can't wait for the Republicans that run against him in the primary go after him with the same facts that the Democrats are pointing out now.

    Since I can't leave a comment about the aproval rating listed in another article on the ticker, I will here. It states that 59% of Americans do not approve of the healthcare bill, but then it also states that of that 59%, 16% feel it does not go far enough. Think about that. In other words, only 43% of Americans are opposed to this bill except for the fact that it doesn't contain the public option. If Congress decides to add the public option at a later date, 57% of Americans would approve of this Health care Reform. I believe that is more than voted for Barack Obama. It also shows that Americans are more inclined to like this than hate it, as the Republicans would want you to believe.

    March 22, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. thinkingharder

    Romney will take as many positions on this as he has on equal rights for lesbsian and gay Americans. He is such a hypocrite he'll need a full time staff to keep track of his many positions on any issue.

    March 22, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. John

    Republicans say: Don't ask us to do anything about the unsustainable status-quo on health care.

    March 22, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. The Voice

    Phony Romeny once again waffles!

    Will the real Mitt Romeny please stand up, please stand up.....

    March 22, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Gale Shipman

    Romney has already "been there" with health care and has found it not workable unless each state wants to go belly-up like Massachusetts is doing.

    March 22, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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