March 22nd, 2010
02:12 PM ET
10 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 Romney said the plan should be repealed.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. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Nothing New! Republicans decisions are made only for the few and not for the many!

    March 22, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    The extreemist Mormon Taliban hates people of colo,r and claim their skin color is the " mark of Cain"! Do we really care what this racist cult leader thinks?

    March 22, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Jon

    Romney should save his money and withdraw from politics. It's not going well for him.

    March 22, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Navy Vet

    Of course Romney's didn't include trimming the fraud out of Medicare, it's a Federal program and he had no ability to make any changes to it.

    And yes he did raise taxes, just in other areas. YOU LIE!

    March 22, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. carlos

    another retarded, repulsive, repugnant and their half truths

    March 22, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. usualone

    Since when do Republicans not use hard ball policy? Yesterday, I heard on one of the main talk shows that Mitch McConnell told fellow Republicans to stick together completely - and that was 2 weeks before President Obama was sworn into office. Romney is definitely a hypocrite.

    March 22, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    Half-truth Democrats, eh Mitt? You half-wit hypocrite.

    Let's face it, Mitt – you're a shamless self promoter with a less than average intelligence. As my daddy once said of people like you, Mitt, you're all hat and no cattle.

    Hang in there for 2012. There are a lot of us out here waiting to show you the door.

    March 22, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. gt

    there are some good things in the bill , but the negatives out weigh the good....this was handel so poorly ,, americans are sick of the whole mess... get rid of all the politicans , have term limits ,,,this health care has shown me the corrupt side of politics ....pitful,,

    March 22, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Texas Jack

    Romney's plan did not destroy medicare for the elderly. Obama is a scumbag along with all Democrats. I will be glad when their elderly go down the drain because none of their Obama followers can pay their medical expenses. And there will be no more free emergency room treatments. Hooray for the Democrats for killing off all the taking up space elderly. NOW WATCH FOR OBAMA TO GRANT FREE AMNESTY TO ALL ILLEGALS SO THEY CAN VOTE FOR HIM. AMERICANS LETS TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK. IF IT MEANS REVOLUTION THEN LET'S GO FOR IT. THERE IS NO WORTHY SOUL IN THE WHITE HOUSE OR CONGRESS TO KEEP. IT'S TIME TO RETURN TO OUR CONSTITUTION. 'IN GOD WE DO TRUST', Not the likes of Obama led Muslim Democrats.

    March 22, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. craig

    Which side of which issue was he on now?

    March 22, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Hypocrite – Romney hires a company that uses illegal aliens to work on his billion dollar chateau, yet claims he is against illegal immigation....He personally signed the MA public healthcare mandate, now he is pretending to be essentially the same thing that Obama just passed.

    March 22, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. ZRab001

    Guess who the loser is: Someone who didn't get elected, or someone who just reached a goal that was promised to the voters before elections?

    March 22, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Still, the thing to recognize here is that the DNC does not justify what is happening in Washington DC. Nobody will stand up and say this is a good bill or that it is how our political rules should be used. It is bad for America and the way they have delivered it is bad for the political process.

    March 22, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Jim from Seattle

    Romney.. keep it up. Anytime I question whether or not I'm out of line when I state that Republican politians prey on the ignorance of their base, I think of your popularity. Only absolute idiots would fail to see that everytime you open your mouth, you lie. Pro-choice and pro-health care reform to get elected gov in MA, anti-choice and anti-health care reform to (attempt to) get elected as prez. Fortunately, the lowest common denominator you pander to only make up about 25% of America.. and Palin is their choice anyway.

    March 22, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Romney is just another hypocritical Republican.... and nothing more.

    March 22, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. MikeH

    Whatsamatter CNN, why have you erased all the comments from the earlier Mitt article?

    Was there overwhelming outrage at Mitt's humongous hypocrisy, his stupidity, his not saying word one about Bush leading the country to ruin? Too few, if any pro-Mitt posts for your liking?

    March 22, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. WDM

    It seems that being a republican these days entails having no regard for facts.

    March 22, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Gary

    Now I know why Mitt dodged all question during the debates. When he does talk he makes a fool of himself.

    March 22, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. hobart

    More Republican lies. Romney's criticism was about the lack of bipartisanship. Republicans have opposed any Obama health care plan since day 1, and have banked on its failure as "Obama's Waterloo."

    Republicans would never have voted for any portion of Romney's plan for the country, so to pick nits on differences, which are all lies by the way, is hypocrisy. And Romney's spokesman has the audacity to lie and stick up for Medicare when Republicans have NEVER supported Medicare, and would toss it out in a heartbeat if they could get away wirth it, along with Social Security, public schools, public libraries, public utilities (in my town the Repubs led the charge to privatize our water company, which is now owned by a German corporation who has raised or rates and passed off the costs of repair of any damage to the water lines to our homes to us, the consumers!! What an improvement. We've sold our natural resources to another country, which to me is treason!).

    One thing the Republicans are good at is good-old-fashioned divide and conquer mudslinging. They love to point out how many are opposed to the health care bill, but fail to point that critical numbers of those are pro-lifers who want an outlawing of abortion tacked on as a rider, pro-choicers who want no restrictions on abortion, progressives who want some form of public option, etc.

    Did you all notice who was booing when Stupak and the other pro-life Democrats changed their votes? Republicans! Why? Because abortion was never an issue for them in this bill. They're opposed to any bill.

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    March 22, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. lolo

    Because Romney is a hypocrite and wants to become president. It is just amazing how the republicans, people with money wants to keep their money. Just forget about the people who are suffering and can not afford health care. Just look around in the Mid-west and the Southern parts of the United States. They are the main areas that should be happy for this bill to pass, but instead they believe the hype from the hyocritical republicans. The GOP motto is I have mine now get yours. All these pro-lifers who complain about abortion, but they run out of the country to adopt children or have abortions themselves, not in the U.S. Just hypocrites. You have no cause to preach to people about their choices in life. Let God deal with them. The last I heard a GOP was not chosen as God. You conservatives are just pathetic.

    March 22, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Clay

    Rommel's an idiot. The republicans have used the reconcilliation tactic 72% vice the Democrat's 28%. So who's the hypocrite here?. The republicans forced the tax cuts for the wealthy using the very same reconcilliation, yet now they object when confronted with it themselves. The difference: Obama used it to benefit all Americans while the republicans used it to benefit only themselves and their moneybag partners in crime. But the hypocricy extends into the media as well: They're the ones who continually fail to explain the difference.

    March 22, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Laurie

    Evasion and half truths are something that the Republicans and Mitt Romney are real familiar with.

    March 22, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. SIMP

    to romneys little side kick, eric fehrnstrom, nobody said it was EXACTLY alike, but the there are many similaries to many for this loser romney to try and blast this adminstration and call the President a liar. the republicians are such liars and hyprocrites, and they do all their lying and hyprocrisy right out here on news channels like this one CNN. you all need to call these loser's on the carpet when they start ot rant and rave about the things the democrats do, hell they did so little when bush was in office now they just sit back and let bozo's like romney say anything.

    March 22, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Right Leaning Independent

    Excellent comeback Eric!!

    March 22, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Duck Fallas

    Nobody said it's "exactly" the same. More lies.

    March 22, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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