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 Romney said the plan should be repealed.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. Briana the college student

    I promise if Mitt Romney runs in 2012 I will volunteer for ANYONE on Republican side that runs against him.

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

    How do people expect to pay for anything in this country anymore.All you hear is no new taxes,well we have lived through a decade of no new taxes and look where we are today.Seems like there is still the attitude that we borrow from other countries to pay our expenses here.All the people that are crying about taxes didn't see fit to cry when the Bushes were spending us into orbit.The Tea Partiers I see are elderly at least over 50 so I know that they are living off some sort of government funds.The few Democrats and the Republicans that are against the bill all get health benifits that taxpayers help to pay for.

    March 22, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. emmett brown

    Isn't this the guy that got punch on the plane for talking smack........

    March 22, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Richie in Mass

    The plan Romney signed doesn't raise taxes or make cuts in medicare. Stop saying they are the same. Parts of the Mass healthcare was oposed by Romney but this being a heavily liberal state the house and senate overrode his veto's. We have the line item veto in Mass. They should have it nationally too and use it.

    March 22, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. witch56

    he is also an idiot.

    March 22, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Greg K., PA

    Seems like hypocrisy to me. He's positioning himself far to the Right in order to appeal to the shrinking and homogenizing Republican base. A moderate like Romney probably doesn't have much chance these days.

    March 22, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. CHIPS

    The Democrats don't have to worry about this want-to-be president.

    March 22, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. jerry miller

    Wannabe President, Mitch Romney's condemnation of President's Obama's health care plan is unfortunately regrettable. Mr. Romney's political character would have been enhanced had he made some effort to work toward a health care plan that would have reduced the differences between his plan and the one that was passed with no support from the Republican party.

    Unfortunately for Mr. Romney, his fellow/gal candidates for the GOP 2012 nomination will be quick to cite the similarities between ObamaCare and RomneyCare forcing him to be on the defensive for what will turn out to be a losing effort for his campaign.

    Given his hyprocrisy and most important, a lack of character and courage to help effect positive change, this result will be well deserved.

    March 22, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Repubhypocrites

    So BITTER! You and your tea partiers LOST. Give it up already.

    March 22, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Jay

    Nothing new here with the Mitt. He is a political opportunist of the highest order - a hypocrite of the lowest common denominator. And for your information, Mitt, the only ones who "betrayed" anything in the entire health care debate/passage are the 'do-nothing' Republicans (and by extension, their racist/homophobic cohorts the 'T-baggers'), who have abdicated their oath of office to serve ALL Americans and not just the wealthy, the healthy, the well-to-do, corporate CEOs, banks, insurance companies, Wall Street insiders, etc. When history is written 20 years from now, this Gaggle of Pinheads (GOP) will be looked upon with the same disgust and distain as reserved today for 1960s racists and 1980s white-power fanatics. Good company Mitt!

    March 22, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    Romney says that President Obama betrayed his oath to America. WOW......The man runs on getting national health care and he does it and it's claimed that he betrayed America. I wonder what other Presidents did when they did not accomplish what the ran on to get elected. I wonder if former President G.W. Bush could be accused of betraying his oath to America when he took us into two wars and put the cost on our credit card then left office while leaving us stuck with the tab and over 4,000 dead and thousands of injured and disabled soldiers.

    The President and Congress took action because doing nothing was not an option and doing health care on a piece meal basis was not an option either. The bill is passed and now there is a base to improve on. It is a starting point. It is not perfect but it is more than nothing.

    I think Mr. Romney needs to STFU.

    March 22, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Val in MA

    There is a big difference, which Eric Fehrnstrom pointed out correctly. Obamacare is federal takeover of our healthcare which was passed on partisan vote by a slim majority, whereas the reform here in Massachusetts was passed on bipartisan vote and IS designed for a single state which is Massachusetts. Furthermore, the legislation in Massachusetts did not get threatened to be challenged in courts, and Obamacare is. Obamacare is going to be a complete disaster for our country.

    March 22, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. David

    Bottomline people are concerned about money in their pockets, the legislation will stop insurance rates from going up the projected 50-70% in the next two years, more money in your pocket = tax reduction.

    March 22, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. gandoman

    Are we talking about ... Mitt Romney, "The Courageous" ... or ... Mitt Romney, "The Pretender for the Throne" ... or ... Mitt Romney, "The Devil May Care Politician" ... NOT LIKELY!
    I believe, we are talking about Mitt Romeny, "The Donkey's Ass Spinabilia Huckster Wannabee with the nice Haircut."
    Does John Edwards NOT ring a bell?
    Mitt, you need to resign because like many of your republican cohort cowards, you do NOT represent the best of the American people ...
    You represent that group of small minded, racist, white trash, homophobic, educated silver spooners who unfortunately make up about 40% of the legitimate population of this country.
    This is a group who lives either by fearmongering or in fear of the lies perpetually spat out by the republican Nazi party.
    Any Health Care is better than no Health Care!!!
    Instead of trying to defeat what has been accomplished, how about working to make a few changes. All the potential rhetoric about what might go wrong is not worth my time.
    It is not worth the time it takes to spit, much less the time it takes for the republican party's constant refusal to come up with a better plan, idea or compromise.
    Do something important for yourself & the members of your party;
    get a haircut, a manicure and go to the gym because the republican party is about looks, appearances & mirrors, not about anything substantial which might benefit the American middle class and those of us who are struggling.
    I hope you choke on a hairball!

    March 22, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. GOP = "I hoe he fails"

    How can anybody even take Mitt Romney seriously? He has flip flopped more than boat load of tuna.

    March 22, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Most Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    You can't be bi-partisan when all the other side ever does is say no. I wonder how Mitt's brothers, Bat and Ball, feel.

    March 22, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Max

    States are also allowed to regulate healthcare with mandates, while the federal government is not allowed per the interstate commerce clause, meaning Romneycare is constitutional while Obamacare is not.

    Also, Romney built a broad, bipartisan coalition that included Sen. Ted Kennedy to pass his reform, while Obama used Chicago tactics to pass a party line partisan bill. The citizens of Massachusetts also overwhelmingly approved of Romneycare, but rejected Obamacare quite clearly with the election of pro-Romneycare, anit-Obamacare Sen. Scott Brown.

    March 22, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Mitt the Hypocrite

    Mitt Romney just lost any credibility if he had plans to run in 2012. IDIOT

    March 22, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. RCasson

    Obama will defeat Romney on this hypocrasy, IF the GOP is willing to nominate a Mormon.

    March 22, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.


    Flip-Romney has flip-flopped again?

    Now that's news......not!


    March 22, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Laughing in Florida

    The more Mitt carps about it, the more he draws attention to his own hypocrisy. But then he never was the sharpest tooth on the gel-covered comb.

    March 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Who is Romney? Is he from this country or Canada? I know Scott Brown from the blue state of Mass but don't know this shameless guy. Sorry.

    March 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Anita in Arizona

    Is this guy for real? I wonder what republican will face Obama during the 2012 presidential debates? Oh please be Mitt Romney. Please, Please with sugar on top.


    March 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. annie s

    Mitt's boy is right – it isn't like Obamacare. The difference is that President Obama is making sure his bill actually gets paid for.

    March 22, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. CC

    Not to mention ......there WAS transparency and working together of Dems and Repubs with the Massachusetts bill! It was BY the people.

    There was just CRAMMING by the Obama, Pelosi and Reid and cohorts with the WH bill---it was sit down, shut up, get out of the way, how much money do you want?!!

    March 22, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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