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 Romney said the plan should be repealed.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. Wes410

    Romney is ridiculous.....The republicans will say "This bill was rushed through," and then in the same breath say "If this bill was any good, it would have passed a long time ago." The GOP think that Americans are sheep....... Little do they know that a lot of this was a political move for November. The Republicans just unanimously voted to $crew the poor, the middle class, and the elderly in front of the entire country, less than 8 months before the midterm elections......Bye-Bye GOP!!!! Thanks for ensuring at least 2 more years in the majority!

    March 22, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. sine

    OH so I get it ....it's good enough for YOUR state but not good enough for the WHOLE COUNTRY??

    OMG dealing with idiots in office !!!!

    March 22, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Mark from Louisiana

    It's obvious that Romney learned from his mistake, the "let's cover everyone who won't work" plan would have already bankrupted the state if the feds weren't partially funding the state program. He knows what this bill will do our country, the same as Mass., bankrupt it.

    March 22, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Marc

    And what Mitt Romney will not do if that makes he hopes that he'll win the nomination for 2012?

    March 22, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Karen - Missouri

    Romney, just like other Repubs, are so useless in politics. Of course Romney would attack the plan...He's a Repub after all...can't trust or believe ANY of them...they're all alike and have proven that since DAY ONE

    March 22, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. John A. Worth

    Mitt, Mitt the hypocrite.....

    March 22, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Cyrus Ijomor

    The Orientation of the republican party in economic terms does not seem to address the massive gaps between the rich and the poor. They remind me of the classicalist agenda against the marxian philosophy.
    All they were interested in doing is to widen the already burdensome gap between the rich and the poor. They question why the very rich should be taxed to take care of the less priviledged. They fight against cutting down on the outrageous profiteering of insurance industries at the expense of the citizenry.
    Elected officers are expected to serve the needs of all people – meaning a common ground reached to accommodate everyone. It appears that the Republicans are just interested in serving just the rich only and to HELL with the poor. This is not SERVICE at all.
    Republicans! get real and refine your outdated philosophies.

    March 22, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Mitt Romney I would like for you to give up your Health Care Plan that I am paying for.

    March 22, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. carol

    Mitt Romney is just a cunning guy who will say whatever is the flavor of the day as he has his eyes set on the Presidency. Big business is what he's all about, he's no different policy wise from the last crew who got us into the mess to start with. Smarmy can only get you so far. He's no match for President Obama.

    March 22, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. jm for sc

    Romney did not have control of the entire country which is why his plan only covers the state of Massachusetts. His adviser should find another profession.

    March 22, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Jill, California

    Romney is an empty suit who was also pro-choice for the Iraq war; and when asked whether his sons would enlist to help the cause, his statement was that they were helping America by assisting him in getting elected. Romney has flip-flopped on more issues than a goldfish out of water.

    March 22, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. john in binghamton NY

    Isn't hypocrisy his middle name? Look at the record, this guy changes his views daily.

    March 22, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Doug,lib jersey

    Wait, was there a revision to the Obama-care plan that stated that each state is to make up their own healthcare reform and that we wont be having one big one size fits all socialistic plan by the fed forced upon all states good and bad?

    I mean the libs wouldn't be lying would they?

    March 22, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Beverly - NYC

    And we 're suprised by a Republican being a hypocrite? Romney does have to test drive his 2012 talking points after all. I guess it's only worthy if a Republican does it won't fly.

    March 22, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Independent

    I am not shocked. I feel the Republican Party is more interested in a lock step approach than actually walking with the American people. This is what is so unattractive about the Republican Party right now. This man had wonderful ideas but because ObamaCare and RomneyCare are similar he denouces it? My advice to Republicans is to grow a set and be an individual. You will never appeal to the general electorate with this form of thinking.

    March 22, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Sgt. USMC

    "blatant hypocrisy" , couldn't have said it better.

    Answer me this Romney!

    What makes your state so priviledged to have health care you so fiercely want to deny all Americans?

    Stop crying and get ready for 2012, you're going down.

    March 22, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. HypocriCNN...And Again...And Again!

    Another Game Of The HypocriCNN He-Said + She-Said Game That They Love To Play. "Catchers" Mitt Romney Is Nothing More Than A Hypocrits Bridesmaid Trying To Become The Bride.

    March 22, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. john in binghamton NY

    Oh yeah Mitt, there are big differences between your plan and the one that just passed. <-– Sarcasm

    March 22, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Enough

    DNC are so out of touch that we don't care what they think. I support anyone who votes against this disaster that will only destroy the quality of care we receive.

    March 22, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. mark

    please save our Country Mr/ Romney, 2012!!!

    March 22, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Dave

    I'll say it again. Liar!

    March 22, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    All I ask Mitt Romney, is you give up your and your family Health Care . I am and a few more people are going to make sure you know how unhappy we are with you and some more of your Republican party. Oh, by the way all of the America people are not unhappy with the President. I do not know what poll you are going by. It is the make believe poll you guy got going for your self to make you feel good. I do not thank the Republican voted for the President do you? I do not thank you will vote for him in the future.

    March 22, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Nick

    The Democrats are right here. Romney is a total hack, as is Scott Brown. Unfortunately, I'm not sure the Massachussetts model is what the Dems want their plan to be tied to, as the plan is nearly bankrupting the state and kept afloat only through federal subsidies. It has overrun estimated costs by 2:1 and Massachussetts has faster-than-average rising premiums. They probably should have studied that better before imposing that model on the rest of the country.

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

    Bipartisanship can only exist when there are two parties in the room.

    The Republicans left the debate long ago. I'm still waiting for one viable compromise offered by them.

    March 22, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Kevin from Boston

    It is no longer 'news' when Mitt the Twit flip-flops on a previous position. It would be news if this soul-less, spinless, shifty pol took and kept a principled stand that might not endear him to the far right. He either completely deceived Massachusetts voters to get elected Governor by portraying himself as a moderate or he's currently trying to deceive the cavemen and women of the Repub conservative wing into thinking he's 'one of them.' Whichever it is, Romney has not the courage of his convictions..........and you can rant all you want about Obama and Pelosi and even idiots like Palin and Beck but at least they are what they are.

    March 22, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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