Axelrod needles Romney on health care
January 31st, 2011
12:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Axelrod needles Romney on health care

Washington (CNN) - Top Obama advisor David Axelrod, who left the White House last week to lay the groundwork for the president's reelection campaign, is already needling a potential Republican rival.

In an interview with USA Today, Axelrod goes out of his way to credit Mitt Romney for implementing a universal health care plan when he was governor of Massachusetts that shares many similarities with the White House-backed law that has proved so unpopular with Republicans.

"We got some good ideas from him," said Axelrod in a clear effort to highlight Romney's involvement with implementing a law similar to that which is so disliked among Republicans nationwide.

Romney has stood by the 2006 implementation of universal health care in Massachusetts, but has said it was drafted to address Massachusetts's problems, no those of the entire nation.
As for the Republican field as a whole, Axelrod said it is the "most unfathomableā€¦ of my lifetime."

"I don't think anybody in the media or in either party can tell you with any degree of certainty who the Republican nominee will be," he said.

Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Health care • Mitt Romney
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Bart in Omaha

    Romney has flip-flopped on all of the big issues of today: health care, abortion, gun rights, gay rights, pardons and even in the 90's he claimed he was not a fan of Ronald Reagan. Now, if you believe him, he is all things Reagan. Also, everyone of his flips just happen to be politically expedient. (He also states he is a big hunter, when he's not.) This guy is a complete phony. Repubs have always used the "flip-flop" as a measuring stick. We will see if it really is.

    January 31, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. A. Goodwin

    Romney – Voted most likely to abuse a dog (for those who do not know the background story of Romney and his family pet – go look it up, its a doozie). The guy is a complete joke. I live in New England, and have watched the Romney ticket now at least once. Nobody from this area gives a rats-butt about him, and besides healthcare, did very little for his state (but put it more in debt). Fact is, he didn't have a chance last time and he doesn't have much of a chance this time – no matter who is running with him. Too many conservatives as well that do not like that he is Mormon. He's not as radical right as most in the GOP hope he could be. And could someone tell me what he does for work besides run for political office?

    January 31, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Jaime

    To Ray from Georgia,
    If you're so against Big Government, why aren't you screaming about farm subsidies? That's big government intruding on our food production and thus controlling what we eat. We drink soda because corn syrup is sweet. We eat cereal because wheat is cheap. Are you going to rail against farm subsidies? How about corporate welfare? Mandates that the government buys medicine's without negotiating for lower prices?

    Where were you when Regan and Bush 1 were running up the debt and deficit up at levels never before imagined? I suppose you were praising Clinton when he and the Republican congress were able to get a budget surplus and start paying down the debt while seeing tons of job growth. Did you say anything when Bush's tax cuts came in and returned us to HUGE DEFICITS?

    I have a feeling you talk a good game about the debt, but the truth is you don't actually care about the debt or America. You are just a sock puppet with Dick Morris' hand so far up your 'sock', that you don't even realize that you are part of the problem.

    Let's stop demonizing Democrats and acting as if Republicans haven't been not only complicit but an active participant of graft and greed to get pet projects and jobs for their district or their priorities. Instead, let's talk about who can get us out of this mess, and start praising the right people. Like Ron Paul, for example.

    January 31, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. terry, va

    Romney has seen the error of his ways. This proves he is smart and can adapt in making executive decisions. Obummie is either too stupid to see what a mistake Obuumie care is or he is truly a socialist determined to undermining our country's core principles. It is probably the latter. Luckily the court system will take care of his socialist agenda.

    January 31, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    It is not needling if you only state the facts.

    It is Romney doing the flip flopping by saying he was for universal health care in MA before he was against universal health care for all Americans, which as patterned after the plan in MA.

    And the purchase "mandate" was a con idea back during the Clinton years when cons were protecting their constitutes, big business.

    January 31, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. anthony

    Ray E. (Georgia) what you are failing to grasp is Health Care is NOT a hand out. Its a universal right. Its not Welfare.. its not a people not wanting to work but still wanting to get paid.. its people wanting a right to get or qualify for treatment, in a very corporatized Health industry that is run by Insurance companies. I doubt this qualifies as "someone having to make the trains run on time". This are basic core life principals... we all have a right to be healthy, and if you dont believe in that, then i cant wait for someone in YOUR family to become deftly ill with no means of covering the health costs.

    January 31, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Huntsman will be the Manchurian Candidate the republicans try to weasel in. Wait and see. Read up on him. He's truly looking for a 4 or 6 term presidency. Huntsman, people. Remember the republcan name.

    January 31, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Vet in TX

    Romneycare, the gift that keeps on giving! I can hear his followers now, blame the democratic government but not the governor who signed it.......please! Had Romney been running in 2010 for anything, the tea party would have treated him like the Bennett in Utah. Romney is done, the GOTP needs a viable candidate and the ones who they have are clueless! Everything they are yelling about "what Obama wants to do" is the SAME thing their leaders have done and continue to do. It's hard to admit when you've been played just like the right says about Obama, just like the left says about the GOP. Face it, when the other 41% of registered voters go out to vote in 2012......"the voter's have spoken" so deal with the results and find a new way to reinvent youself.

    January 31, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We have a start with getting more people covered. The problem is that we don't have enough doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. If we had more of them and less of a need for medical/dental/mental health insurances, we might be better off. The idea behind this program is get more people eligible for health insurance so that more people can get regular check ups and not cost a bundle when the end up at the ER where the state and federal government has to pick up the cost.

    January 31, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Rick McDaniel
    that's what happens when you get most of your "facts" from FoxNews and turn a deaf ear to everything else. Truth is that the so-called "ObamaCare" is more popular than you think once the truth about it and what it offers has come out. Mitt needs to stop running from HC reform and man up like Palin says stand behind his product. Either defend it or say it was a total mistake he regrets.

    January 31, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I never heard the Republicans attack Romeny during the time he installed healthcare in his State of Massachussetts and Romney has always been a Republican.

    January 31, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Dave

    Axelrod is a major....ROD. A cabalist if there evr was one. Then again, Romney is CFR, too!

    January 31, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Seriously?

    Don't blame the messenger here. Romney did what he did. Now he has to own up to it or find a slick way to get around it. This guy can not be considered serious Presidential material. He is just a good looking guy who would be great a selling cars. Not much more there folks . . . Sounds like the perfect Republican candidate to me.

    January 31, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Why does anyone see a person who's total amount of actual experience as an elected offical amounts to less than 18 months more than Sarah Palin's as presidential material? Did any of his business ventures result in a new product being created, or hordes of manufacturing jobs being created?

    The answer to the second question is no and nothing. Romney made money for investors at the expense of the jobs of working people, then pocketed his millions and moved on. His tenure as governor resulted in a contortionist's act of waffling which should make anyone suspicious, and he never put himself back up in front of the voters of his state to see if he met their litmus test. His willingness to bail on Massachusetts after one term was not the noble act of a Washington, but the crass motives of a politician who wanted the only other executive job he feels is worthy of him. He is, to paraphrase a 19'th century politican describing Jefferson Davis, as ambitious as Lucifer.

    January 31, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And don't forget, he also belongs to what is called a cult by just about every other Republican/Tea Party member in the country! How will they reconcile his LDS membership with their personal beliefs?

    January 31, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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