President Obama today gleefully pointed out the chink in former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s armor – his state health reform plan – using it to strengthen the chink in Obama’s armor – the federal health reform law.
I agree with Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s proud of what he accomplished on health care in Massachusetts and supports giving states the power to determine their own health care solutions. He’s right.
Romney, perhaps at this point the GOP presidential primary frontrunner, indeed recently sent word that he is “proud” of his health care plan, while trying to differentiate his state program from the “one-size-fits-all” Obamacare. But Romney’s prescription for universal coverage in his state reminds enough people of Obama’s plan that he’s going to have trouble living it down.
And Obama, who spoke today at the White House to the nation’s governors, is making clear he’s ready to blur any differences and hold hands with Romney in health reform brotherhood, while Romney responds with the political equivalent of, “Yick, get away!”