Turn your head and cough: President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign on Thursday marked the 6th anniversary of Mitt Romney’s health overhaul in Massachusetts with an online ad touting it as the inspiration for “Obamacare.” Never mind that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has vowed to kill Obamacare on “Day One” if he wins the White House.
The three-minute spot aims to blunt Romney’s attacks on Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement as well as paint him as a hypocrite or a flip-flopper. It could serve to remind conservatives who loathe Obamacare’s requirement that Americans have insurance (or pay a penalty) that the so-called “individual mandate” is also at the heart of a Republican-authored health reform.
Romney has repeatedly countered there is no contradiction in his stance: he is proud of his achievement in the state of Massachusetts but believes that a one-size-fits-all federal version is the wrong path for the country.
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