Earlier today, the Obama administration did something unusual — it praised the work of a Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. The interesting question is, were they just being nice, or passive-aggressively trying to ruin his campaign? Given the timing, and the issue at stake is universal healthcare, probably the latter.
"We have said before that health-care reform that then-Governor Romney signed into law in Massachusetts is in many ways similar to the legislation that resulted in the Affordable Care Act… Massachusetts took a smart approach towards health-care reform. Its provenance was so mainstream, there are great similarities between Massachusetts' law, the Affordable Care Act and legislation proposed by then-Rhode Island Republican [Senator] John Chaffee in 1993."
The Massachusetts' law went was passed by Mitt Romney when he was governor of the state. Yesterday, Mitt Romney made a national speech calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (stop calling it Obamacare!), which makes the secretary's statement look like a rebuttal, but a very tactical one.
I can't help but be a little pleased when I see the Democrats taking the not-so-high road and playing the political game aggressively. Not because I think it's actually good for the country, but because they've been so pummeled by the Republicans' adoption of same that it's nice to see a little payback. It's also telling that our political culture is so polarized that, for a Republican, a compliment from the President seems like a knockout punch.