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March 22, 2010

DNC drills Romney over health care opposition

Posted: 09:00 PM ET

MITT ROMNEY WILL BE ON LARRY KING LIVE TUESDAY NIGHT AT 9PM ET!

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 Romney said the plan should be repealed.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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DR GARY   March 22nd, 2010 9:12 pm ET

THE DEMOCRAPS MADE HISTORY LAST NIGHT. THEY ARE PROUD OF IT. HOWEVER, THEY ARE NOW HISTORY. . . THEY ARE DOOMED. DOWN THE TUBE.
The majority of the democraps (I did spell it right.) took a major step as one commentator said, “shereading the Construction.” Muslim, Husain said in his speech to the nation. “We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tacking big challenges.” Muslim Husain left out one line, “and moving closer toward destroying America’s foundation., I put Husain and Panokio (oops, Pelosi) on the same level as Hitler and Castro. Same mentality and moving toward the same direction. They do not care about what the Americans want. Those are BIG DEMONS that they operate under. THINK ABOUT THIS. IF THE Health Care Reform plan IS SO great, WHY DOES IT EXEMPT, Michelle, Congress, Senators and their families? See PAGE 114 LINE 22. IN MOST CASES, it’s going to be the same people who have no health care FOR GENERATIONS. YOU CAN’T DRAIN BLOOD OUT OF A TURNIP. Most are, “GENERATIONAL WELFARE FAMILIES.” THEY’LL BE PUMPING OUT MORE BABIES BY THE MULTITUDE AND WE’LL PAY FOR THEIR ABORTIONS. The Grandma’s will get board. They won’t be raising them while they go out to reproduce. (Meow) The Middle Class Americans will be taxed eventually to pay. Muslim Husain needs to be Impeached and Nancy Panokio removed. THE ONE GOOD THING THAT WILL COME FORM THIS. It will be a long, long time before another democrap is elected as president. WE NEED AN INDEPENDENT. God’s Word says,


luckybee   March 23rd, 2010 12:06 am ET

Is n't Mitt Romney a Mormoon?They don't follow the teaching of Jezus Christus,but of Joseph Smith.ergo he is not a presbiterian.


luckybee   March 23rd, 2010 12:26 am ET

Have you seen how the Katholieks has mislead you: even the Mafia's ofsprings are gouverning you; sie Nancy Pelosi, Napolitano and many others. It has started with the Criminal familie as the Kennedy's.The Mormons will do the same to you.Before you realice your baby daughter is married to one of them, as de 7Th wife or something.


aliceb   March 23rd, 2010 1:01 am ET

Why are republicans such a negative, nasty, hateful group of people?


balinda   March 23rd, 2010 1:33 am ET

The Rep's set out to divide the Country in 2000.Bush never intended to bring the Country together in 8yrs the gap only got farther apart. Bush and the Rep's nearly destroyed this Country. where was this outrage when they spent and borrowed their way into not 1 but 2 wars, why weren't you angry then? Now everyone wonders how we got in this mess? Just one more thing the Bush family gave us. The Bush plan nearly wiped out the middle class in this Country. Well now those that got , gona have to pay till the country recovers from all the gifts of the past 8yrs.


Ann-Virginia   March 23rd, 2010 3:23 am ET

Mitt Romney's religion has nothing to do with any of this.Just proving idiots & hypocrits come in all religions.


Muhammad   March 23rd, 2010 4:58 am ET

I was born in Pakistan which is a failed state by all aspects. The president of Pakistan comes to Washington every year colllects some donations, goes back home and gives universal health care to all citizens of Pakistan! A poor and failed country like my former country Pakistan can afford to provide free health care to her citizens and and Alas! the richest country United States Of America can't? What a shame!
And these people screaming out there against health reform, who really are they? Why were they quite when Obama spent Billions to bail the rich Bank owners?
Billions of tax dollars are spent on fighting war in iraq ! where were these people? Why werent they sreaming to stop Bush from Invading Iraq?Now i am starting to get it why these people were quite! This war was not to free Iraqi people! It was for Oil! Thier mind was set on Oil thus they underestimated the consquences! Motivation was not freedom, motivation was "American Gread" who ended up creating another Iran! What were they thinking? It scares me to witness the haterd of riches against poors and less fortunate! The haterd of whites towards blacks and wise versa!
I pray to God that America's enamies do not take advantage of this "Hate"!


eJay   March 23rd, 2010 9:41 am ET

The Republicans say this bill was passed without their voice, and input, yet they have not had a voice or input in the past nine years. They work for the Insurance execs, and not for the people.


Eddie   March 23rd, 2010 10:20 am ET

Just a bunch of losers standing in the way of success. This is shameful!! Sore losers as ever...Talking loud and saying nothing!! Just angry beast growling that they're tricks and lies didn't stop a health care system that will help the country......Stooping to every level....SHAMEFUL! AND DISGUSTING!!


Kat   March 23rd, 2010 10:26 am ET

I cannot stand the sight of people like Mit Romney! Get ove rit! You did not win the presidency. You are all white, envious people who hate the fact that a black man governs! Ever see any other white politician suffer such drama in history? No.

About time black people stand up and fight back for our president and tell you all to back off!

For years we have loved and supported white politicians and presidents. This once none of you wish to support a black president. We can't go back to Africa when we were chained, beaten and dragged here to build the White House!

About time we move in Romney. McCain, instead of fixing healthcare, you signed up to destroy a country with NO WMDS. Now you have the gall to talk about no cooperation to help sick and dying Americans? The sight of you make me sick.

Our black men die for America everyday because you signed up to put their lives on the line and today you stand with your mumps jaws to speak as if we should die for the flag but never really live under the flag? We ought not to be presidents and first ladies? How dare you!


Chuck   March 23rd, 2010 10:32 am ET

LKL, thanks for having Mitt Romney on. It will be refreshing to hear from someone intelligent who has had some direct experience with healthcare reform.


Apple   March 23rd, 2010 10:32 am ET

America rots from the inside because politicians like Romney and McCain prefer to spend the money fighting wars which put Americans more at risk than to develop high speed train systems and better healthcare for Americans.

The Publicans sold America to China!

Europe has a better train system and healthcare. They spend more on HC too. Check for yourselves foolish people. In England, your doctor sends you a letter to remind you of your apptmnt. You never have to wait for insurance companies to tell you if you can have treatment or not. The doctors treat you. The only time that you have to wait is IF you need a specialised treatment which is sort of rare.

You never have to watch your child die becaus einsurance companies which you have paid years of money DEBIED your child life.


Apple   March 23rd, 2010 10:33 am ET

America rots from the inside because politicians like Romney and McCain prefer to spend the money fighting wars which put Americans more at risk than to develop high speed train systems and better healthcare for Americans.

The Publicans sold America to China!

Europe has a better train system and healthcare. They spend more on HC too. Check for yourselves foolish people. In England, your doctor sends you a letter to remind you of your apptmnt. You never have to wait for insurance companies to tell you if you can have treatment or not. The doctors treat you. The only time that you have to wait is IF you need a specialised treatment which is sort of rare.

You never have to watch your child die becaus einsurance companies which you have paid years of money DENIED your child life.


Apple   March 23rd, 2010 10:33 am ET

America rots from the inside because politicians like Romney and McCain prefer to spend the money fighting wars which put Americans more at risk than to develop high speed train systems and better healthcare for Americans.

The Publicans sold America to China!


Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 10:35 am ET

@Muhamed I agree with you....!

Where were they when Bush was spending all the money Clinto left to fight war instead of fixing HEALTHCARE??

They make me S**I**C**K!!


Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 10:38 am ET

America is a very strong country. Very good country BUT America is destroying itself INSIDE OUT because of its double standards and hate for each other!

NOBODY CAN DEFEAT America but Americans and that is what they are doing and the enemies are watching and laughing!

People would be foolish to vote such a hateful Republican party back in


Eli   March 23rd, 2010 12:25 pm ET

When Doctor Gupta and other practitioners say they lose money with Medicare, what they really are saying is that they are not making as much money as they want. Doctors are the biggest rip-off in the system. Just because they will have to wait a little longer to get that third Mercedes or vacation house does not mean they are losing money.


A. Smith, Oregon   March 23rd, 2010 1:14 pm ET

Apparently Ole' Mormon Mitt Romney is upset. With the recent huge defeat of the Republican party despite over 400 Million lobbying dollars were spent to defeat, America has a Health Care Bill signed into law today.

Many Mormon's typically have large family's with 6-8 children. I would think Mormon's would certainly applaud lowering their health insurance costs which would be considerable!

However, Ole' Mormon Mitt Romney is joining the constitutional challenge against America's Health Care Bill. States that sign onto that failed exercise will spend hundreds of millions of dollars from their scant State Revenues to place this challenge before the US Supreme Court, only to lose.

America's Health Care Bill is the largest deficit reduction law ever mandated into law, saving 1 Trillion taxpayer dollars or more over the next two decades. With all the Republican bluster over the need for deficit reduction, not a single Republican was present for the Signing Ceremony today at the White House!

Ole' Mormon Mitt Romney's presidential nominee platform for 2012 is going to be repealing America's Health Care, what a joke.


A. Smith, Oregon   March 23rd, 2010 3:04 pm ET

Using LIES to create the War in Iraq, Mormon Mitt Romney and his Republican comrades blew thru 1 Trillion taxpayer dollars, over 4,000 brave American soldiers lives and pushed American into a 7 year ongoing foreign war.

Using Courage and standing up to racist threats, President Obama signed into law the largest deficit reducing legislation in modern history, saving over 1 Trillion taxpayer dollars over the course of the next 20 years.

The Republican's are sore losers and a disaster for America's domestic policy's and domestic spending. The more Republicans complain, curse, scream and yell racists epitaphs the better the Democrats look.

Good for you President Obama, and Good for all America!

Way to go Obama, show Ole Mormon Mitt Romney the moral and just way to help all Americans.


Muhammad   March 28th, 2010 2:11 am ET

Folks i am so happy that Obama and the good dems worked hard to pass this healthcare bill, they certainly made history! Obama cares for people and he is a people's president not the president of thugs of organised crime Mafia, insurence and drug mafia, Big Bank mafia and racist lobbies!
For a pay check to pay check citizen of America like myself, its very hard to buy insurence for $600 monthly! I could own a home for that much payments monthly! So i never ever went to hospital just becuuse i do not want to be distroyed financially. I have been healthy untill recently right after my 35th birthday i started having some pain in my soulder. My wife insisted me that i should seek a doctor. I felt like my wife is telling me to give my checkbook to a thief!
I gave up and was taken to a community clicnic! The doctors there seem to be working for the big hospital so he refers me to the big hospital for some scanes,exrays and tests. Two week passed before i get the results from the doctor i got the BILL !! $3800.00 for dont know what, $490.00 for just reading one exray!, another $960.00 for a test that i dont knwo what was that! So now tell me folks that hospital and doctors are worst then highway robbers! I am screwd now! To see that bill i got more sick! i might loos my house soon! I built my credit for 12 years of hard work now its at risk too. I had to put down my integrity and go and ask a hospital charity to forgive my bill, the worst feelings that i felt myself a begger! I am still waiting for their response! You knwo whats gona happend? they probably will send the bill to collections and i fear they will make me pay! Why do they charge such amount for such a small workk! $500.00 i blieve is big amount for the tests they did on me! But $100.00 should have been very fair for each test!
I pay tax on my wages, i pay tax on pump, i pay tax on every dollar i spend! but what does the Uncle Scam does for me? Nothing ! Nada! He leaves me at the mercy of these theives when i get sick!
America need to have a health care like England and France if America CANT afford then at least have a health care system like in pakistan! (Pakistan happen to be at the other end of recieving US aid) Access to basic and preventive health care to all citizen regardless of color,race,religion or political affiliation! I would rather stand in the line for whole day for a government provided doctor then the doctor who will make be bankroft! I make $370 weekly! to say up to 6k dollars i will stand for the whole week! may be whole month! Obama,s Health care is something better then nothing! but making US citizen buy mandetory health insurence after 4 years is like same old thing! Still insurence companies will more money then ever!
All employed amerricans pay social security witheld from their each pay check! Why dont the government have a health care system that with helds small amount of money $10.00 for each week or $40.00 monthly from all employed Americans who make less the 45k yearly and double the earners above 45k! All citizens should be drugg tested before providing government health coverage, body fat above normal should pay double premium.Wouldnt that raise enough money to give all american a good health care? Not all people get sick! so Uncle sam will have enogh money to go on more fiascos!
Mr. Obama and fellows Dems thanks for the good job.


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