[...]Unfortunately, ObamaCare will be off the table as an issue if Romney is the nominee in 2012. For many Romney detractors, the problem is two-fold. Not only do we want to take back the White House in 2012, but we want the full repeal of ObamaCare to be a prominent issue in the campaign. Any health care related attacks on the President would immediately be shot down with a response similar to the one he gave tonight. And to make matters worse, Romney is now on record acknowledging the many "similarities" between his plan and the President's. I suspect that the GOP primary voters will be reminded of this on a regular basis in the not so distant future.
Obama sought in the interview to explain many of his policy efforts as necessary but unpopular medicine needed to address the sharp economic downturn, but he acknowledged that one major contributor to the “big government Obama” narrative—the health care reform law—was something he could have deferred.
“At the time, we knew that it probably wasn’t great politics,” Obama said. “I made the decision to go ahead and do it and it proved as costly politically, as we expected. Probably actually a little more costly than we expected, politically,” he added.
In a hint of a possible storyline in the upcoming 2012 presidential campaign, Obama said the health care plan he backed was specifically designed to mirror those proposed in the past by Republicans, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whom Obama suggested is making another bid for the White House.
“We thought that if we shaped a bill that wasn’t that different from bills that had previously been introduced by Republicans, including a Republican Governor in Massachusetts who’s now running for president, we would be able to find some common ground there. And we just couldn’t,” Obama said.
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