As he prepares to debate Romney, TPaw now calls the health care law ‘Obamneycare’

Heading into the first Repub prez debate that will include Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty on Sunday said the similarities between between Obamacare and the health care bill that Romney signed as governor of Massachusetts are so deep that the federal bill can be called “Obamneycare.”

It’s true, as TPaw said, that the Romney bill included an individual mandate and that Obama has said the national bill was to some degree based on the Massachusetts bill. Romney has tried to finesse this problem (often described as his biggest political vulnerability heading into the primaries) by emphasizing that his was a state-based approach and not a massive national overreach. On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked TPaw if he accepted that Romney’s argument that this is a fundamental, principled difference. Replied TPaw:

“President Obama said that he designed Obamacare after Romneycare and basically made it Obamneycare… What I don’t understand is that they both continue to defend it.”

Pawlenty deflected several invitations from Wallace to be more explicit in criticizing Romney. He chose instead to just repeat that the idea of an individual health insurance mandate was suggested to him several times during his governorship and he always rejected it. Here’s the clip:

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  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 06/13/2011 - 09:57 am.

    Next thing you know, former Gov. Pawlenty will be trying to work “refudiate” into his speeches.

    Nice try, Mr. Pawlenty, but coining new words is Sarah Palin’s schtick, and by copying it, you pay homage to her without adding a single thing to your own brand.

    And about that brand: I fear, in an age where the most passionately interested and engaged members of your party like their politics hot and spicy (Piri-Piri bird’s eye pepper hot), the parts of your personality to which you still have access,…

    (which do not include the ability to experience or express genuine passion about anything or anyone, unless you’re so thoroughly and dangerously provoked that your psyche trots those parts out in the guise of a much younger, less mature version of yourself as we saw after the legislature overroad your gas tax veto a few years back),…

    leave you seeming to be about as interesting as a meal of boiled cod, mashed potatoes, white gravy, and “wonder bread” served on a white plate with milk for a beverage served in a white glass.

    Of course if you were to recover the aspect of your personality which would allow you to feel and express passion in a mature, healthy, well-integrated way, it’s likely you’d also recover the aspect that would allow you to express and experience COMpassion, perhaps even EMPATHY, and then you’d no longer be able to be a Republican.

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