Over the course of defending his decision to pursue a national health care push that he said he knew would be politically unpopular President Obama fired a salvo at his potential challenger in 2012, Mitt Romney.
The transcript of his appearance on “60 Minutes” reads:
President Obama:…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.
KROFT: In what ways?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, partly because I couldn’t get the kind of cooperation from Republicans that I had hoped for. 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 — that, you know, we would be able to find some common ground there. And we just couldn’t.
And that was costly partly because it created the kind of partisanship and bickering that really turn people off.
Obama’s campaign strategy against Romney would be pretty clear — to emphasize the similarities between their two health care plans, and use that issue to highlight Romney’s reputation as a flip flopper.
Another observation: It’s pretty audacious for Obama to blame Republicans for making it politically costly, because the reason why health care dragged on for so many months was that it was difficult to even marshall the support of members of his own party in Congress.
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