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Mass. Democrats 'Thank' Romney For Health Law

Just a day after former Gov. Mitt Romney formed a committee to explore a possible presidential bid, Democrats are drawing attention to what conservatives see as Romney's biggest fault. (Steve Brown/WBUR)
Just a day after former Gov. Mitt Romney formed a committee to explore a possible presidential bid, Democrats are drawing attention to what conservatives see as Romney's biggest fault. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

Massachusetts Democrats went out of their way Tuesday to recognize former Gov. Mitt Romney's role in enacting the state's five-year-old health care reform law.

Democrats are banking on Romney's past support of the law to hurt him politically among Republican primary voters who have made no secret of their disdain of the national health care law, which was modeled after the Massachusetts plan.

Standing next to a giant sheet cake with "Thank You Mitt" written on it, John Walsh, the chair of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts, admitted it's being done somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

"I don't know if this is the issue that will sink Mitt Romney," Walsh said. "As the chairman of the Democratic Party, and as someone who lived in Massachusetts when he was governor, I'll be looking for whatever that issue is because I don't think he would be a good president for us."

The chiding comes on the fifth anniversary of Romney's signing of Massachusetts' health care law, and just a day after he announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee.

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This program aired on April 12, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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Steve Brown is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR's State House reporter.

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