Months ago, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich spoke of health care reform as an issue that had compromised Republican Mitt Romney as much as it had President Barack Obama.
Both may be muttering an “I told you so” or two today. Via the McClatchy/Tribune wire service:
WASHINGTON — There’s a conspicuous holdout in Republican Party messaging that President Barack Obama’s landmark overhaul of the nation’s health care system represents a tax increase on middle-class Americans: the party’s presumptive nominee for president.
Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior Mitt Romney campaign adviser, said in an interview Monday that Romney agrees with Obama that the mechanism to enforce the so-called mandate that Americans have insurance — a provision modeled after the Massachusetts law Romney had signed as governor — was a penalty and not a tax, a statement that runs counter to what the rest of the GOP has argued in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling last Thursday.
“He disagreed with the ruling. He