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Santorum: Romneycare ‘In Some Respects’ Worse than Obamacare

Traverse City, Michigan – Rick Santorum zeroed on in Romneycare today when attacking his top rival before a crowd of several hundred Michiganders.

Calling Romneycare “the model for Obamacare,” Santorum said of  Obama and Romney’s health care programs that “on their very foundation they are the same.”

“In some respects, Gov. Romney’s plan is worse,” Santorum added, noting that while Obamacare forced small businesses with fifty or more employees to provide insurance or face penalties, Romney’s health care plan started the penalties at the ten- employee threshold.

“He says,” Santorum said of Romney, “but ‘oh, I don’t want it at the federal level therefore I’ll repeal it.’”

“Wow,” Santorum added, a sarcastic edge to his voice, “that’s a big difference: ‘I’m for government running your life only out of the state capital, not the nation’s capital.’”

Then he pivoted to the general election.

“Why would the people of Michigan,” he asked, “put up someone who can’t make the fundamental argument at the core of this election and give that issue away to Barack Obama?”

UPDATE: Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul e-mails in response: “Congressman/Senator Rick Santorum is a Washington insider who is lashing out at Mitt Romney because his campaign is floundering. Back in 2008, Sen. Santorum endorsed Mitt Romney for president because of Mitt’s ‘conservative’ record. Now, Rick’s changed his tune. This sounds like another case of Rick Santorum abandoning his principles for his own political advantage.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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