Why Obama Should Run on His Record

The economy's improving, he's winning wars and he's using Romney's health care plan -- why not take that case to America?

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The Individual Mandate

Romney backers are twisting themselves into knots to justify the individual mandate in Romney's Massachusetts health insurance scheme and distinguish it from the mandate in Obama's health insurance scheme. This week, conservative lightning rod Ann Coulter penned a column bluntly acknowledging that until Obama came along, "mandatory private health insurance was considered the free market alternative to the Democrats' piecemeal socialization of the entire medical industry." She might provide cover for Romney in the GOP primaries, but it also means Romney will have to come up with a better way to explain away his position in 2007 that the individual mandate was "a good model for other states."

Because as things stand now, in future debates with Romney, all Obama will have to say in defense of his plan is, "You were right, Governor Romney ... that's why we copied your plan."

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