President Obama tied his own healthcare reform law to Romneycare today, a growing theme that isn't helping the former Massachusetts Governor in his early positioning for 2012.
"I think that the Republican Party made a calculated decision, a political decision, that they would not support whatever we did," Obama told Matt Lauer in an interview. "And I think that's unfortunate because when you actually look at the bill itself, it incorporates all sorts of Republican ideas. I mean, a lot of commentators have said, you know, this is sort of similar to the bill that Mitt Romney passed in Massachusetts."
Both liberals and conservatives have criticized Romney for supporting individual mandates on the state level when he was governor and opposing them on the federal level when Democrats proposed them. Obama certainly knows that calling attention to this won't help his potential opponent.
(Romney's supporters might argue that there's a constitutional difference between federal and state mandates, but Romney did seem to support federal mandates back in 2008.)