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Evolution of a Bad Idea: Fmr. Romney Advisers Visited White House to Help Craft Obamacare

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By Doug Powers  •  October 11, 2011 04:50 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Herman Cain said he’ll be going after Mitt Romney at tonight’s debate, so maybe the Herminator will mention this:

The Obama administration may have relied much more heavily on Romney’s Massachusetts healthcare legislation as a blueprint for Obamacare than was previously believed.

White House visitor logs obtained by NBC News revealed that three of Romney’s healthcare advisers had up to a dozen meetings with senior administration officials, including one in the Oval Office presided over by President Barack Obama.

“They really wanted to know how we can take that same approach we used in Massachusetts and turn that into a national model,” MIT economist and Romney healthcare adviser Jon Gruber told NBC.

What’s more, the records show Gruber was given a $380,000 contract in 2009 to help draft new legislation based on the Massachusetts healthcare law.

The White House tapped another Romney adviser, John Kingsdale, who in 2006 was put in charge of the state agency tasked with implementing Romney’s healthcare plan. In 2009, Kingsdale attended three White House meetings on healthcare.

If that report is hard to read, it might be because it’s got the White House’s fingerprints all over it.

On the same subject, I ran across this yesterday: Romney’s Massachusetts health care law appears in his official portrait in the Massachusetts State House. Check it out. It’s like a “Where’s Waldo” of things that will come back to haunt you.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Update from MM: I wonder if Romney will make a cameo in Gruber’s Obamacare comic book?

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