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Latest Ad Fodder for Romney Opponents: Mitt Praises Ted Kennedy for Securing Federal Support for Mass. Health Law

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By Doug Powers  •  October 14, 2011 12:20 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

This flashback could be coming to the campaign ads of many GOP hopefuls, not to mention Obama, fairly soon:

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Reason.com points this out:

One other thing to note is that Romney praises Kennedy for helping make the case that federal support was necessary to fund the state-based coverage expansion. Romney likes to criticize President Obama for cutting Medicare and raising taxes in order to fund ObamaCare. But of course, as a governor, Romney didn’t have the option to cut back on Medicare, a federal program. So, with the help of Sen. Kennedy, he convinced the feds to kick in another way, with expanded Medicaid funding that ended up paying for half of the program’s publicly budgeted cost.

The Massachusetts state law wasn’t as far removed from the federal government as Romney would like people to believe, which is why the Obama administration was happy to entertain pointers from Romney’s advisers when they were crafting Obamacare.

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(h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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