In an interview yesterday with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gov. Rick Perry -- without naming names -- appeared to trash the health-care law that Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts in 2006, dubbing it "kind of like this Obama thing."
The comment came as Perry was outlining his belief that states should be laboratories for policy innovation, but that some states don't always get it right. "If some state decides to do something like pass a health-care plan that, you know, is kind of like this Obama thing and it's a failure then we kind of go, 'Ooh, we don't want to do that," he said. "And that state may have been harmed by it, but the whole nation was not."
There's certainly no love for Romney -- whose health bill has been widely compared to Obama's -- in that statement.
The criticism takes on an added sting as Perry threatens to crash Romney's frontrunner status as he mulls entering the 2012 race, but it's consistent with what Perry has said in the past. Perry wrote something similar in his book "Fed Up," which was published last year. Here's what he wrote then about federalism and health care.
"On the other side of the coin, Massachusetts is free to experiment with state run health care. If federalism is respected, the people of Massachusetts are free to try it while the rest of the nation sits back and watches to see if they have any success, and whether any success they do have is worth the price of losing liberty. Now, we in Texas are not too excited about the prospect of government-run anything, much less health care, and the federal health care legislation - known to most as ObamaCare - is a direct result on the principle of federalism."