Steve Kornacki’s latest article: GOP’s RomneyCare freak-out


Mitt Romney’s campaign press secretary, Andrea Saul, has kicked up a bit of a storm with her response to a new ad from a pro-Obama super PAC.

The spot, which was unveiled Wednesday, features a man who lost his job when Bain Capital shuttered the Kansas City steel plant he worked at in 2001.  “When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant,” he says in the ad, “I lost my health care and my family lost their health care. And a short time after that my wife became ill.” Some vital context is missing, and the Romney campaign is on solid ground in crying foul.

But when Saul appeared on Fox News on Wednesday, she went much further than that, telling host Bill Hemmer that if the man and his wife “had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care.”
It took a while for Saul’s comment to go viral, but by this morning several conservatives were voicing their displeasure, including Red State’s Erick Erickson, who quickly penned a post titled, “The Moment All the Doubts About Romney Resurfaced on the Right.” There was also the Washington Examiner’s Phillip Klein, who added this: “Not sure if the Romney camp realizes what a huge opening they’ve just created for Ds on Obamacare.”

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Steve Kornacki's latest article: GOP's RomneyCare freak-out