Obama, Romney sweep health care laws under a rug

CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Here's a tag team for the ages: Richard Nixon, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama.

The arc of history joins all three in the cause of universal health care, promoted by Nixon and advanced in laws enacted by Romney and Obama. So where are the high fives between the current president and the former Massachusetts governor?

The most significant health care law since Medicare gets barely a shout-out from Obama. And when Romney must talk about what he accomplished in Massachusetts, it's only because someone's got him on the defensive in the Republican presidential primary campaign.

The Supreme Court will consider what Republican opponents call "Obamacare" late this month. If the law survives, "Romneycare" in Massachusetts will stand in history as its precursor, not the first time a state played laboratory for social policy.