CNS News 
May 20, 2011
peaking to Democratic contributors near Boston Wednesday, President Barack Obama gave a tip of the hat to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney – a potential opponent in the 2012 presidential race — for an “assist” in passing national health care reform.
“Our work isn’t done. Yes, we passed health care with an assist from a former Massachusetts governor,” Obama said to laughter at the Democratic National Committee gathering in Brookline, Mass.
“Great idea,” Obama added, to more laughter. He never mentioned Romney by name.
Democrats and Obama administration officials frequently invoke Romney in defense of their health care plan – an apparent attempt to drive a wedge between Romney and conservative Republicans, who like neither Obamacare nor Romneycare.