Massachusetts Democrats plan to mark Tuesday's fifth anniversary of the state's universal health care law with balloons, speeches, and a sheetcake.
For former Governor Mitt Romney.
The tweak is aimed at embarrassing the expected Republican presidential contenders as he continues to criticize the Obama administration's federal universal health care law that is based on his Massachusetts law.
Democrats in New Hampshire, the lead-off presidential primary state, also plan to hold a news conference in Concord to symbolically give Romney a birthday card. They're also serving cake.
Romney says states should be free to devise their own health care programs as he did with the Massachusetts measure he signed into law on April 12, 2006 and not have one imposed upon them by the federal government.
"Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh and others will put aside partisan differences on Tuesday, April 12th, to acknowledge Mitt Romney’s role in passing the state’s health reform law," the party said in an email.
The ceremony will take place at the party's new headquarters on Summer Street.
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