Remember that RomneyCare wasn't Romney's. It was a compromise between what Romney wanted and what his liberal state wanted. It was only coined "RomneyCare" after ObamaCare was coined and Democrats needed some fodder. The Massachusetts Health plan was not only a compromise between Romney and Democrats, but also received the sign off from the same kind of conservatives that now constitute the "Tea Party". 11 of the 13 Tea Party points were recognized and implemented into the Republican platform for 2012 at the same time Romney was being nominated as the Republican candidate.