No, no he shouldn’t.

(The Hill) — President Obama pointedly praised on Monday the healthcare program Republican Mitt Romney installed as governor of Massachusetts.

Obama singled out Romney for praise over his healthcare plan, which shares similarities with the president’s own healthcare reform law, in a bit of backhanded praise for the likely Republican presidential candidate.

“I agree with Mitt Romney, who’s recently said he’s proud of what he accomplished in Massachusetts,” Obama said at a gathering of governors at the White House.

Romney’s wrestled with how to present a defense of his plan to potential primary voters. He’s said that, given the chance, he might not pursue all of the same reforms, and last week his spokesman said that Romney was proud of having made an attempt at healthcare reform.