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Martin O'Malley On GOP: 'Only Health Care Mandate They Can Embrace Are Transvaginal Probes For Women'

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) took a heck of a shot at Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) Friday on a conference call organized by the Obama campaign following the Supreme Court's health care ruling.

"The only health care mandate they can embrace are transvaginal probes for women," he said of Republicans. McDonnell signed a mandatory ultrasound bill in March that required women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion. The bill was later revised, allowing women to opt for an abdominal ultrasound.

The primary focus of the call was whether or not the individual mandate constituted a tax or a penalty. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) , who was also on the call, insisted on the latter. O'Malley spent his time arguing that the mandate would only affect some 2 percent of the country.

The provision, he added, "was also in Romneycare, or as [Louisiana] Governor Jindal just called it, 'Obamneycare.'" Jindal had just been on a conference call Friday morning with McDonnell, during which he was discussing the health care law and let slip the phrase "Obamney" before catching himself.

Sam Stein contributed reporting.

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