March 22nd, 2010
10:02 AM ET
4 years ago

Romney on health vote: Obama 'betrayed his oath to the nation'

 Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.
Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts implemented a health care plan that some liken to the legislation just passed by Democrats in Washington, is calling for President Obama's plan to be repealed.

Romney, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, responded on Monday to the new health care legislation on the National Review's Web site. The president, he wrote, "has betrayed his oath to the nation" by failing to attract any Republican votes for the bill.

Romney's full statement after the jump:

"America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation – rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.

"He calls his accomplishment 'historic' – in this he is correct, although not for the reason he intends. Rather, it is an historic usurpation of the legislative process – he unleashed the nuclear option, enlisted not a single Republican vote in either chamber, bribed reluctant members of his own party, paid-off his union backers, scapegoated insurers, and justified his act with patently fraudulent accounting. What Barack Obama has ushered into the American political landscape is not good for our country; in the words of an ancient maxim, "what starts twisted, ends twisted."

"His health-care bill is unhealthy for America. It raises taxes, slashes the more private side of Medicare, installs price controls, and puts a new federal bureaucracy in charge of health care. It will create a new entitlement even as the ones we already have are bankrupt. For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today."


Filed under: Health care • Mitt Romney
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Mitt, he bent over backwards trying to appease Republican but they still said no.
    You need to get over it.
    You guys lost.

    March 22, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Gate

    I seem to remember that he made an oath to pass health care reform during the campaign. Also this reform was completely watered down by Republican's. Just because they didn't vote for it doesn't mean they didn't affect it. This is just more political grandstanding by a 2012 wannabee.

    March 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. barking republican ankle biters

    Looks like Mitch got his Gettysburg and not the Waterloo he and his redneck friend in South Carolina'Jim Demented" wanted.You aint seen nothin yet,its time to put the rightwing vampires out of business.

    March 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Val in MA

    I am with you 100%, Gov. Romney. I pledge to support your every effort to repeal this monstrosity. While liberal progressives celebrate, this is truly a sad day in the history of America. We, the people, deserve better! REPEAL the act, and IMPEACH Obama.

    March 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Debby

    Romney should know Mass. is going bankrupt because of his implemented insurance plan. This was Romney's big blunder while in office.

    March 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG – Please – enough is enough. It is time to get together and make this plan work. I am so sick and tired of hearing the RIGHT complaining about this bill.

    "His health-care bill is unhealthy for America..."

    What AMERICA is he talking about???

    Who? The 'few' people who were there on Sunday "shouting" racial slurs and other uncalled remarks??? The RepubliCAN'Ts are digging their grave – actually, they already dug it by not voting for and cooperating. Now they don't know how to get out of it.

    The American people, I KNOW, know the deal and are tired of hearing all of the NEGATIVE complaints coming from the RIGHT trying to justify NOTHING!!

    March 22, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. wally

    Mitt is nothing more than a hypocrit just like every Republican. The people finally won one over the lies of the Tan Man and his Ken doll.

    March 22, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Linda

    Where have you been through this whole process Romney? I thought you might be the Republican candidate in 2012, but your silence has spoken for you. You no more represent conservatism now than Obama does.

    March 22, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Shelly

    What is he talking about???? The GOP has used fear and lies every time our President has tried to something for the American people. If there are road blocks along the way you just have to jump them to achieve progress.
    Americans will NOT forget the scare tactics used by the GOP and their tea baggers in preventing legislation that HELPS millions of our citizens. They are only for the insurance corporations and the wealthy folks.

    March 22, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Tom, St Paul

    He "betrayed his oath" by "failing to attract any Republican votes"?? How stupid does Romney think the American voter is?

    March 22, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Seth

    We will repeal this No good VERY BAD bill, then we will repeal the House and Senate, and unless he changes (highly unlikely).. we will repeal Mr. Obama too in 2012. We have our work cut out for us.

    Isn't it great to live in America and get to let your views be known?

    We will never take our freedom for granted again in our generation.

    America the Beautiful in 2010... and 2012.

    March 22, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Ken, AZ

    Is this guy an idiot, or what?

    March 22, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. zanny

    AND ANOTHER HYPOCRITE SPEAKS!!!!!! When it was your idea, it was wondeful. When it is President Obama's idea, it is a betrayal I sure hope the American voters are smarter than you Republicans think they are. All of your hypocrisy is not going to get you the nomination The Republicans will never nominate a Mormon to represent their party as President. a WASP is the only type they will nominate(white anglo saxon Protestant) Shame on your for selling your beliefs in order to acheive a position you will never acheive. I thought you had more class. I guess the next thing out of your mouth will be he really isn't President because he was born in Kenya or this reform will kill old people. When you come out with a statement like you just did it makes you no better than Michele Bachman of Minnesota a true nut job.

    March 22, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Michael

    Romney, you are like an investment-banker: worthless with shoeshine in the hair

    March 22, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Russ

    Romney, you are such a scum ag sore loser. Let's see, how many Democratic votes did Bush get in many of his behind the scenes, constitutional violationing, activities?. You two faced hypocrite. How can you make such a stupid comment? You and your Republican scare tactics are just that. They are totally unfounded and so terroristic. I thought you and your Bush cronies were fighting a war on terrorists?

    March 22, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. registered democrat from alabama

    Sad day in america congress knows the american people was against this health care plan and congress and Obama don't care what people think

    March 22, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. CH-R

    Wow, and it just keeps getting crazier. Note to rich Senators and Congressmen with good health care coverage and great jobs. If you cannot represent the average American leave Congress. Stop whining, lying, discrediting, and maligning our President and Congressional reps who actually care. You want to power trip? Start your own business. You want to be a public servant? Serve!

    March 22, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Luke

    INCORRECT ROMNEY!!!!!!
    REPUBLICANS are the ones who FAILED.....
    they couldn't seem to put petty politics behind them and do what is best for this nation........republicans were not aginst the health care bill....they were against Obama.
    Grow up Romney, I would start the campaign to rid you of all power, but that job seems to be accomplished.....GET A JOB!

    March 22, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. MikeH

    CNN's Republican bias is showing big time.

    Headline: "Health bill a mileston - or a mistake". Wow CNN are you trying to pander to the Faux Spews mob, that headline's just a tad beyond impartial. Who's the managing editor, John King?

    And STILL CNN haven't posted any articles about the Republican Party being issued a subpoena by the DOJ for possible bribery by Sen Ensign.

    March 22, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. giniajim

    Nuts. Romney is simply suggesting minority rule. The only way to attract a single Repug vote would be to support their plan (whatever that was). They were very disciplined, I give them that.

    March 22, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    This is not News..... Obama has systematically been working at dismantling our Constitution his entire life, and now that he has the power, along with a left-wing Congress, he can complete his mission. I hope all the liberals enjoy all the freedoms associated with being a Communist/Socialist nation..........

    March 22, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Jefferson Handcock

    what the Republican are you talking about

    shut up!

    March 22, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Repubhypocrites

    Suck sour grapes you hypocrite. Republicans were excluded by their own choice. The party of no and obstruction want to do nothing but stall and derail any progress from the current administration. Reps had no intention of working with Pres. Obama.

    March 22, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    Mitt, no matter how you parse it, it's just sour grapes. Obama will go down in history as one of our greatest Presidents and you will hardly get a mention.

    March 22, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Dave

    Republican leaders have made it clear that they would not vote for ANY health are bill NO MATTER WHAT IT CONTAINED. This has been their explicit strategy for defeating Obama in 2012.

    Thus claiming that Obama "failed the nation" by not attracting any Republican votes is blatantly ridiculous.

    March 22, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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