March 22nd, 2010
10:02 AM ET
8 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 Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.

Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.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that some liken to the legislation just passed by Democrats in Washington, is calling for President Obama's plan to be repealed.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 For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed.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. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Basically, every member of Congress who voted for the health care takeover betrayed the American people. A majority of us didn't want it, but Congress passed it anyway–a politician can't more thoroughly betray his constituents than that.

    March 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Fed Up

    How disingenuous can Mitt Romney be?

    Obama and the Dems approached their GOP counterparts many times and even included some features Republicans favored in the final bill.

    It is NOT Obama's fault that no Republicans voted for the bill.

    If Mitt needs to parcel out blame it should go to John Boehner and his minority leadership. Boehner's stonewalling tactic was wrong at every count and he was inept at getting the Dems to concede more points to the Republicans.

    It's time for a change alright, it's time to fire John Boehner.

    March 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. An American First

    I think Republicans really think that Americans are stupid, and that is what is arrogant about their entire stretagy. Their strategy is to basically not cooperate at all at any cost and then blame the other team for "not been able to convince them" into supporting the bill. I hope we are smarter people than that to see this through.

    March 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. wwf

    You can bring a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink. Sound familiar GOP. You failed as well.

    March 22, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. kincas

    FORGET Republicans...

    March 22, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Bigot Watcher

    This snake oil salesman needs to be quiet. He has enough wealth where he can say what ever he wants. But most of what he says is untruthful. But obviously he is following the Repugnut mantra. If it is good for the poor, middle class, minority, it is wrong. Get over your self you idiot.

    March 22, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Dave


    March 22, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Prometheus

    Mr. Romney seems to forget about how much the Democrats tried to get Republican input on this subject. If you want an example of voting along party lines just look at how the Republicans voted. They all voted along party lines, because of fear of re-election. When he calls on Obama making "fraudulent accounting". It wasn't Obama who came up with those figures about savings, it was the Congressional Budget Office that came up with those figures.

    March 22, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Americans stop the bickering and slaughtering of your Government.

    The rich and famous people like Ronny don't want healthcare reform because they don't care about the poor. These people are murderers yet they are the onces that are pushing back onthe obortion statement in the bills. What corrupt nation we are living in. God give us the grace to survive these attacks. God bless President Obama and the Democrats. May they have 16 years in power to fix America.

    March 22, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Gpenn

    The GOP made it clear from the start. They were going to oppose anything Obama did and try and sink his presidency. You can have bi partisanship if only one side is willing to bend.

    March 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. cjr

    oh, mitt get over your self – – what you and your fellow republicans/tea party folks would have done for this country would have continued the destruction that GWB, Cheney, rumsfield rove etc. started. Did they ever consider doing anything to help with heath care – No they were too busy lining their own pockets. No to the party of No!

    March 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Tom

    Well Mitt,

    Isn't that just a terrible shame? Of course, if the GOP would start thinking on behalf of the citizens instead of being OBSTRUCTIONISTS, maybe they could have participated in Health Care Reform. But nooooooo, they just whine and complain like children. After 8 years of Bush/Cheney, what GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. Now big a big boy Mitt, and go get your cuticles done!

    March 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. lila

    Oh shut up. Your health care plan was not that different. Boo hiss. Grow a pair and point out the good things about the bill and then talk about how YOU could make it batter instead of this high drama crap. I'm so sick of the GOP doom drum. It's the only beat you know. It was a 24/7 doom drum for 8 years under Bush. All you guys know how to do is scare people. You are no longer the party of my father. You guys are old and scared and jump at every noise.

    March 22, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. double standard

    We do not need the GOP...So,KISS OFF !!

    March 22, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Elle in WA

    Obama MADE an oath to his nation and is the first President to DELIVER what the people wanted. The only reason you're whining is because your name isn't on the bill, even though most of it follows exactly what you wanted. You Republicans missed a fantastic opportunity by your own hand, so don't come crying in November when the people vote OUT the party of "NO".

    March 22, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Good grief

    Ummmm....Ken (of Ken & Barbie)....NO HE DID NOT. He promised Health Care Reform and he GOT IT. Sorry you are a complete MORON.

    March 22, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. lila

    The GOP failed to work in good faith. When they claim their aim is to make Obama fail it is hard to make a case that you wanted to help him pass bills. You guys are so old minded and full of it.

    March 22, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. buckwheat

    He did not betray anyone.He campaigned on redistribution of wealth.Was no one listening?

    March 22, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. al in memphis

    Does he sleep with press releases next to his bed ?

    Where was his press release about the insurance company raising the cost of premiums 30-40%? Do you think more Americans got health care when the insurance companies raised premiums– that right fewer because they no longer could afford it. And now where do those same people go– to the emergency room where it will cost them much higher to get much worst health care.

    I'm not in favor of the government running anything, but we have too many recent examples of corporate greed bankrupting this country and the suffering of Americans isn't even an after thought to these corporations.

    March 22, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Dr.George James

    Hardworking Health Insurence Company sympathisers like Romney are naturally angry.Health reform cannot make sense to them!!!

    March 22, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Jack

    Mr. Romney

    As an Independent; and a former Republican, at least the Democrat's did something, I may not agree with all of it.

    And you Republican have a rude awaking.

    I and a lot of my friends that were Republican will not vote GOP nationally but will vote conservative locally and state, but there are not enough words to describe your childish actions!

    March 22, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. George

    Hey Mitt, you are an idiot. The republican's lost any cred by failing to do anything about healthcare when they had the chance. How about we repeal your citizenship and send you to Costa Rica with Rush.

    March 22, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Russ from Md

    Let’s get to November and vote the stupidity out so we can start repealing this monstrosity before it can hurt America. While we are at it, lets impeach the crook who started it all.

    March 22, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. NC

    Mitt Romney for President in 2012......he has common sense and business sense.......i know he would be the one to get our country back on track.......Vote for a Republican in 2010 and 2012.......

    March 22, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Mitt for brains

    What an idiot !! It's called being in the minority, Mitt.

    According to this genius, Obama has two options, do nothing, since the Cons will be against anything Obama favors, or go ahead and advance the agenda you campaigned and won with and allow the Cons to scream partisanship.

    The partisan behavior lies in the Republican camp. To suggest otherwise is laughable.

    March 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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