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 Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.
Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.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that some liken to the legislation just passed by Democrats in Washington, is calling for President Obama's plan to be repealed.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 For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed.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


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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Nick , California

    Boo hoo hoo LOSER!!!! You betrayed your country when you put your party and your wanna be presidential bid ahead of the people! You made the choice to be the party of "NO" just to see the president fail! You had many chances to include your ideas into the bill but instead were seeking angry voters for your re-election bid this November. The more you kick and scream just really shows your true colors... and they aren't red, white, and blue!!!

    March 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Sara

    What in the world is he talking about? The bill is SOOOOO similar to HIS healthcare bill he signed while in office in MA. What a crock...

    March 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Get Used To It

    Sorry Mitt. This is a huge victory for Obama. It is going to be the first of many. It is going to be a long time before Republican'ts are relevant. I think you probably never will be relevant again. :(

    March 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. slipthalo

    'failing to attract' any Republican votes? He needs to be berating the Republicans instead – they've called it his 'waterloo' and have become the obstacle politicians.

    March 22, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Perry

    CNN, wake up. Conservative talking points today are on how bad the bill is, how they will encourage people not to participate, what's wrong with everything. I can tell. The historic nature of what happened yesterday is not the lead story. What is WRONG with what happened yesterday is the lead story. And you so called journalists put it out there without question like some mindless lemmings.

    American politics has become a "psy ops" operation. Who can you influence with the information you provide whether true or not. And the Republicans are not beyond repeating lies to impressionable excitable people. Are they the type of people we want governing us?

    Stop the overwhelming negative reporting, unless you are just a yellow journalism rag. Please consider what you make news. There are valid points, there are political points. The Republicans are going to incite people to violence and then tell the President that he must scale back his agenda to save the nation.

    Don't you have an obligation to question what you are told?

    Or are you just a loud speaker, and negative press sells.

    March 22, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. CHIPS

    You want a be President idiot. Go some where and set down. Keep listening to Demitt. You people lie so much to you make the word lie ashamed of it self.

    March 22, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Sky

    It is highly disingenuous for any Republican besides Mitt Romney to feign an interest in revamping health care. After all, most of the people who need real help in fighting unscrupulous insurance companies are not the constituents of the Republicans. We have discovered that insurance companies are their constituents, that they are less than altruistic and that realization came about 30 years ago. The Republicans have held the White House for about 20 of those years with no mention of real health care reform in their limited domestic agenda. Now that the Democrats have taken up the issue, Republicans have tried to convince a country that knows otherwise that they are suddenly interested in domestic issues. To suggest that they have worked in Washington every day for the last year and couldn't get the ear of the Democrats in putting forth viable alternatives to the current health care situation is an offensive and misleading mantra that they have chosen to trumpet in order to paint Democrats as interested in peoples health, but not interested in the proper Democratic processes of our legislative institutions. This is bunk and we have had 30 years to ready ourselves and stabilize ourselves with both hands for this conservative reaction of intentionally trying to sink the boat once health care got its due hearing. For once, the Democratic base will be energized enough to withstand an onslaught of Republican challengers in November who are bent on turning the focus of the American legislature away from badly needed discussions on domestic issues like immigration, don't ask, don't tell and financing education and back to failed myopic views of foreign policy that are glued together with conservative ideological spit.

    March 22, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    AH SHUT UP

    March 22, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Elder

    We should turn our backs to Washington when this "twisted legislation" is signed. I really mean to do so and would like to see this done by others. When I find out the time of signing, I will go outside and turn my back toward Washington to demonstrate what Congress did to the American people.

    March 22, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Tired and Broken Ant

    Grasshoppers, this is a joyous time! It is a time for celebration and dancing and jubilation!

    Ants, shut up and get back to work. Millions of grasshoppers are depending on you.

    March 22, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. D.S.

    Who cares what this blowhard hypocrite thinks. He took credit for the health care overhaul here in Massachusetts until the political winds changed a bit. Then goes on to trash the state that elected him Governer for being too liberal although he ran as a social moderate at the time. You can't believe anything that comes out of his mouth.

    March 22, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Jim in Ozark, MO

    Happily, I'm not a Mass resident, so I can never 'not vote' for Mr. Romney. But as an American, I can always 'not vote' for Mr. Romney anytime he runs for public office. I wasn't in favor of Mr. Obama for the Presidency; not a Democrat; and extremely concerned about increasing deficits, but Mr. Obama is my President; appears to be working hard for the people; and seems to reach out to we Republicans. But we Republicans do not reach back. Like too many Dems and sideliners (independents who waste their votes on non-competition candidates), our GOP puts the party first and the American people way down the list. Health care needs reform. One of the first people in my High School class that died did so because she had influenza but couldn't go to a doctor and pay for medicine. That's just wrong. No American should die because they can't afford antibiotics (she was too proud to accept free medical support because of her financial position). We've had government provided/supported medical insurance for decades: the military has it for free; federal employees have it; and Congress has great government insurance. As a retired soldier and retired civil servant, I have it and it's great! I choose my own carrier and pay good premiums. I don't cringe at helping those who can't pay their own way. They are Americans. But I must confess I don't like paying for the likes of Mr. Romney and the current congressional buffoons who spend their time posturing for cameras and not working. Blaming Mr. Obama for not having Republicans voting with him or working in his administration is foolish. We Republicans don't accept positions when offered; one accepted then turned around a day later to turn it down; and refuse to vote yes on anything. We vote the party line, not the American line. I never thought I'd vote for a Democrat, but the current Republican bozos force me to do so. So, Mr. Romney, don't look to me for a vote.

    March 22, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Crazy Harry

    What a hypocrite! The republicans have no interest in cooperation. Most are racist, xenophobic people who couldn't be convinced to take food from a democrat if they were starving.

    Hopefully, one day the supporters of these idiots will see the light and vote them out of office.

    March 22, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Gilliard

    Run Mitt, RUN! Your words are so insightful. You are just brilliant. Presidential material no doubt!

    March 22, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Bob in Pa.

    Barack Hussein Obama
    Nancy Patricia Pelosi
    History always remembers and identifies notorious assassins by their three names. The duo that will be remembered for slaughtering freedom in America should be no different.

    March 22, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. roger

    Come on Mitt, it's not like he got us into a war that cost thousands of Americans their life in pursuit of ficticious WMD's?

    Be a good boy Mitt and go back to doing what you do best, nothing.

    March 22, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. alpha_nu_916

    hard to have bi-partisanship when one party is solely intent on seeing you fail.
    what seems "unconscionable" is to call health care legislation mirroring the legislation passed in your state & signed by you unhealthy for america. what a hypocrite . . .

    March 22, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Jon

    WHat a piece of dung. This is pretty much the same thing he himself put in place in his state.

    Republicans are scum.

    March 22, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Marc

    Let's see...
    'enlisted not a single Republican vote in either chamber'
    But he tried, made concessions and all, and got the 'NO' that seems to become the mantra of the GOP as answer.

    '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.'
    Again with this mumbo jumbo? No matter how many times this is proven wrong (except for the 'raises taxes' bit) GOPers repeat ad nauseam because THEY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY!

    'For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today.'
    The 'campaign' started in President Obama's inauguration. 'I hope he fails' remember?

    March 22, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. realitybites

    What a hypocrite Romney is.
    This health care plan is a lot like the healthcare plan he passed as a Gov.

    March 22, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Navy Vet

    Romney shut up. You were a lousy businessman sending jobs overseas, and you were a lousy Governor.

    Failing to attract any Republica votes is not betraying his oath of office. Continuous obstruction of the Republican party is.

    March 22, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Joe

    No wonder Romney was so good at hosting the Olympics. He's a world champion hypocrite and flip flopper.

    Is there any thing this guy won't say or do to get attention so he can waste more of his money on another failed presidential bid?

    March 22, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Metzger

    Sorry Republicans. President Obama gave bipartisanship more chances than any President in the last five decades. If you won't come to the table for an honest debate, that's your problem. "Start over" is not a viable option, and they know it. The Democrats have made ALL the concessions in this argument and the Republicans have made none.

    Democrats:
    No single payer? Fine.
    No robust public option? Fine.
    No weak public option? Fine.
    Not even any Co-ops? Fine.
    No federal insurance marketplace? Fine.

    Republicans: Scrap all your ideas and embrace all of ours. That's bipartisanship.

    March 22, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. independent jim

    Quite the opposite Mr. Romney. President Obama was voted into office to get things done that you Republicans just don't want to get done. The republicans could have joined in, yet you just wanted to keep things the same, siding with insurance companies instead of the working people of the USA. While not a perfect bill, it goes a long way toward fixing a very broken system.

    March 22, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Shermani

    America needs Mitt more than they will ever know. He is a true leader, and American. I can not wait for him to be our president!

    March 22, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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