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 Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.

Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.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that some liken to the legislation just passed by Democrats in Washington, is calling for President Obama's plan to be repealed.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 For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed.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

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Bruce

    What is he talking about? The President hasn't even signed the bill yet and Romney is already on the scene with this radical right-wing opinions. Is this how he would act if he were to be president...impulsive? We've already had ten years of impulsive behavior when the repubilcans and Bush controlled congress and/or the presidency.

    March 22, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. cool j

    What a great day for the American people and for president Obama! The bluster that you hear from Republicans is because they know full well that they won’t be able to recind this bill, there are too many appealing aspect to it that the American people will come to enjoy. A president that they’ve have tried to demonize will be known as the president who brought healthcare reform to all Americans, the Rep can’t take that away, regardless of what happens in November or 2012.It is really funny to read comment from people who blast president Obama for increasing the deficit …he and his administration averted the collapse of the banking system. Without it many who attack him today would be unemployed and lining up in front of food banks.

    March 22, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. John DiGilio

    Oh for crying out loud, shut up Mitt!

    March 22, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Sgt. USMC


    It sure is difficult to read with all of this crying going on. Stick to state issues you hypocrite!

    March 22, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Independent

    President Obama upheld a promise he was voted into office to deliver by the American people and somehow that is "betrayal" in Romney's hypocritical attempt at sad hyperbole.

    The president tried to work with Republicans, including many of their provisions, yet the GOP chose partisan nonsense over working together on this important issue, which almost mirrors Romney's MA health plan.

    March 22, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Susann

    Wow. If the socialist healthcare was good enough for you Mitt to put into place in Massachusetts, I don't see why it's suddenly an abuse of power for Obama. He should be ashamed for making such an egregious accusation as "betrayed his oath to the nation". I really don't know where the real conservatives are these days. It appears the Republican party is full of hypocrites and too many who consider Palin the best and brightest they have to offer.

    March 22, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Brion

    Romney comments are upsurd! He cares more about scoring so called political points than he does about the American people. Especially, for those that will benefit the most. The bill may not be perfect and it isn't going to cure every single problem we have in the current healthcare industry, but it is a bold move in the right direction for sure. Of course President Obama wanted this to be a bi-partisan bill, but the Repubs made a political calculated risk in not supporting this bill although it has hundreds of Republican amendments in it. I trust that Obama is doing what he deems to be the best and the right thing to do regarding Healthcare Reform. I don't trust Romney to do anything but try to score political point. What Obama and Congress did is CHANGE we can believe in. "Yes We Can" and "Yes We Did".

    March 22, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. timothy

    What oath did he betray exactly. Mitt go away already the wealthy just don't and never will get it they can not relate to those who are poor, needy, impovished or low to middle incomers; however, they want to represent who their own self-interest.

    March 22, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. kyle from ohio

    Here is a flip flopper, talking about bi-partison when none was offered, and when the president took on some of the Republican ideals they still said NO. So tell us how do you attract flys with salt.

    March 22, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. josephine

    The Republicans made it clear that they will try their best to make this president fail in order to get back their power. Limbaugh made that very clear soon as Obama was elected. Power is their priority and not the American people.

    March 22, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Marilyn

    For the first time in my life I will be voting Republican in November and again in 2012. I have never voted Republican in my life and now I will never vote for a Democrat again!

    March 22, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Dave in Albuquerque

    Do we have a case of "oath envy" going here? So far, no one has asked Romney to take that oath. And given reactions like this, he'll never be asked.

    March 22, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Jonathan

    I have been waiting to hear the Muppet's reaction all day and I am not the least bit surprised that he could herald this legislation as MA governer, but then completely 180 when it comes to a national scale that would threaten his political ambitions. What a goon.

    March 22, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Justin

    Sorry Mitts.... the bill passed on a majority vote, if the Republicans chose not to play then it was their choice.... I wonder how many will be eager to accept "Obamacare" for their state even though they cried, kicked, and screamed over it.

    March 22, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Crazy Cat Lady

    Baloney. It's the Republicans in Congress who've failed their oaths to serve this country's best interests, who've done nothing constructive to find solutions but only lied, obfuscated and obstructed any and all attempts by our President to find common ground with them.

    March 22, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Stacie

    President Obama can do nothing about a group of THUGS who are have no problem with one of their own calling Rep. Bart Stupak a baby killer. Disguisting!

    There are over 30 REPUBLICAN amendments in this bill! You can include their good ideas, but you can't make anyone vote one way or another. After listening to Rep. Boehner last night, it is obvious this is all politics to him. The Republicans' behavior was disgraceful, and the American people saw that last night.

    March 22, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Dave

    Who cares what this silver-spooned idiot thinks? Romney has never known a day in his life when he couldn't afford anything, let alone health care. No one cares what he thinks and this will be proven yet again when he gets his arse handed to him in the GOP Presidential primary. Talk all you want, Mitt. You're irrelevant and your opinion means less than nothing. Get used to it.

    March 22, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Yes We Did!!

    Mitt must not recognize that this bill is similar to what Massachusetts residents have.

    March 22, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. h. lewis

    How cynical, deceitful, and politically crass can Romney get? He aspires to lead the Republicans in the years ahead. I guess that explains these qualities–the potential leader racing to the bottom to match the hypocrisy and negativity of his followers. The Republicans dogmatically refused to collaborate on health care in an effort to destroy President Obama (look up "institutional racism") and Romney has the unmitigated gall to accuse Obama of "betraying his oath" for not "attracting a single Republican vote". And then accuses Obama of "bribing" members of the House of Representatives. How could any American consider voting for a man of such cynical, hateful, divisive, and self-serving words and purposes.

    March 22, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Bill NY

    There were never going to be or will never be any republican votes for any of the president's programs. You can't try to cross the aisle to work with those who want you to fail at any cost. Right now I can only look upon the republican party as terrorists. In the past 10 years the republican party has been as damaging or more damaging than any terorist organizaton in the world when it comes to the interests of the USA.

    March 22, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Karen, MD

    And so the campaigning begins in earnest.

    The "my way or the highway" attitude of the Republicans is what killed bi-partisanship. From day one, these folks had no intention of working with President Obama or the Democrats.

    Unless you have some constructive suggestions you have no business commenting. That's just my opinion.

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

    The Republican Party is the my way or the highway party. They have purposely held up appointments to President Obama's cabinet, complained about everything he has tried to do. From getting the Olympics here in 2016, to closing down Gitmo, to Health Care, ETC.

    He has adopted Republican ideas in this health care bill, but face the facts, Republicans don't want ANY kind of health care reform. Sure, they say they do now, but where have their ideas been in the last 100 years?!

    Stopping gays from getting married was more important that health care reform. Passing two tax breaks that were not paid for was more important that health care reform. Going to war with Iraq was more important that health care reform. Passing a prescription drug program that wasn't paid for was more important than health care reform.

    You get the idea? Why haven't you done anything about this at all before now? Where were your ideas then?

    March 22, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Ron

    Maybe it's time to start talking succession again. When government does not follow the will of the people then maybe it is time for us to breakaway and start a country that does. When a country does not promote and reward initiative and hard work, while "giving" away money to those that don't, it is only a matter of time before the country callapses. Enjoy your Socialist country but I hope that those of us who work hard and care about this great nation rise above and promote succession.

    March 22, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Patrick

    Like he himself betrayed the people of Massachusetts?

    March 22, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. truebob

    Romney said: , The President "has betrayed his oath to the nation" by failing to attract any Republican votes for the bill." Some one should remind this fat cat that you can lead a Pig to water, but you can't make them drink. Suffering and loss mean nothing to these people unless it is money. AM I MY BROTHERS KEEPER? Apparently not, Cain. But you should be.

    March 22, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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