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 Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.
Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.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that some liken to the legislation just passed by Democrats in Washington, is calling for President Obama's plan to be repealed.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 For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed.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

    Well..........romney should know all about abuse of power,
    bureaucrats,historic usurpation , etc........just ask all the people that were forcefully removed at the will of the McCain bill in 1997 that the Morman church had worked tirelessly at forover 30 years.....so that a "foreign" coal company could get the land.......did they take care of the land? no. did they strip the land? yes. What happend to the people removed? well.....the youg children,women, men and elders became ill, may died. Birth defects were horrible. Why? they were put on top of a site 2nd only to Cheranoble. TOXIC. Is this romney's form of health insurance plan? A healthy one? no.
    He who is not guilty of what he charges Pres. Obama with ......pick up his/her stone.................
    That is what I thought.
    can not wait for his next statement.

    Just for the record.........Pres. Obama thank you for all that you have done and all that you will do..............Speaker Pelosi and Sen Reid and all those involved , thank you.

    to all those gop rep......................your no vote said it all.....your jobs and your rep insurance plan will be going to the person who will take your seat.

    to those 34 dems that voted no...........good bye to your seat......hope you can afford your own health plan.........

    March 22, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Louise A. James

    This is quite rich coming from Mitt Romney. He knows that this health care bill was more than necessary to help bring the United States of America into the 20th c entury. That's why he brought in similar reforms when he was governor of Massachusetts. His statement is just more partisan Republican gamesmanship, and has nothing to do with ensuring that all Americans, regardless of social and economic status, have access to reliable and affordable health care, just like the citizens of pretty much every other industrialised democracy in the world.

    President Obama has not abandoned the principle of bipartisanship – the Republicans have. It is they who have chosen to be the mouthpieces of the insurance industrial complex rather than the voices of Americans who cannot afford healthcare. Shame on them and shame on Mitt Romney.

    March 22, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. jm for sc

    If the health care bill is similar to the one Romney implement in his state, then he is the biggest hyprocrit in the Republican party. I guess he should repeal the health care plan for all Americans except the ones in his state which controls his election.

    This will not help him to become president which is the only thing he is after.

    March 22, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. jfs Memhis, Tn

    The only betrayal was the the alleged Tea-Partiers which now appear to have been a Republican driven group that tried to decieve the average voter into thinking that those, vulgar and militant nasty crowds, were a majority. Guess what....it didn't work. Speaking of work....that's what we moderate and independent voters expect of the GOP in the next coming months. They were sent to DC to legislate ( as in making laws...supporting revised legislation, generating and getting to vote new legislation, and stop perpetuating the Nov. 2008 loss). You sir and the GOP have managed to set this country back 200 years. SHAME ON YOU...and all your DC cronnies that only say NO !!! You have yet to realize what a mess you have driven the Party of Lincoln into. Unless you folks bring some positive and problem solving legislation that will help fix this economic disater you folks have gotten us into...November 2010 will be UGLY for the GOP.

    March 22, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Doug,lib jersey

    What would George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy say if they knew that our nation was now forcing Americans to pay for health insurance that the govt. approves of and that if they don't comply they will end up in jail?

    Obama and every Democrat in America are more aligned with the beliefs of Stalin, Mao, and Hitler than they are with the beliefs of Washington and Lincoln.

    March 22, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Realist

    Mitt has not a clue about what he speaks. Mitt is your typical run of the mill republican who is trying to become relevant on the national stage. When he ran, his own party did not buy the garbage he was selling and he thinks americans are going to buy his garbage now. Mitt is foolish to say the least, even if the republican gain control of the senate and the house, they will not have the votes to repeal anything. And by the time the election for the White House comes around, people will be benefiting from the health care reform. And any republican that runs on the *Repeal* message will be repelled from the national stage. And Mitt republicans did vote for the senate version.

    If republicans are so against goverment controlled health care, how come they don't opt out of their goverement run health care they have?

    March 22, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. JFK

    How can you attract an audience that says "no" all the time. Republicans have too many healthcare lobbyists in their pockets pushing for little or no change on this debate. Thats not what America needs. Republicans had 6 years under Bush to fix healthcare, did they do it? NO! Did they care about it? NO! These hypocrites needs to quietly go away and stop embarrassing themselves.

    March 22, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. HartfordDem

    It's nice to see Mitt "unflintching" Romney stand-up on principles and not rhetoric, name calling, or unfounded sound bites fed to him by his party. Did he not push and pass a similar healthcare law in MA.

    I wonder what his position will be next time the wind changes directions.

    March 22, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. get real

    Romney needs to get a real job.

    March 22, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Anonymous

    As usual, Mitt Romney shows himself to be the idiot that he is. He bandies about these charges such as "betrayed his oath to the nation" when all that happened was that his party lost the battle on health care reform. The passage of this bill was conducted in proper fashion–the side with the most votes won. When his party was in power, they did the same things to pass legislation the Democrats did to pass this health care reform bill. Now it is his turn to cry and moan about how unfair it all is...the same thing the Democrats did when they were the opposition party.

    My hope is that the legislation in question will help those without health insurance get it so that they can get the care they need. I have seen too many people who were ill not be able to get the care they need because they could not afford it. To me, that is sad, and it shouldn't happen in this country. But it does, every day. Every single day. And when someone cannot get health care, it can have disastrous results for that person and their families. A recent Harvard University study came to the conclusion that approximately 45,000 Americans die every year because their inability to access health care as a result of the inability to get health insurance. 45,000 people. All of them individuals. Many of them have mothers, fathers, children, friends who depend on them. And yet, we have so many people who follow the conservative mantra, "I've got mine, and you can play hob to get yours." That is exactly what conservatism is all about.

    March 22, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. HypocriCNNstigators!

    If It Isn't "Catchers" Mitt Romney Adding Comedy Relief To The American People.

    March 22, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Rik

    And I suppose then Romney too betrayed his oath? He got similar legislation in his state as governor. What a hypocrite!

    March 22, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Dieter Zerressen

    The Dems cooperated way too much with the R's to begin with and ended up with nothing to show for it. Better would have been to do a purely Democratic bill (public option, medicare buy-in) and forget about getting any support from the Republicans. They are the party of "no" even though Romney as Governor supported state run health insurance in Mass. I hope they try to run on repealing health care for kids and no life time caps. Sweet.

    March 22, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Johnny Salami

    The lunatic fringe has taken over the GOP. They sound more like the John Birch Society every day. And don't even TRY to tell me that a lot of this outrage (and the Barak Hussein Obama junk) isn't fueled by the belief that a black man is President.

    March 22, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Wisconsonite - Stop Smoking the Tea Bags!

    Oh quite the contrary Romney, quite the contrary. We have a president who has stood up for working class Americans . . . finally! You, Romney, and your party are the ones who have time after time after time after time after time "betrayed" America! And Americans WILL remember who is on their side when they cast their votes . . . make no mistake about it. The obstructionist, on the side of the insurance industry, Republican Party is not going to be going anywhere in this country for a long, long time!

    March 22, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. FM

    Hear this Repubs. The damage which was caused on you by "W" is beyond repair. Why always twisting things all the time and not ready to co-operate and serve the people? Instead you throw blames to your opponents!!!

    March 22, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Clint, Wa.

    Another sore loser, get a life.

    March 22, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. A keen observer

    Just another failed republican throwing stones. Moreover, republicans will never accept Mitt Romney because he is a Mormon not a rabid evangelical "christian".

    March 22, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Dakota

    3 words Mitt......YOU HAVE LOST

    March 22, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. CEE

    If you put money and politics aside, and you care about people, it's the right thing to do, but if you are selfish and greedy and only see profit, then you need help.

    March 22, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Terry in Iowa

    Because the republicans choose to obstruct and to run a fear and hate campaign, our President has betrayed his oath? Mr. Romney, you should be ashamed of yourself. You again have demonstrated that you only care about the politics and not solutions. President Obama, promised healthcare reform and he has delivered.

    March 22, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. James Miller

    The REAL strong arm tactics are being weilded by the Repubs on their own legislators. --They all appear to have "gotten the message" from party headquarters. --- No independent thinking allowed.--

    March 22, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    CNN I'm done with you. DONE.

    Look, one side is saying that this bill will pay for abortions. The other is saying this bill won't pay for abortions. These two statements are mutually exclusive. Only one can be right. So instead of having Wolf Blitzer sit there like a deer in the headlights letting one side LIE, just blatantly outright LIE, how about you present the FACTS, call out whoever is lying, AND DON'T LET THEM KEEP ON LYING. Isn't that what journalists are supposed to do?

    Goodbye CNN.

    March 22, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Darth Cheney

    Premise 1: I'm a patriot
    Premise 2: My opponent did what I did
    Conclusion: My opponent betrayed the nation
    It takes a very special kind of Kool-Aid to keep this sort of "logic" going...

    March 22, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    OMG, how utterly insignificant and ridiculous republican talking points have become . . .

    To date: That hopey, changey-thing. Obama's Waterloo. Betrayed his oath.

    Umm, Mitt. It took a great leader to accomplish what has been unsuccessfully tried by many others before ...

    And, by the way - between you and me - I rather think the American people are absolutely tired of the republican *togetherness* as it has been displayed this past year with it's fear mongering, lies, and hate.

    Take a long hard look in the mirror, Mitt. Bringing us together is a 50/50 endeavor, don't you think? Please explain how your own particular brand of twisted criticism against President Obama is helping bring us all together?

    What a silly man you are, to be sure . . .

    March 22, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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