March 24th, 2010
10:38 AM ET
4 years ago

Romney gets behind health care repeal push






(CNN) - Former and likely future presidential candidate Mitt Romney is vowing to support conservative lawmakers who pledge to repeal aspects of the health care reform bill that President Obama signed into law Tuesday.

Called "Prescription for Repeal," the new effort from Romney's Free and Strong Political Action Committee is promising to fund members of Congress who "will repeal the worst aspects of Obamacare and restore commonsense principles to healthcare," according to a statement released Wednesday.

Romney's PAC has already singled out three GOP members of Congress from Ohio: Reps. Jean Schmidt, Steve Chabot, and Steve Stivers. The PAC is sending each candidate $2,500 for their primary campaigns.

Appearing on CNN's Larry King Live Tuesday night, Romney took aim at Obama for failing to attract any Republican support for the health care reform legislation.

"What he is supposed to do is have a plan that is bipartisan," Romney said. "The process was one which violated the principles which he played out during the campaign and was a power push by a single party."


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  1. Ben in Texas

    "Repeal" is the Repugnant by-word of the day. Since they have zero chance of actually repealing anything, I have a better by-word for them: Rehab.

    Every senator and representative of the Repugnant persuasion should immediately check into rehab. It has worked for other celebrities who have fallen off the wagon in one way or another. It's pretty obvious that the Repugs are in bad need of retooling, since they are now tilting at windmills and showing other evidence of insanity by frothing at the mouth and calling for repeal of health insurance reform. Ain't gonna happen.

    St. Francis once said, roughly, "Lord, give me the strength to change what I can, the grace to accept what I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference." Check in to rehab, Repugs, and find a little wisdom.

    March 24, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Bill in Austin

    Oh, please. Does anyone really care what this loser has to say? He is no longer relevant even in his own party. Would someone from the right wake him up and tell him that?

    March 24, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. pa. independent

    I don't want to hear anything from a man that believes in magic underwear.

    March 24, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Dismayed

    The process of making sausage was uglier than usual because Republicans refused to play. So the Democrats had to cut some horrendous deals to keep everyone on board.

    As for Romney – he is a hypocrite. The national health care reform bill is much like the reform bill that he pushed for when he was governor of Massachusetts.

    March 24, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Mike Cooper

    Bipartisanship is a two-way street. Any Republican unwilling to address the Republican party's deliberate scorched earth tactics is simply blowing smoke. Any Republican that tries to lay blame for government gridlock solely on the Democratic party is not even worth listening to.

    It is disheartening to see former pragmatists like Romney and Jeb Bush and McCain reduced to the mindless regurgitation of Republican talking points. They used to be leaders. The Republican party used to be full of leaders. What the hell happened??

    March 24, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Bjoerlingfan

    Obama and the Dems in Congress extended many olive branches to the Republicans. They ditched the public option and many other ideas that more progressive members of their party favored. They incorporated many Republican ideas in an effort to create a bill that was more appealing. It just wasn't enough for the Republicans. It seemed that they would only be happy if the Dems abandoned their plan and adopted the GOP plan instead, which consisted of tax credits and few, if any, insurance industry reforms (i.e. a joke).

    And by the way, the majority passing legislation, even without support of the minority, is NOT a "power push". It's called DEMOCRACY. In a DEMOCRACY, majority rules. That's the definition of DEMOCRACY. Sorry, Mitt. Buy a dictionary.

    March 24, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. JC from Kansas-40 years a Republican -so sorry

    "What he is supposed to do is have a plan that is bipartisan," Romney said. "The process was one which violated the principles which he played out during the campaign and was a power push by a single party."

    So Mitt where's the bi-partisan approach that was to come from the Republican side of the chambers. Those Republicans that set forth ideas that were adopted, voted against their own ideas once they were adopted. Ideas that had been part of Republican plans in the past that were adopted were voted against by the very Republicans that had initially adopted them. If we have a fault as to who forced this into a partisan bill I would have to say neither side is clean, but the Rebulicans are the dirtiest of the lot.

    Now, it's law. That's it, it's done, want to block the changes in the follow on bill, please be my guest, but it's law. Any changes that are proposed that are not passed will reflect straight back on the Republicans in Congress if those changes were really needed.

    Now, are you really against removing policy caps on insurance policies?

    Are you really in favor of letting insurance companies drop individuals because they got sick?

    Are you really interested in denying covergae to children and others because of pre-existing conditions.?

    Are really in favor of letting insurance companies cherry pick who they will and will not cover?

    Are you really against having a minimum amount of coverage that must be provided in a health insurance plan?

    Are you really against having preventative care provided for in health insurance plans?

    Areyou really against closing the donut hole that effects so many of our elderly?

    March 24, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    What a hypocrite. This is essentially a moderate Republican bill similar to what Romney signed off on in MA. The Republicans have more to be happy about than the liberals. There is nothing in it that liberals like, not universal single payer, not even a public option, not even utility-like regulation on insurance companies.

    March 24, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Sniffit

    What's so hard to understand?

    Repeal in 2011 would require the GOP to gain 2/3 of BOTH houses in order to repeal the bill after Obama vetoes any attempt to repeal it that somehow managed to get to his desk. Moreover, as people start to see and enjoy the benefits of the bill...and see their neighbors doing so as well...and realize that the sky has not fallen and Armageddon actually hasn't been triggered, public opinion is going to shift...rapidly. Beyond 2012, the GOP isn't going to have the public support they think they have now for repealing it. Just isn't going to happen. This is all nothing more than mid-term election year rhetoric. Guaranteed. I suggest the GOPers/conservatives have a good cry, get it out of their systems and move on...because stagnating all the other business of the country with these political shenanigans is going to start getting real old, real quick with practical-minded independents who recognize that you win some and you lose some and want other important issues to be addressed asap.

    March 24, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. cindy

    What a wast of tax payer dollars!.....

    The GOP are acting like "brats" who did not get there way, do they have no shame....

    1.They want to know how this bill is going to be paid for..answer: Taxes..as it should be...We americans are the richest country in the world despite our debt...we can afford to do the right thing! and if you dont make 200 grand a year, YOU will not be affected by this tax increase....if you have more, you pay more...the GOP like to say they are a christian party, and they are always up in arms, about GOD being evicted from classrooms, and America in general because of the scary unchristian liberals.......But boy oh boy you pass a 'collection plate" in front of the GOP on April 15th..and they will call it solialism WWJD indeed! I find it funny that the supposed un-christian liberal democratic party has a record of doing the "christian thing" more times than not when it come to policy....dont you?

    2. The GOP want to keep saying that this bill is nothing more than a "sweet deal" for insurance companies...Answer:
    You have to give, to get...our goverment can not say to a private institution that they HAVE to sell policies to folks with pre-existing conditions and pay claims when folks get real sick instead of dropping them, if they dont give them something in return for doing that!..(that is just business folks)...The Democrats said, you WILL be able to do what we want you to do, because we are going to mandate that every person buys health insurance, which is a win, win situation for everyone..Insurance will cost more in the beginning until the "pool" gets bigger, that is true..but, just like the automotive insurance went up when it was mandated, it DID level out and is now very affordable and there is a very competitive private market for it. Every member of the GOP says they agree with the pre-existing law, yet they say they want to repeal the "madate" well folks you cant have it all one way, to demand that the insurance companies do this, without giving them something in return is frankly IMPOSSABLE....they could not afford to do it! The GOP knows this, and yet they still say they can replace this bill by cutting out all the bad stuff, while leaving in all the good stuff that we like... that is just a LIE! there really is no other way to say it..They are lying....Plain and simple.

    3. The GOP say that if you dont get health insurance you will go to jail, and that this is the first time in History that an american was forced to buy something....Answer: BULL CRAP! I would love for the GOP to tell me one law that is not enforced with a "punsihment" of some kind. I live in FL and we are FORCED to buy a permit, or a license for just about everything, just cause we live in FL....Yet our attorney General thinks forcing folks to buy health ins.is a bad thing, ..But forcing folks to spend 10grand for a new house permit, in this economy is just fine....What a JOKE! The bottom line is this, Laws and the enforcement of those laws with a punishment are the very foundation of any civilization. Law and punishment are not something new and scary, that Obama made up!

    How the mandate works from what I have read...Starting in 2014, a person who can afford health insurace, must buy it or pay a "penalty"
    that penalty will be collected ONE time, when you file you taxes...it starts off cheap like 95 bucks in 2014 going as high as 2.5 percent of your income by 2018,.....AND remember, no one will ever have to pay this penalty..if they buy an affordable health insurance plan, which will only benefit themselves, and the whole health care system, and I really think using this panality to scare folks into thinking that they can face jail time, is childish and just plain wrong...If you dont file your taxes on time there is a penalty, if you get a speeding ticket there is a "penalty" so please folks...why so scared of a "penalty" that only comes into play when you break the law, just like a speeding ticket, if you do the right thing, YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE BIG BAD SCARY PENALTY.....

    3. The GOP wants to say this is a big goverment takeover...Answer:
    If the public option was in this bill, that statement would be true....But it is not so that statement is not true..it really is that simple...frankly this bill will expand the PRIVATE insurance sector, thus creating more jobs in the long run, for folks like you and me, and our kids....and that is a good thing!

    The GOP in my opinion, are sore loosers, and with each passing day my respect for them as a party is getting smaller and smaller because they are an elected goverment party and they are refusing to work on ANY issue, if our ELECTED president is behind that issue even when it is an issue that they prevously supported.....be dammed the american people's needs..that frankly IMO is a disgrace!

    I know that if Mccain and Palin would have won the white house, that the democrats would have worked with them..they may not have liked it, but they would have done it!

    March 24, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Sorry, needed an edit:

    What's so hard to understand?

    Repeal in 2011 would require the GOP to gain 2/3 of BOTH houses in order to repeal the bill after Obama vetoes any attempt to repeal it that somehow managed to get to his desk. Not enough Dems are up for re-election in 2010 for the GOP to pull off that trick. Fuzzy math won't help them.

    Moreover, as people start to see and enjoy the benefits of the bill...and see their neighbors doing so as well...and realize that the sky has not fallen and Armageddon actually hasn't been triggered, public opinion is going to shift...rapidly. Beyond 2012, the GOP isn't going to have the public support they think they have now for repealing it. Just isn't going to happen. This is all nothing more than mid-term election year rhetoric. Guaranteed. I suggest the GOPers/conservatives have a good cry, get it out of their systems and move on...because stagnating all the other business of the country with these political shenanigans is going to start getting real old, real quick with practical-minded independents who recognize that you win some and you lose some and want other important issues to be addressed asap.

    March 24, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Anonymous

    What a phony! This guy looked like a complete fool on Larry King live, he pushed through a health plan in Massachusetts very similar to Obama's plan. The reason no Republican voted for the bill is because of lock-step partisanship, ant Republican who had the guts to step outside the party and vote for the bill would have been banished-the Republicand have turned into the Nazi brownshirts.After this farce, I will NEVER vote for a Republican again (and I did vote for Reagan and Bush Sr). The Republicans are tearing this country down , including the presidency, just to sipport their narrow ideology and politcal abitions, just like the Nazis did in 1933- lies, personal attacks, appeals to patriotism (read Romneys PAC), God save us from these dangerous maniacs.

    March 24, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Beverly - NYC

    This Republican whining has to stop. Grow Up. You were invited to the party you said NO, you beat your chest, dared Democrats to do it without you and they did. Now you want to act like a group of mean girls left out of a great party that everyone at school went too and had a great time. I'm sure this law will be refined as it gets implemented, here's an idea, how about working to make it better, not obstruct, because you want to insure that the black President fails in spite of the American people. It's done, how about moving on to jobs, reforms so we do not have companies to big too fail, reforming the mortgage industry so people making $50,000 do not buy million dollars homes they can't afford. Just think what could be accomplished if all this wasted energy is put towards somthing good.

    March 24, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. CR

    Romney will say anything or flip-flop on any issue if he thinks it will further his presidential ambitions. No principles whatsoever.

    March 24, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. rick

    He all right with all the laws that were broke by Bush and Chenney, this man is so full of it. How did the Health Care bill break the law?

    March 24, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Dan A

    Why is CNN even wasting time talking to a loser like Romney–he doesnt know the first thing about running a goverment and apparently people around the country feel the same way when he lost to another loser John McCain. "All windup and no fast ball" is the best way to describe this blowhard !!!

    March 24, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. rob

    Because the republicans do not want the black man to win anything and will stop at nothing to block him. they are petty racist people. why would we listen to someone who could not win his primary. he hopes by jumping on the obama bashing bandwagon he may have a chance of a comeback...do the right thing and help those who really need it. give that money to starving childrens not your egotistical selfish ambition.

    March 24, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Chris from NY

    CNN does not reflect facts as they are. ABC poll suggests that majority of Americans like the passge of the bill, and as time goes on and people begin to appreciate what's in the bill for them, the poll numbers will go up. CNN likes controversy as opposed to stciking with the facts.

    The Republicans will lose come November. It doesn't matter how they plan to spin this to their advantage. Unfortunately majority of the people the bill will help in their party will still vote Republican.

    March 24, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    "What he is supposed to do is have a plan that is bipartisan," Romney said. "The process was one which violated the principles which he played out during the campaign and was a power push by a single party."
    ______________________________________________________
    And the whole problem with this is that Obama himself said that he would work for a bipartisan solution. For a President to say something and then blatantly do exactly the opposite, this is diminishing the integrity of the Office of The President. He could have just said," We will work this bill through the Democratic Party and allow no involvement of Republican congressmen." This would have been exactly what he did. But he's not real good at that degree of honesty.

    March 24, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. brian

    The Joke is the Dems plan is very similar to the one Romney crafted in Mass. More GOP do as we say - not as we do spin!!! It seems the Republicans are against Big Govt. only wheni ts the Dems running it– the rest of the Time they rubberstamp their own party-At least there is dissent in the Democratic party - The GOP march in step to talking Points and spin -as time goes on the Republicans remind me more and more of Brown shirts!!!

    March 24, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. key

    This what I don't get didn't he put almost the same policies in place in Massachusetts while he Governor which by the way Senator Brown supported in Congress

    March 24, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. unshrub

    Anyone who believes this bill is unconstitutional is either a fool or a liar, and neither one of them is fit to be president. Wishful thinking not a positive trait for being president nor is being a big cry baby from loosing.

    March 24, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Mike

    I can't stand this guy. He is the biggest flip flopper even for a MA politician! He pushed for single payer system when he was a Governor of MA and now pretends to be against it to please the teabagers.

    March 24, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. A Real American

    IF Romney were to somehow actually win the Presidency, he would do no such thing.

    Why? Because Romney is smart enough to know that you can't eliminate the mandate to buy insurance without also eliminating the popular provisions like the ban on pre-existing conditions denials. And because Romney would not be eliminating the popular provisions, he would also not be eliminating the mandate.

    Instead, he would leave the health care bill alone, by and large, but perhaps make some minor tweaks in a few places.

    So why is Romney pretending he would do something substantive? Because, as Romney has shown in the last election, he is an opportunist with no core principle other than the conviction that he should be President, and thus, he will say anything to get elected. He did it in the run-up to the 2008 election, and he's doing it now.

    March 24, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Barbara Independent in NY

    What? This plan is similar to the one that he implemented in Massachusetts. Does he think the other Americans don't deserve health care? Just another view of GOP hypocrisy.

    March 24, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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