(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Monday that the issue of health care will be "one of my best assets" if he goes on to win the Republican nomination and debate President Barack Obama in the general election.
"And I'll say to him, why didn't you give me a call? I would have told you what to do right and what not to do," Romney said to laughter at Sen. Jim DeMint's forum in South Carolina Monday.
On April 12, 2006, then-Gov. Romney signed into law a health care plan that would insure almost every resident of Massachusetts. The lynchpin of the law was an insurance mandate requiring those in Massachusetts to get health insurance. The law gave 8 percent of the state's population the right, Romney said, noting that under Obama's plan everyone is required to get insurance – something he called unconstitutional.
"It's bad law, it's bad medicine and on day one of my administration, I'll direct the secretary of health and human services to grant a waiver for Obamacare to all 50 states," Romney said. "It's got to be stopped and I know it better than most."
On the topic of the economy, Romney once again defended the business community against claims it caused the economic meltdown in 2008. "Corporations are made up of people," he said. Romney first made the line at the state fair in Iowa last month – a remark that Democrats used to paint him as out of touch with the American people.
He called for the repeal of the Wall Street Reform bill, and called out its authors – former Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts – as being responsible for getting the country into the financial mess.