March 26th, 2012
01:33 PM ET
2 years ago

On Supreme Court steps, Santorum lumps Romney with Obama on health care

(CNN) – Shortly after lawyers argued fine points of judicial jurisdiction over the health care law before the Supreme Court Monday, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum litigated the law as a political issue in a press conference outside the high court.

"As I've said in this campaign, there is no more important issue" than the health reform law, he said. "There is one candidate in this race who can actually make the contrast that is necessary between the Republican position, the conservative position, and one that is overwhelmingly supported by the American public, and one that Barack Obama believes in - and that's Rick Santorum."

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Mitt Romney, the candidate said, is "uniquely disqualified to make the case" against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which many refer to as "Obamacare."

Santorum stood by his assessment on Sunday that Romney is the "worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama" in the November election" because of his health care stance.

"I don't regret it at all," Santorum said. "I said it here today. He's the worst candidate to go against Barack Obama on the most important issue of the day."

He suggested said the stinging rebuke he gave a reporter who questioned him on the comment was part of being a "real Republican," an argument he made Monday morning.

Santorum links the reform law Romney signed when governor of Massachusetts to the law Obama signed just over two years ago.

"This was a disaster in Massachusetts and then he had the audacity to go out in 2009 and argue that Barack Obama follow his lead. Unfortunately for the country, Obama did. President Obama did follow Mitt Romney's lead," Santorum said.

The candidate spoke as demonstrators - both for and against the health reform - rallied outside the court.

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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum • Supreme Court
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Jo

    I truly cannot stand Rick Santorum. I used to think he could pull this off, but he is growing increasingly irritable and negative. I now support Mitt Romney who I think is far more presidential and would truly turn this country around and in the right direction. I wish the Santorum supporters would see the light sooner rather than later - because they're definitely gonna see it!

    March 26, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    "This was a disaster in Massachusetts and then he had the audacity to go out in 2009 and argue that Barack Obama follow his lead. Unfortunately for the country, Obama did. President Obama did follow Mitt Romney's lead,"
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    You're making a good case Rick against Willard, however, no one wants to live in modern day Iran either Ayatollah.

    March 26, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Len

    Neither Romney nor Santorum are for the middle class and poor. The sooner Americans wake up to this outrage, the better off we will be! Obama/Obama in 20112

    March 26, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    In one sense, RIck is correct: President Obama is a better Republican president than either Rmoney or Mr. Frothy would be. Best since Ike, in fact.

    March 26, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Larry L

    None of the Republicans have answered the many big questions about healthcare. Who pays for those who are currently uninsured yet still get healthcare? How can insurance pool that often does not get contributions from the young, mostly healthy population sustain itself with the outrageous costs of healthcare? How do you stop insurance companies from dropping people's coverage when it becomes costly? How do sick people get insurance when their company program is discontinued or they lose their job? Why do Republicans continually want to avoid encouraging preventive medicine practices as a means of lowering costs?

    March 26, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. dan5404

    Rick Santorum's loudmouth wrong-headed arguments have absolutely no effect on the Supreme Court or most Americans. He is not a part of the proceeding and is just pandering to the right-wingers. He is right in his argument that on health care Obama and Romney were in agreement on the health care bills in Massachussetts and the Affordable Health Care law and they were both right. Santorum is the one that is totally wrong.

    March 26, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Stop the Charade

    As a religeous, conservative I ask you Mr. Santorum, "What would Jesus do with regard to the issue of universal health care in the United States?" I think that the answer is pretty clear that he would support the Health Care Reform Act so that we would not be the only industiralized country in the world that does not provide for health care for its citizens. Its a moral decision not an economic one, so that explians the GOP's position.

    March 26, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Ann

    Listen up Santorum!!!!!

    You could harden your voice all you want, use curse words all you want, be like Sarah Palin and exploit your poor disabled child all you want, be a far right wing zealot all you want, stand on the steps of the Supreme court and chastize President Obama all you want. You Sir, are indisciplined, lacking in intelligence, display amateur political skills,
    and you are not running on a viable message or platform. Therefore, it does not matter how many delegates you collect, you do not stand a chance of convincinging the electorate that you belong in the White House as President of the United States. Have the class that John Huntsman showed and bow out of this race – you are embarrasing yourself and your family and if you see Newt Gingrich please tell him that he is embarrasing himself as well. It appears that you are both actually dragging your families around when they themselves must know by now that the both of you are a lost cause You are the desperate ones not your families. You both should be ashamed.

    March 26, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. diridi

    this guy does not know as to what he is talking. May be he is drunk. We need this health care law, and this nation needs it. May be he may not be needing, but nation needs it. Nation is fed-up with Insurance idiots lobby. o.k, This election is all about Rich v/s American Middle Class. Period.

    March 26, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Larry L - How can insurance pool that often does not get contributions from the young, mostly healthy population sustain itself with the outrageous costs of healthcare?
    ============================================================================================
    Why should young, healthy people be forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a product they may not need or want , just to help pay for everybidy else? WHy can't they use that money for their kids or for a home? I guess Obama and the socialist Democrats know what is better for him and his money. He and his families needs matter not. It is the need of the collective that must come first.

    March 26, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. cali girl

    The next thing I expect Santo to do is throw himself on the ground and cry like a 2 year old.

    March 26, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. king

    it took a century for comprehensive healthcare for the majority of american. dems wanted a single payer system; the repubs called it socialism, abama went against his party and adopted the mitt romney and heritage private system. repubs called it socialism. hey what the hell, make up your mind folks. you guys have been pushing the every one on their own philosophy for decade, stop living off the government mentality, now you guys have a chance for every one to pull their own weight, you guys say no. i thought this what the repubs party wanted, less government and more taking care of your own situation.

    March 26, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    CNN states in this article: Santorum stood by his assessment on Sunday that Romney is the "worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama" in the November election" because of his health care stance.

    "I don't regret it at all," Santorum said. "I said it here today. He's the worst candidate to go against Barack Obama on the most important issue of the day."

    Wait a minute! Ricky just had a hissy fit when a New York Times reporter asked him about his "worst Republican" comments about Mittens, going so far as to say the reporter was harassing him and twisting his words.

    Which is it, Ricky? For Pete's sake, man, you look more and more ridiculously uninformed and childish every day!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 26, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why do I have to pay for republican wars that I don't need or want? Why do I have to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy that I don't want? Why do I have to pay into social security and medicare if the republicans are going to change it or repeal it? Why do I have to pay for elected republicans who want to destroy America? Maybe its because we all love our country in spite of what republicans are doing to it, and the rest of us will do everything we can to make it better.

    March 26, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Truth and yada yada: "Why should young, healthy people be forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a product they may not need or want , just to help pay for everybidy else?"

    News flash, yada, we already DO pay for the health care of the 40 million without insurance who get their care at the emergency room, where it is extremely expensive.

    And where are you getting this "tens of thousands of dollars" figure? The premiums will be subsidized for those who can't afford it – and it will STILL be cheaper than having folks uninsured!

    Try getting some FACTS!

    March 26, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Data Driven

    @Truth,

    Um, because it makes a healthier, safer society?

    Grow up. All of us pay for particular stuff we don't agree with. Much of that stuff - I.e., wars - isn't even for the public good. Healthcare is.

    March 26, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Loren, Keene NH

    Santorum knows the cameras are there and wants and NEEDS the FREE publicity. He is pathetic. He thinks that downing Romney will help him win 74% of the remaining delegates? If he thinks that, I have a "bridge to nowhere" (which Santorum voted for) to sell him.

    March 26, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. PJ/TX

    "Why should young, healthy people be forced to pay...........why can't they use that money for their kids or for
    a home"?
    *************
    How do they know they will always be healthy? Accidents and unforeseen illnesses occur at any age.
    I know my premiums go up to help pay for those who cannot or will not get their own insurance, and I
    will never begrudge helping any child who needs health care. But why should we pay for it, when their
    parents can? If parents cannot pay, what should we do, throw them out of the hospital and say "you are
    not worth it"? If they don't "want it" then they are neglecting their kids and themselves.

    March 26, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Alexanders

    JO.. I agree with you100%. Santorum need to go and imediately. He is just a religionist b.s. He dosen't get it. Sick of him. Now let's all focus in Mitt Romney.

    March 26, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Valentina

    Rick, give it up already – you act and look like a mad man as of late. But for your information, your argument that you keep pushing and attacking Romney on will become moot once the Supreme Court rules Obamacare unconstitutional. Obama will not want to debate or touch the issue in November knowing that his landmark achievement was just ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the land. So quit, pack your bags and leave already, your stay is way overdue.

    March 26, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. cv

    insane torum, at it again, when will he realize hes not important anymore, blah blah blah

    March 26, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Data Driven - because it makes a healthier, safer society?
    ===============================================
    So doesn't banning cars, hamburgers and pastry. Making people wear helmets whenever they are out of their homes would also prevent most head injuries. I'm not willing to become a government slave for the theoretical bettermnet of the collective.

    Grow up. All of us pay for particular stuff we don't agree with. Much of that stuff – I.e., wars – isn't even for the public good. Healthcare is.
    ===============================================================================================
    The problem is MOST do NOT pay for what they receive in this country. A small minority gets stuck with the tab for all. And I do NOT want the federal government controlling the healthcare system. I am already forced to pay into a bankrupt Ponzi scheme called the social security system. Now federal authorites want control of the healthcare system that we all count on for our health and survival. NO THANKS! Everything they have touched, takeover and run has been a disaster in every way. Bankrupt, inefficient, corrupt and union controlled. If you thought fighting the insurance company for treatment was bad, wait until you try to fight the federal government.

    March 26, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. cv

    a few above mentioned the cost to young students, news flash!!! obamacare lets kids up to age 26 to stay on thier parents insurance...EDUCATE URSELF

    March 26, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Why should young, healthy people be forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a product they may not need or want , just to help pay for everybidy else? WHy can't they use that money for their kids or for a home?....
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    And, when they do need health care for some reason, who pays for it? Why should I pay more because you are irresponsible enough to protect and cover yourself?

    Maybe, the real question is how do we pay for the health care of people who have no health coverage. So far, the Republican solution has been, "Free health care is available to anyone." If that were true, why does anyone have health coverage. The Republican idea sounds like it promotes the "nanny state" that you always speak about.

    March 26, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote on page 1:

    ....The problem is MOST do NOT pay for what they receive in this country. A small minority gets stuck with the tab for all....
    ------------------
    The truth is that most red states do not pay for what they receive in federal funds. Blue states get stuck with the tab.

    March 26, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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