Romney: Strike down of health care law would be 'right thing'
June 11th, 2012
08:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Strike down of health care law would be 'right thing'

(CNN) – Mitt Romney on Monday said he hopes the Supreme Court does the "right thing" and overturns President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform.

"Gosh I hope they do the right thing and turn this thing down," Romney told donors in Atlanta, according to pool reports. "And say it's unconstitutional because it is."

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This month, the high court is expected to announce its decision on the legality of the Affordable Care Act, a measure passed by Congressional Democrats and signed into law by Obama in 2010.

While Romney has not recently made comments about the decision, he has long maintained he would overturn the law through an executive order in his first day in office.

"This piece of legislation is bad policy, it's bad for our health care, and I can tell you if I'm president I'm going to stop it in its tracks on day one," he said Monday.

Democrats have frequently targeted Romney over the health care issue by pointing to a similar plan he signed into law as governor of Massachusetts in 2006. In his defense, Romney says the plan was tailor-made for Massachusetts residents and he would oppose a federal mandate.

Romney made his remarks Monday while appearing with former opponent Newt Gingrich at a private fundraiser, attended by about 800 people.

At the event, Gingrich offered high praise for Romney, despite his less-than-full-throated support for the presumptive nominee since he dropped his own presidential bid in early May.

"This is the most important election in our lifetime. The difference between a Romney presidency and a second term Obama presidency is the difference between a dream and a nightmare," he said.

Gingrich took a shot at the president's comments Friday when Obama said the private sector was "doing fine" compared to the public sector. Gingrich argued the Wisconsin recall effort last week proved Americans are in favor of decreased spending for public jobs.

Further complimenting Romney, Gingrich later added: "You have, I think, a tremendous nominee. I can say this from personal experience, I did everything I could to stop him."

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  1. FLIndpendent

    Mitt has got to be one of the most selfish & arrogant candidates we've ever had! How on earth can he justify his beliefs that the healthcare bill is unconstitional when he passed virtually the same bill that was used as a model for the ACA! Why wouldn't we want to have that throughout the country if it's working so well in Massachusetts? The individual mandate was a Repub idea so if it gets struck down then the lawmakers will have to enforce a public option or we will not get anything and will go back to the status quo. Obama was elected with his promise to reform healhcare and, even though not perfect (no legislation ever is) the ACA is a step in the right direction. Also, if the SC overturns it by anything but a unaminous vote then how can it be said that it's unconstituional? It either is or isn't so the votes should not be divided as that will mean it was overturned by ideological interpretation.

    June 12, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Dennis

    Strking down Romney would be an even better move.

    June 12, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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