Romney: Strike down of health care law would be 'right thing'
June 11th, 2012
08:55 PM ET
3 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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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Grow up already...

    Wow, Mittens... Why don't you run for Supreme Court Justice, instead? We all know how you make decisions.... er... Never mind...

    June 11, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    "Gosh"? Is that a southern thing also?
    It's funny since he did the same in MA but he still tries to distance himself from the national healthcare laws.
    I wonder where his wifey would be if it wasn't for all his money and the lifetime insurance they get for his time as governor.
    Poor newterman he really thinks he had a chance. It was this guy from the get go even if the teapublikkans and rove and norquist and the rest of them have to hold their nose from now until November because if his stink!

    June 11, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This man is an idiot. 6.6 million students are now insured, 14 million on medicare getting help, and those with preexisting conditions have hope that they won't be dropped. Imagine the joy of the GOP's biggest loser, the Gaffer, being able to bring more pain to American citizens.

    June 11, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Health reform is not job killing. That is a bunch of crap from Fox foreign owned media to rev up the underground militias and hate groups. It is also deficit reducing, but Mittens has the IQ of a goat, so he would not know that.

    June 11, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Yonni

    What does Mitt cares? It doesn't make a difference for him, his family or for his friends. He is not worried about the poor the poor will be taking care of by nature when they die from preexisting conditions.

    June 11, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Larry L

    The Republican model for health care is to allow the "free market" to regulate prices and quality of service. In this model corporate executives would balance treatment against profits. How do you think they would rule?

    The Republican idea offers no solution for the uninsured who use the E.R. as their primary care provider – and often fail to pay the outrageously high bill. They offer no solution for insurance companies who drop people who enter high-cost health-risk groups. They've got nothing to help people who can't get coverage due to chronic illness or injury. The Republican plan doesn't emphasize "best practices" rather than allowing unnecessary tests and procedures – to make higher profits for the providers. Their plan allows companies to set annual limits on care likely to bankrupt families with significant health events in a year. The Republican idea doesn't leverage preventive medicine coverage to redsuce health care costs throughout the society.

    The "Obamacare" law provides solutions for these problems and Americans tend to strongly support all of the provisions – except being required to pay for the insurance. The math absolutely will not work unless the pool is large enough to spread the costs – and it won't work unless the costs are reduced by measures like those in the current law. If we want quality healthcare we'll need to ask the young, healthy population to contribute early – before they really need the system. As Republicans work to trash Medicare – the new law protects working folks from living in fear of crippling medical costs and even worse – no healthcare when they need it most.

    June 11, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Is Mittens planning on being a dictator?

    How else, does he think the Executive branch can trump the Legislative branch of government?

    Gotta love that GOP "homeschooling" in "Amercia"!

    June 11, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. ithink122

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

    No, he won't, because he can't. A President can't just throw out any law he wishes. He simply does not have that authority. We live in a democracy and the process is called checks and balances. Otherwise, if he could, it would be a dictatorship. Assuming it survives the Supreme Court challenge, the only way to get rid of it would be to have congress repeal it. If he gets elected but doesn't get a friendly congress, he is SOL. If he doesn't realize that, maybe he shouldn't be running for President.

    June 11, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. mcskadittle

    then start in Massachusetts

    June 11, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. g

    one thing romney knows how to do is take peoples health care and pensions-he,s a expert

    June 11, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Darrell

    Mitt, and Republicans, if this is true. Then were is your plan to solve the problem of healthcare? Since you are running away from your RomneyCare, what solution do you have to solve the problem. Please don't give me using a market solution to solve the problem. We have tried that for years, and its not working.

    June 11, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. dreucalypt

    What a weasel. The part he wants the Court to strike down is the part he put into the law in the first place.

    June 11, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. enuff

    Good for whom? The pharma companies? The insurance companies? i want to be able to get insurance for pre=existing conditions. i have a spouse with asthma/severe COPD... i've had a cancer scare... who would this be good for? Romney is out of touch when it comes to this.and he actually has a history with it. as far as gingrich, if you can't say something nice i guess i won't say anything at all.

    June 11, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. Squigman

    Strike it down. You and your damned party are responsible for most, if not all that went wrong with the nation in the last decade. Why should the next ten years be any different? Just like most republicans, you know the price of all, but the value of none. Go ahead. You simple minded, short sighted, bag of hot air.

    June 11, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. ted

    You are out of touch with reality, Mitt. You have absolutely no idea that there are people in this country who are so poor or in debt or out of work and have had no medical care until Obama's health care became law. But that is fine – continue to alienate voters who have been fortunate to get the medical care they need because of what Obama did. He cares about people. YOU Romney only care about the rich folks and giving them tax cuts and soaking the rest of us and denying the normal people – the 99% – things they need.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 11, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that he doesn't care that the people that would be helped would be hurt dramatically because people would be denied health insurance and children would lose their coverage. There is no alternative provided by Romney that this statement is a sign of the fact that he doesn't care or understand what the lower and middle classes need or want.

    June 11, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. Mike in Texas

    If we go back to the health care plans we had before Obama's health care act, we will be worse off. Back to increased premiums, less coverage, lifetime caps, pre existing conditions. Republicans keep talking about the free market would decrease premiums. Wrong. A single payer option is the best way to keep costs down and take the huge for profit portion out of it.

    The old Republican plan was a mandate, but once Obama supported that, they had to abandon that idea. Now it is buying insurance across state lines. The problem is no one is obligated to purchase insurance so the rates will remain high.

    It amazes me that people would rather have companies make obscene profits over helping people in need.

    June 11, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. jean

    Okay, Mitt, tell us what you would replace it with, otherwise we're right back where we started.

    June 11, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. fernace

    The thing that is obvious about Romney & the GOTP is that they seem to be against anything that lifts the people up! They keep saying they're doing things to preserve our way of life, but their actions don't match their words! How does the lay off of half a million public workers such as education, healthcare, police & firefighters benefit the average American? How does not allowing us access to Universal Healthcare make the economy better? Most westernized governments have a gradual tax increase depending on income! Not us! Here we lay the whole burden of carrying the country on the shoulders of those who already have too much to bear & give exemptions & breaks to those who have more than they can spend in their lifetimes & call corporations "People"! I'm certain there are ways to cut the pork, w/out cutting Real people off at the knees, but they're not interested in that! They're only interested in 2 things: Getting the Black man out of office & enforcing their 1% agenda! Forward-Obama 2012!!

    June 11, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  20. aaron

    i know the prez we have is less than ideal, but the one before him was a nightmare and this nominee is almost just as bad. it is like when i was 22 and could have voted in the gore/bush election. i was anti-establishment and was speaking to this guy who asked me who i voted for. i told him i didn't vote because how could i didn't want to vote for the lesser of two evils. this was after bush had won. we went on to have a discussion and he told me that if i would have voted, then the lesser of two evils would have won. that really changed me. we do not have the best choices in prez voting and until we do, i will continue to vote for the lesser of two evils. right now, the biggest evil is the republican party and until that changes i will vote democrat.

    June 11, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. mfx3

    Gosh I really liked it better when I was the one ramming it down people's throats. Gee whiz.

    June 11, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. TM

    Willard, if it's such a bad law WHY did you pass the same thing while you were governor?

    June 11, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  23. Leigh2VA

    Don't see how Romney can do any worse than Obama has. That said, I care for neither of them. They both are lacking on so many levels. I've grown really jaded with regard to choosing between the lesser of the two evils.

    June 11, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. California Conservative

    ObamaCare will be nothing but a footnote in history by the end of the month.

    June 11, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  25. dontmesswithme

    If you ever become president (which Heavens forbid) how will you live with your conscience Mittens Romney?

    June 11, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
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