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. dnick47

    Romney is a hoax.

    June 11, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  2. Melo-D

    Well, gosh, gee whiz Willard isn't it the same plan you came up with?? Oh, your was custom made for Mass, sure it was Willard, sure it was.

    June 11, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. luke,az

    The Affordable Healthcare Act was modeled after Gov. Robme's Massachusetts healthcare program. You can't hide Gov. Robme. But, it looks like he will say anything to appease the tea party Republicans. By the way,when will the tea party break off from the Republican party?

    June 11, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  4. Karm99

    Curious that Mitt Romney wants to strike down the very same type of healthcare legislation that he passed and praised while governor of Massachusetts.

    Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up? We are waiting, and waiting and waiting.......

    June 11, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  5. Roy

    Ask Romney if he is willing to donate all of his $250 million to help to pay off USA debt but he can keep his $10 million so in that way we can see if he truly cares about our country.

    June 12, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  6. AllrightyThen

    Mighty "Rich" coming from the guy that was the original architech of the Health Care Reform (it's a mirror of what he mandated in Massachusetts). Once again, flip-flop for support – anywhere and at any "low-life" means.

    June 12, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  7. Franklin

    Yes, taylor made for Masschusetts with Ted Kennedy standing right behind him at the bill signing ceremony.

    June 12, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  8. You Heard it worst on CNN

    Robama, Obamney its all the same. We are screwed either way. Status quo after status quo. Anyone getting tired of choosing between the lesser of two massive evils yet? Just say no to the Goldman Sachs dictatorship. End the two party tyranny!!! Gary Johnson 2012!!!

    June 12, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  9. CRAIG

    Oh, Mr. Romney, and if they do "strike it down" what do you suggest to replace it or are you going to buy all the uninsured great health policies like yours? Gee, that would be nice.

    June 12, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  10. Steve Rickel

    Typical Republican Scant. Support a public policy unless Obama supports it. Republican Legislature's job since 2008, make Obama a one term President. How do you do that? Treason.

    June 12, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  11. Thomas

    It was announced just a week ago that former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt would be in charge of Romney's transition team should he win November's general election.

    Looks like a Mormon cabinet !

    Romney needs to repeal Obama care , not because its bad policy , but because Romney has been bought by Rick Scott and big insurance .

    June 12, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  12. Marry

    That would be the first of many catastrophic decisions by Romney against you…
    Yes, people take notice – how is he going to help you with rising healthcare cost? Remember, he and his family do not have that kind of problem – he can pay for it out of pocket. But what are you to do? Be turned down?

    June 12, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  13. Get a life Romney!

    I don't need you in mine! Oh, by the way, President Obama is busy and doesn't have time for YOUR GAMES! He's busy taken care of USofA!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  14. Samca

    The more I read of the hypocrisy of politicians, the more sick I feel inside that we pay these people big money to run the country. Voters, always remember first and foremost that we have the power to put in office those who have the people's interests at heart. It certainly is not those who wish to take health care away from those who need it. The people who are advocating for that are the ones who will never have to worry about their own health. Greed and more greed that is what I see.

    June 12, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  15. Just A bunch of old white men...thatS u GOP!

    Up to no good! No thankS! I'll tAke my chancES With President Obama! He's got our vote!

    June 12, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  16. Alex in Wisconsin

    I wonder if Romney realizes that killing ObamaCare might kill his only achievement in MA. If the SCOTUS kills the bill, it will definitely set a prcedence that will eeffectively kill the state-level bill. That's just how the supreme court rolls.

    June 12, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  17. Pander Bear

    Hooray for Romney! Who cares if the poor and middle class have access to health care. As long as major corporations can ship jobs overseas and pay no taxes. After all, Corporations are people my friend!

    June 12, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  18. anthony78

    Why does Romney hate the middle and lower classes? Cant the rich and career politicians afford health care already? If Obama found a cure for cancer, I bet he and his Republican cronies would deem striking that down the right thing to do as well. Clueless, this guy is....

    June 12, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  19. James

    People how many of u have $20k to give to every one of ur children to start a business as mitt romney suggested well if haven't u gat another thinng coming

    June 12, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  20. s

    Gosh??? give me a break, always Pandering,I am surprized he knows how to do tht without any notes

    June 12, 2012 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  21. ditdahdit

    The Fifty states throw around insurance mandates like confetti. Any public event or gathering a state will require insurance, never mind auto liability insurance. So the states have more power than the Federal Government? They might think so, but the Corporate Confederacy doesn't exist yet.

    June 12, 2012 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  22. BeverlyNC

    Of course. He is ultra rich and can afford any and all healthcare he and his family will ever need. Besides why not bring down the Healthcare Law when it is working? Republicans can't let President Obama do anything beneficial for ALL Americans, protect them from the Republican buddy private insurance companies who would have their profits lowered and have to compete for our business. Republicans only believe in the "free market" when it is to their benefit but otherwise are for corporate dictatorships. Millions of Americans now have healthcare for the first time, all children have healthcare, no pre-existing conditions prevent critical treatment needs now, and children can stay on their parents healthcare plans until they have jobs with healthcare or can afford to buy insurance.
    How awful for Americans to have healthcare when every other industrialized successful nation has had healthcare for their citizens since the 1970s. Romney even created a successful healthcare system for MA residents they love but let's not let ALL Americans have the most basic right of healthcare. Every member of Congress has the best healthcare available for life but why should the People they are supposed to be serving have any? Welcome to the Republican world of the rich have everything and the rest of us don't matter.

    June 12, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  23. 4merRepubCT

    Romney would like to see millions of Americans left without healthcare coverage again....denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions, such as pregnancy, and young adults without coverage because they cannot find employment with a company that will make it available to them.

    Such compassion.

    June 12, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  24. Iamnotfooled

    So Romney-–What's your alternative Healthcare Plan? No coverage for pre-existing conditions? no children on plan till 26? No drop in drug coverage for seniors on Medicare?

    June 12, 2012 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  25. Darron R. Brown, M.D.

    I disagree with Mr. Romney on the benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). As a physician for 30 years and a Professor of Medicine, I believe the PPACA does not go far enough to help the millions of families in need of medical care in our country. Mr. Romney, like many wealthy Americans, can afford any health care he desires. In contrast, nearly a third of Americans can't afford even basic medical care and medicines. The United States is far behind most other developed countries in providing quality health care to its citizens, and Mr. Romney's plans to repeal the PPACA will not help to solve this problem.

    June 12, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
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