Romney: Strike down of health care law would be 'right thing'
June 11th, 2012
08:55 PM ET
6 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. Terry

    Due to the fact that the United States clearly has a healthcare system that ranks last among all industrialized nations, and cost four or five times more per person than any other nation, I think the Republicans need to either propose a system that improves the costs and services provided, or they hire Norway to run the US Healthcare System.

    June 12, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  2. works4me

    And he can fix the economy because he can, too? I didn't read just how he plans on accomplishing this.

    This is all he is. No other plans on anything. they were given the opportunity to provide input but chose to stand on the Presidents sack instead on this and all other issues. He doesn't have any plans. He's solely relying on the timing of the issues which are coming around. IF he wins he'll take credit for the changes President Obama started the wheels on.

    June 12, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  3. Wayne

    Simply put, romney does not have the intellect to be in the White House. If America wants war and famine elect romney. If America wants a revolution, elect romney.

    June 12, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  4. 40acres

    Gosh i hope they strike it down so that the government and those already insured can go back to paying for everyone's healthcare instead of making people take personal responsibility for their own.

    June 12, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  5. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Supporting the health care reform bill is the RIGHT thing to do. We need health care reform, and the GOP aren't even trying to do anything to help the American people.

    June 12, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  6. Please Grow Up

    Gosh, I sure hope that somebody realizes that it is a good idea to have universal, pre-paid, single payer health care.

    June 12, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  7. Jack V

    Gingrich can't even keep his own financial affairs in order. Who is he to preach? And Obamacare was built on Romneycare. "Gosh."

    June 12, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  8. Pamela

    Really! Gingrich. You can bet you were there to get some money for your own bankrupt campaign. I live in an Atlanta suburb and did not see or hear the motorcade. I bet our citizens were there to give Mitt their money while libraries are closed on Sundays. The citizens only need the soundbites from Faux News. They do not need to read and make up their own minds. Newt is persona non grata in Georgia. He is on his way back to Washington to milk the lobbyists and hoping that Mitt will appoint him to be historian of the White House when Mitt gets in.

    June 12, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  9. kevin illinois

    I hope that those in Congress as well as Mr Romney never have a child with pre-exisiting conditions. I did, and had to take a job where pre-exisiting conditions were not a problem. Had I not done that, she would not have been covered. But hey, Romney has no problem paying for his family's care with CA$H

    June 12, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  10. amlcpamaine

    Maybe then we can just send the bills for emergency room services to the uninsured to Mitt's caymans account?

    June 12, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  11. Chris

    Wait – are you telling me that MA has had a healthcare plan virtually identical to Obama's. So why haven't I heard any stories coming from MA of:

    Government run Death Panels executing everyone's grandma?
    The state being turned into an oppressive communist dictatorship where everyone is forced to eat broccoli?
    MA being completely devastated by widespread economic ruin?

    In short, why haven't I heard any of the doomsday scenarios that those are the right predicted were a 100% certain to happen if anyone was foolish enough to adopt a health care plan like Obama's?

    June 12, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  12. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Major flip flop-the Republican wants to strike down something he has already signed into law in Mass and campaigned for over and over-the Republicans are against everything they wanted 5-10 years ago simply because Obama is for it.-It was fine when Repubs wanted it but now that Obama wants their platform it is socialism-Two-faced dogs

    June 12, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  13. Chedar

    If Romney gets elected, we'll have the first edge-and-sketch president in the history of the nation.

    June 12, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  14. DeTamble

    This piece of legislation is bad policy, it's bad for our health care,

    Giving people affordable health care is bad ?

    Obama 2012

    June 12, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  15. nilla

    But wasn't Romney's health care plan essestially the same th-

    Oh, never mind.

    June 12, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  16. itmattersnot

    it is the right thing to do for the insurance companies? huh Romney? Nevermind the millions with no health care. the system is broke and you like it that way?

    June 12, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  17. tony

    Americans are you serious romney as president what a moron

    June 12, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  18. Evangenital

    This guy reminds me of those candy dispensers that have a clown head on them.

    June 12, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  19. American

    Romney would strike down the very law he proposed for the nation.

    Ever the flip-flopper, Romney does not care for Americans' healthcare anymore. Sad.

    June 12, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  20. BEn275

    So what is Mittens going to replace it with? All you poor GOP folks get ready to lose what little health benefits you have now under Obama, because the GOP won't care what happens to you, until re-election time.

    June 12, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  21. Dean

    Bad legislation from a bad president. Romney 2012.

    June 12, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  22. yankeesfan

    So Romney, you get rid of health care for 50 million on your first day, kids in their 20's are no longer covered by parents' plan and pre-existing conditions can be grounds for refusing coverage – what do you replace it with? What's your plan after you get rid of Obamacare?

    June 12, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |

    – 2006 — Q: Is this something you think Washington should consider for the whole country? ROMNEY: Well, there are some aspects of what we’re doing that could be applicable to the rest of the country.
    – 2007 — ROMNEY: Our program is based on a private model health insurance program and that model will work for the nation.
    – 2008– Q: Although, you backed away from mandates on a national basis…? ROMNEY: No, no, I like mandates. The mandates work.
    – 2009 — Q: Should the President be looking at Massachusetts as a model for lowering health care costs? ROMNEY: Massachusetts is a model for getting everyone insured.
    You can' wash away what you said Willard. Man up and stand by what you said.

    June 12, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  24. Criiiiiipes

    Man republicans are stupid.

    June 12, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  25. Norma Vessels

    I have to say .. the thought of either Mr. Romney or Mr. Gingrich being in the oval office, scares the daylights out of me!
    They are both willing to grab back all the good the Health Care Bill has done for the college kids, who can stay on their parent's insurance .. and all those who have pre-existing health problems. Now, they won't be kicked off their insurance, because it might cost the insurance company money. What do we pay them for, anyway!

    June 12, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
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