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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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Doc_Hollywood

    Yes, Mr. Romney, let's hope they do the "right thing" and strike it down. After all, those poor people don't need affordable insurance, do they? That's what they get for being poor. The "right thing" in your mind is whatever will get you votes. That's why you were for universal health care before you were against it. And look. This way, if the law is overturned, and people can't afford insurance, you and your kind will have the excuse to complain about how lazy these s.o.b.'s are. Brilliant. You'll make a wonderful president.......for the 1%.

    June 12, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. The GOP should just pack up and leave

    "Romney says the plan was tailor-made for Massachusetts residents "

    Why just Massachusetts? Are they the only people he thinks should have health care reform?

    June 12, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. Mike

    The hypocrisy continues to entertain me, if only these people weren't so downright terrifying. After Romney overturns it by executive order (can he even do that?), it almost goes without saying that he doesn't have a plan to fix healthcare or to help the people that he will harm with his order. He only has a plan to help wealthy people stay wealthy. Because people with a clue know what "trickle down" really means, because we're the ones being trickled upon.

    June 12, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. John

    Why It All most like the one you Mitt Romney had done In Mass when you where GOV of that state.

    June 12, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  5. 111Dave111

    Flip-Flopping and Weak-Kneed Romney thinks his only achievement as Governor is unconst itutional. He wants Obama to deal with the Tea Party on health care reform before he takes office.

    June 12, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Core republican Values

    Core republican Value #2: Everyone who isn't rich like me is poor because they are lazy and deserve to be poor. "Are there no workhouses? No prisons?"

    Romney's solution to the economic crisis? Hire more people to shine his shoes and clean his pool.

    June 12, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  7. jamarsu

    Oh sure. Strike it down, so we can remain like a third world country re: health care. Europe and Canada are far advanced in this area. If the republicans are opposed to paying for poor peoples' health care, we already pay for it. At least if everyone puts something in the pool, there will be more health care for ALL.

    June 12, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  8. Oscar Pitchfork

    Man, you can just feel the angst in the air as all these fat, lily-white-handed Repugnicans ponder the possible continued loss of revenue from their corporate-funded lobbyists...

    June 12, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. jj

    Regardless of your politics....this guy is a two face....this is basically his program.

    June 12, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. DR

    The GOP has held back every history tested method of rebuilding this country after a recession. They have tanked, and will continue to tank this country until they can unseat the President. Then and only then will you see them spend money to regenerate the economy. Every successful President in history has followed the same game plan. This congress should be held for treason.

    June 12, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. Yeah Right

    Please don't insult goats by associating them with Mitt. They are obviously superior.

    June 12, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  12. Sandy

    This should be an ad "Romney wants to take your health care away."

    June 12, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. Lucky18

    This man cannot be trusted!

    June 12, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. You've Got To Stand For Something or You'll Fall for Anything

    Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, it cannot have escaped your intelligence that Mitt Romney seems like the guy that will say just about anything–depending on his audience at that moment–to get your vote. It's almost like he doesn't really stand for anything, just says what he thinks the crowd in the room wants to hear, depending on the time or the place, naturally.

    Mitt Romney actually did write his opinion on this issue. Please see the July 2009 op-ed in USA Today written by Romney where it is his opinion that President Obama should adopt an individual mandate to purchasing health insurance as part of national reform.

    I also remember watching a debate where someone implied that Romney was against the mandate. Romney actually interjected to correct the notion. "No, no, I like mandates. The mandates work." Then Fred Thompson said something along the lines that he couldn't believe Romney would actually admit to that.

    Romney says he likes being able to fire people that provide services to him. I do believe him on that one. I personally like people that stand for things and people that you know where they stand. Even if I don't agree with everything they say, at least I know what those things actually are. With this candiate, what does he really believe? I'm not at all certain that he knows what he actually does believe. On the plus side, in a backwards kind of way, if you are a Romney supporter you can take comfort in the fact that you and he have agreed on all the issues.......... at some time or another.

    June 12, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. ssprince1

    Really? Hypocrisy at it's best...good enough for the people of Massachusetts to keep the price down and make it affordable, but not good enough for all Americans. What a joke Mitt Romney is! Caught on video bragging that Obama copied his health care system, but as soon as it passes, Mitt says it's wrong. Can't have it both ways Mitt! Just like wanting to let the banks and car industry die (wonder what the unemployment rate that he mentions so often would be up to now if Obama didn't do what was needed? Scary!), yet after the car industries bounced back and made profits, Mitt actually said that he takes credit for that? Seriously, this guy has to be ill since there is no comon sense. He feeds his rich friends whatever they want! Thank you President Obama for looking out for the people!

    June 12, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. Indy

    President "Gosh" wants to rule the world and be King.Romney and the Republicans have a very clear agenda for America and it is the rich get richer and the middle class become the poor and all serve the rich.

    June 12, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. ST

    I can't understand this man. What is good for Mass. is bad for the rest of the nation! If that is the case, then what Romney did at Bain Capital is bad for the entire nation.

    June 12, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. ssprince1

    Hypocrisy at it's best. First Mitt says Obama copied his healthcare system that lowers prices and covers everyone. Then he said it needs to be repealed. Just like the car and bank industry. First he said let them fail and hit rock bottom (imagine what unemployment would be now if we had listened to mitt talk about his favorite thing:unemployment rate), but yet after the car industry showed profit, Mitt said "I take credit for the car industry doing so well"...really Mitt? This man is ill, or simply has no comon sense. He'll do whatever for coporations and greedy Republicans who only look out for themselves and their rich friends tell him to do.

    June 12, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  19. Big George in Big D

    Hahahha – you guys can't stand the fact that Romney will be the next POTUS!

    June 12, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. America Shrugged

    I'm tired of seeing these clowns all over the news. Mitt Romney doesn't talk about his stint as Gov of Mass, landmark healthcare reform he signed into law, ever wonder why? He's a damn puppet and shill for his buddies, the 1%. He doesn't care about you, me or anyone but that 1%..They want to corporatize the USA.. A country for the corporations, by the corporations. They won't stop until they've drilled, fracked, and gutted every natural resource (including people), then like locusts, they'll leave and go on to the next resource rich country. This republican party knows how to hoodwink hard working blue collar workers..They've pitted the public and private sector union members against one another and the people are allowing it. Americans have become sheep...As long as they have their fast food, 60" big screen tvs, football and beer, they're oblivious to anyone and everything else.

    June 12, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    How could healthcare for all, been such a great idea for MA and such a wrong idea for the other 49 states?

    June 12, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  22. mdesan

    Everyone wants to strike down "Obama Care". What is their alternative? Has anyone on the Right actually submitted a plan? I've not seen one, it's all about countering anything the president proposes, period.
    I'm nearing retirement age & once my employee's health care (which has gotten progressively more expensive) expires & I'm paying the premiums, I don't know how long I will be able to pay on my own. Even with over a million dollars in assets currently, in 10 years, that could be all gone, along with my house, while I find a cheap apartment to live out the rest of my life. Nice....

    June 12, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  23. v_mag

    The only way I can see for karma to work this one out is if Rob-money contracts an incurable disease.

    June 12, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. Gary

    If Mitt's wife, Ann Romney had not been loaded with Mitt's money, she would have probably been denied heaklth insurance due to her "preexisting conditions". Think about that!

    June 12, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. steven harnack

    What's with this Republican hatred for public employees all of a sudden? Could it be that they think that getting middle class workers to start hating each other they will be to busy to care that wages haven't moved upward for 30 years but "executive compensation" has risen by more than 300%? That the reason pension plans are broke is because the banker/speculators lost all of the money, not through any fault of the workers?

    June 12, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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