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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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Joel

    Given that this law is the only way a dear friend of mine is getting treatment for a disease that would kill him, I respectfully suggest that Governor Romney and those who agree with him can go straight to hades.

    June 12, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Mr. Moderate

    So Mitt is in favor of people who refuse to buy health insurance sponging off responsible people who buy health insurance? How liberal of him.

    The world is full of individual mandates, public nudity laws are a de facto individual mandate to purchase clothes, law abiding citizens are forced to purchase police protection, we are forced to pay for unjustified wars.

    June 12, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. JOE

    Vote down barrycare

    June 12, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I guess that means that RomneyCare in Massachusetts should also be struck down. What amuses me about the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare for the uninitiated) is when Americans are polled on the bill as a whole, they are opposed to it, but when polled about all the individual provisions, they are overwhelmingly in approval, even the "mandatory" requirement especially as it comes with a federal subsidy benefit if needed.

    June 12, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Wake up people

    And this is the man that a lot of people want to run our country? This sickens me. He stands for absolutely nothing! He can't even stand up for legislation that he himself came up with. Please people wake up. This man, if you can call him one is a draft dodging vulture capitalist that got rich off others misfortune. He also wants another war with ANYBODY. His sons will be galloping around the White House while your sons fight their senseless war.

    Are Americans really this stupid that the think the same Bush economics, along with some of Bush's old buddies is going to make things better? Are Americans that dumb not to see through the lies? The repubs set out to make President Obama fail and if any of the polls are correct and Mittens is tied with the President, they have succeeded. People as much as the rethugs want you to forget George W. Bush, PLEASE DON'T!

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 12, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney and the GOP/Tea Party have not offered a credible alternative to the national health care act.

    June 12, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Ann Marie

    The funny thing about the Rethugs, is they want Health Care over turned, but they have no plan whatsoever to resolve it or put something else in place. They just want it gone. They are slime

    June 12, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Newme1

    All I can say is...God help us all if Romney becomes president!

    June 12, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Puddin

    Whatever Romney is saying and doing now to get votes is what he will be saying and doing should he (God Forbid) win the Oval office. I'd rather keep they guy in office who actually cares about people.

    June 12, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So heartening to see Romney FINALKLY come out and take a stand on an issue.
    Especially the WRONG stance as it affects the majority of the country.
    Good for you Mittens, stay true to your Puppet Masters American values as we all know that you're too disconnected, and don't care enough to have any of your own.
    Obama 2012. Because the alternative is a bad joke on "AMERCIA".

    June 12, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. mark99er

    I will now take steps to show the political skewing of this news publication!

    June 12, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Independent Voter

    Romney had the same health care as president Obama...Romney you are the worst politician in history.

    June 12, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Canuck

    " The difference between a Romney presidency and a second term Obama presidency is the difference between a dream and a nightmare," he said

    A dream – really?????

    June 12, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. MLL

    If they strike down the healthcare mandate that those who can afford healthcare must pay premimums for their healthcare, then the Repiublican legislatiors need to introduce legislation per Ron Paul. You don't have healthcare insurance and can afford it, then you do not get treated. As the Republicans love to say, step up. You are responsible for yourself. You have a car wreck, you are on your own. I for one am sick and tired of paying healthcare cost premimum increases simply because some stupid jerk, who can afford it, wants free healthcare at my expense. Hospitals are just passing the dollar along to insurance providers who pass it on to those of us who do take responsibility for our healthcare.

    June 12, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. nolimits3333

    Republicans want everyone to have guns, and no one to have health care.

    June 12, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. cel

    let's all hope they do the right thing and put us ALL under medicare. EVEN MITT !!!!

    June 12, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. roscoe66

    The poor people already have health insurance. Its called Medicade. I wonder if those welfare recipients will have to shell money out of their own pockets to buy a plan.I would guess we as taxpayers will continue to foot the bill.

    June 12, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. docame

    Obama 2012!!!

    June 12, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. snowdogg

    Mitt will probably get his wish since the GOP has overloaded the Supreme Court with right wing justices.

    June 12, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Sandi Mc

    What's crazy is that even his own wife would not be covered by insurance if they actually worked for a living and had to rely on being part of a group policy so her pre-existing condition (MS) would be covered. They people have zero compassion for the average American. Romney, go to you know where and burn. We are quite sick of your pandering to the wealthy and being so out of touch with mainstream America.

    June 12, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Ibrahim

    Rommy, you had all bad omen coming to you. Dont run because you will not be able to hide as the sunami is going to sweep you for good.

    June 12, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. LMC

    Yes, our citizens aren't worthy of better health care. Why, in a few years people might want something like universal health care so that everyone could have access to health care and not go bankrupt because they were ill or injured. We might even catch up to Canada! What a shame that would be!

    June 12, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    You just got to love the flipper.. He's all for shooting down the very healthcare plan that HE created in MA (upon which ACA is 95% modeled) because it's now politically expedient to do so and will garner votes from the ignorant right wing red state masses. Where's the beef Mittens?

    June 12, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    The only reason that Republicans are against the health care bill is that they figured out a way to make it look like it was going to cost the middle class and poor money. That way they can get some votes from groups that Republicans really need help with.
    In reality, the bill will provide insurance for all Americans at a reasonable rate without exclusions for pre-existing conditions, age, high risk, etc.

    June 12, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Thomas Machuca Calderon

    I'm 66 years old and I see so many elder with health care,I for one dislike "medicare" only because you need money to use it and I've never use it and that only because I have VA. But what about other elder's who don't have health care?

    June 12, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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