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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  1. jb1963

    Newt and Romney are proof the right will say anything and the people who listen to them can't make up their own minds.

    Ten minutes of fact tracking find these two are not truthful and are misleading the public.

    June 12, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. GOP puts "chri$t" in "chri$tian" since 60% of the GOP believes they should not care for those less fortunate!

    Mittens is definitely in the 60% of the GOP majority.

    June 12, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. julie

    he and all politicians have the BEST health care in the world..........and want to take away from those who barely have health care or none at all........and for that matter other folks that have some form of healthcare want to take away from those that are less off then we are

    Obama 2012 the only way Forward

    June 12, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. once upon a horse

    I saw a right winger with a bumper sticker that said "Why should I have to pay for YOUR healthcare?" and I had to laugh because this person is against the healthcare act not realizing that having a mandate would keep them from having to pay for somebody else. This leads me to believe that many people that are so anti- Obamacare really don't know what is in it, only against it because their party says they should be. Ask a person why they don't like it and see what answer you get.

    June 12, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Critical Thinking

    The issue is can the Federal Government make a law that forces the citizens who they represent to purchase a product or service that the Federal Government has deemed necessary. The answer should be no...both now and in the future. Our country has a foundation built on individual accountability, it is what has made us the greatest country in the world. Americans need to understand that there ia a bartering decision that occurs each time we agree to take something from the government that represents us, we in exchange give up a little of our own liberty. President Obama is fine with this exchange, Romeny is not. BO MUST GO!

    June 12, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. David in Houston

    Stop the republican war on the middle class!

    Obama 2012

    June 12, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. allen

    Does Willard mean repeal his Romneycare in Massachusettes? Tomorrow he will change his opinion anyway, don't worry

    June 12, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. winky

    The thing is romney always panders to anyone! The healthcare act helps everyone especially the tax payers! When people go to the emergency and they don't have healthcare we fit the bill. President Obama is trying to get everyone healthcare so tax payers don't have to fit the bill. It will lower taxes! All the people that call themselves Christians like most people in government,GOD gave free healthcare for all look it up It's in the bible.

    June 12, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Shaun

    How can a republican want to continue to have ERs mandated to see everyone who comes in but not mandate that everyone has the means to pay for it?

    June 12, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. jim

    Of course he doesnt care..he can get all the healthcare he needs even without insurance. Welcome to the World of Mitt Believe he doesnt give a damn about all those people who will lose their coverage immediately it is shot down by SCOTUS. He is a pathhelogical liar who hasnt got an honest bone in his body. They say all politicians are liars..well he takes the cake. However hard the times are now I cant believe the American people will be stupid enough to vote for him.. It will be a lot worse! Tell me one thing Mr Romney why is that when ever we have gone through a recession before as we did under Regan, H W Bush and G W Bush the government always increased government employment to get out of the recession and under Mr Obama it has been the exact opposite! YOU DONT HAVE TO BE A FOOL TO SEE THAT INDEED THE GOP IS PURPOSEFULLY SCUTTLING THE ECONOMY JUST TO GAIN POWER. The GOP and you Mr Romney disgust me that you would be so uncaring to the American people who are suffering so much

    June 12, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    Critical Thinking

    The issue is can the Federal Government make a law that forces the citizens who they represent to purchase a product or service that the Federal Government has deemed necessary. The answer should be no...both now and in the future. Our country has a foundation built on individual accountability, it is what has made us the greatest country in the world.

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    If that's what those who don't want to be responsible for themselves really believe, then medical treatment facilities should be able to deny care to someone who doesn't have insurance and is unable to pay the ER bill. It costs $600 just to walk into an ER. Heaven forbid you should need anything beyond a script for an antiboitic – it all skyrockets from there! I have very good insurance, and thank goodness because I was injured in a skiing accident and had to have hand surgery (or lose the use of my thumb) as an outpatient. From my initial visit to the ER until the cast removal & follow up visit, my insurance company was billed $36,000. I don't know many Americans who have $36k lying around for emergencies – that's more than most Americans make in a year – BEFORE TAXES! And those who DO have that kind of coin lying around are already insured!

    June 12, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. anoel2005

    Romney believes in States rights.

    The individual States should decide whats right for themselves .

    I agree with Romney.

    June 12, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    For whom would striking down "Obamacare" be good, mittens? All those patients with preexisting conditions? Twenty-somethings whose parents can now cover them (at the parents' expense) until age 26? Oh, that's right – it'll be good for you because you believe it'll make President Obama look bad. IMO, it'll draw out a lot more Dem voters, not to mention more than a few repubs & indies who would lose their/their kid's benefits.

    June 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. A not-so-stupid former republican

    It's hard to understand why Romney is against the healthcare law. It was patterned after Romneycare that Willard established in Massachesetts. Romney is now against his own plan. Talk about flip flopping!

    June 12, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Larry L

    @Critical Thinking

    The issue is can the Federal Government make a law that forces the citizens who they represent to purchase a product or service that the Federal Government has deemed necessary.
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    How is this different from Social Security and Medicare? For a myriad of reasons our society will always have people unable to pay cash for the outrageous costs of medical care or not disciplined enough, or affluent enough to pay insurance premiums. Americans consistently claim to want the provisions of the current law, especially true since we're becoming the fattest and and least healthy population in the world and our medical care needs are skyrocketing. When the uninsured go to the emergency room for treatment should we turn them away? Are you willing to pay their bill? Should insurance companies be allowed to cancel the policy of a child with cancer? Should companies place annual caps on payments likely to leave the insured with a choice between financial ruin and survival? Should CEOs choose the "best practices" based on the bottom-line rather than health needs? The math simply doesn't work without everybody included in the insurance pool. We have choices to make!

    June 12, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. w l jones

    The Feb. have enough natural resoure ( Oil, Gas. and others) on it land to pay for it people healthcare for the next two hundred years without one penny of taxpayer money. Act now Congress for the good of all American. Said enough.

    June 12, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Why can't liberals understand that the Constitution is there to protect the peoples rights from unlawful intrusion by the government? Forcing citizens to buy a product from a private company as a new condition of citizenship is sooo far out of bounds it is a no-brainer. That right was NEVER granted to the federal government by the people when they voted on the Constitution.

    States on the other hand may do it, unless their citizens wish to deny them that ability through their state constitution. Massachusetts as a far left state has no problem it seems with allowing its government to force all sorts of things upon them. Should they wish, the people can always amend their state constitution to deny the state that ability. And they probably should or who knows what they'll be forced to pay for next? They will be at the mercy of the looney lefitsts and their desire to control every aspect of your lives. No Big Gulp for you because the state knows better!

    June 12, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Goose

    I'm pretty sure this healthcare plan was his idea...so is Romney saying he is a bad policymaker and will try and pursue unconstitutional legislation if elected...if that's the case, i'll stick with Obama who is actually trying to make this country better for all rather than a select few...the private sector is doing "just fine," if you run a fortune 500 company banking record profits...not if you're a working man or woman laid off at the profiteers expense...what a sad state of affairs it is when we put corporate profits (under the black flag or economic growth) ahead of people's lives and tell them they should just work harder...what a joke America, the land of opportunity has become, plenty of opportunity...to pay back debt and be enslaved to the man for eternity

    June 12, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. independent

    If you plan on voting for this guy, keep this in mind: there may be an issue or two with which you and he agree. That or those issues may seem important today. However, Romney and his GOTParty are increasingly evolving to a point of view of which you need to be very aware and take into account when voting. They believe, ultimately, that only the strongest should survive, whether individuals or companies. They believe Government only makes the 'playing field' even for the weak, and therefore gets in the way of the strongest. They would perfer a white, mainly Christian, individualistic free-for-all, (bordering on vigilantism and anarchy) and they won't tolerate anything or anyone getting in the way of that kind of World Order. Do you really want that for your children, your parents, or you?

    June 12, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Rbenson

    @ Critical thinking. The government mandates that we all have auto insurance for our cars. Do you disagree with this mandate as well? How about your home owners that your mortgage company makes ou purchase, disagree with that one??

    June 12, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. suzibee

    People are so stupid – they honestly dont realize that "Obama Care" is a GOOD thing fort so many reasons!!!!....Jesus, typical "tell me what to think and I will" attitude.
    I for one will be so upset if this health plan is stopped – I have had cancer so I'm a "pre-exister" and the new law benefits me because it allows me to maintain health insurance even if you have had cancer before...please research before you vote...

    June 12, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. ciabella23

    You have United HealthCare coming out and stating they are going to keep parts if it is "shot down". There has been data gathered to show that it is saving the U.S Money...so of course you have Romney come out and say "striking it down" would be the right thing to do...

    It just amazes me, how many people are coming out and saying they are against it, without knowing really what is in it. You have people screaming they want "HealthCare Reform", but yet, apparently do not want anything to change....

    June 12, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. COJO

    This morning I read that some health insurances are going to keep some of the benefits Obamacare forced on them. Like parents can keep kids on their insurances until age 26. If this is true that some health insurances (United Health being one) is going to keep what was forced on them, explan to me why Obamacare is bad? Why did it take Obamacare to get the health insurances to do things better? Why did GOP not want health care to be better?

    June 12, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Rich

    Nothing has been done to lower cost, so how is mandating to people who couldn't afford coverage, that they have to have it going to magically make them be able to afford it? It won't. It is nothing but means for government to get itself further into the private insurance business.

    Those of you who buy into the "He tackled Healthcare" line. Need to realize that he has done nothing to address the problems of healthcare.

    June 12, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Rbenson – @ Critical thinking. The government mandates that we all have auto insurance for our cars. Do you disagree with this mandate as well? How about your home owners that your mortgage company makes ou purchase, disagree with that one??
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    Not very deep thinking. Neither of these involve citizenship. The government can't force you to buy car insurance if you don't register a car and drive it on the road and nobody can force you to buy home insurance unless you have a mortgage and the lender requires it to protect them.

    The equivolent in Obamacare would be for the government ot force you to buy car insurance and home insurance whether you owned a car or home or not.

    Why does this constantly need to be explained to liberals? Are you all dense??

    June 12, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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