June 12th, 2012
03:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney: Obama needs to 'get in touch'

Orlando (CNN) – In a speech Tuesday, Mitt Romney continued to admonish Barack Obama for his remark last week saying the private sector "was doing fine," while also claiming the president misunderstands the economic impact of the health care law implemented by his own administration.

"The president needs to get in touch with what's happening in the private sector, what's happening with middle income families and the damage that's being done by the specter of Obamacare and the taxes that it already charges to businesses in the health care sector," Romney said Monday.

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With a large "Repeal & Replace Obamacare" sign behind him and another one affixed on his podium, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee outlined his own national health care plan and addressed the pending U.S. Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

"I intend to do both if I'm the president at a time when the Supreme Court has left Obamacare in place, I will repeal it on day one by sending out a waiver to all 50 states to keep them from having to pursue Obamacare," he said, speaking in Orlando at air filtration manufacturer Con-Air Industries, Inc.

The Romney campaign selecting Florida's politically charged I-4 corridor – an area that voted for President George W. Bush in 2004 but voted for Obama in 2008 - to focus on Obama's controversial health care bill was no accident.

A campaign staffer was sure to point out in a tweet a recent Quinnipiac poll that showed Florida voters, by a 51-38 percent margin, want the 2010 health care reform legislation overturned.

Another May survey by Quinnipiac University indicated that Romney holds a six-point lead over Obama in the crucial battleground state of Florida, with 47% of registered voters behind Romney and 41% behind Obama, with 7% unsure. The six-point advantage for Romney is up from the beginning of the month, when Romney was at 44% and Obama at 43% in a previous Quinnipiac's poll in Florida.

Romney, who has faced his share of criticism for enacting legislation as governor that mandated health care insurance in Massachusetts, described Obama’s plan as “the poster child for a piece of policy that’s made it harder for businesses to hire people, so we’ve got to get rid of it.”

“Now just yesterday the president said something else that shows just how much out of touch he is,” Romney continued. “He said he didn’t understand that Obamacare was hurting small business, he doesn’t understand that Obamacare impacts small business, and you have to scratch your head about that.”

Romney then cited a survey of more than 1,300 small business owners, released in January by the Chamber of Commerce, which found nearly 75% surveyed said the health care law makes it harder for their business to hire more employees.

The White House hopeful applied economic principles to explain how he would fix health care in the United States.

“We can get health care to act more like a consumer market, and if we do that and we stop making it like a big government-managed utility, we’re going to see better prices, lower costs and better care,” Romney said. “It’s happened everywhere we’ve applied consumer market principles. Free enterprise is the way America works. We need to apply that to health care.”

Romney said “the best way to care for the uninsured” is to send Medicaid money back to the states so each state takes responsibility for managing and caring for their uninsured.

He would also allow individuals to receive a tax deduction for buying health insurance the same way small businesses do. He is also in favor of individuals and businesses being able to buy insurance across state lines so they can “get the best deal they can get anywhere in the country.”

As for Medicare, Romney favors individuals getting to choose between a traditional, government-sponsored Medicare or private-sector Medicare.

“And by the way, higher-income people I think should get less help getting Medicare than lower-income people. I think we should care for those that need the care most and let them choose the private or public system they prefer,” he said.

In response to the GOP candidate’s health care plan laid out in the speech, the president’s re-election team claimed Romney’s plan to “privatize” Medicare would bankrupt the program by 2016.

“For too long, American families have faced a choice between going bankrupt to afford the care they need or going without that care at all, and Mitt Romney wants to take us back to that time. Americans simply can’t afford Romney Economics,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith.

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Filed under: Florida • Health care • Mitt Romney
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. g

    romney knows theres a middle class -its in the dictionary

    June 12, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. demogoat

    Tax credits for having insurance. So would he make everyone include their employer provided health care as income and then give us a tax credit? Just asking.

    June 12, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Nuihc

    It is so entertaining reading the desperation in the leftist's posts. They are already making up excuses for an Obama loss in november. They did learn something from Obama though, blame someone else or it is someone else's fault that Obama lost.

    June 12, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. ted

    Romney – do you have a clue how an ATM works or do you bag your own groceries or pump your own gas or do your own dishes or mow your lawn or sweep the deck or wash windows? OR do you have an army of illegals doing your stuff? Sure. You are out of touch with reality due to your piles of money.

    June 12, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. MaryM

    Romney, it is YOU that is OUT OF TOUCH. President Obama worked with the Community. What has Romney done for ANY COMMUNITY. huh? NOTHING THATS WHAT.,

    June 12, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Jill

    What the "h" is Romney talking about. The private sector (by that we mean non-government) is doing pretty well and for publicly traded companies, the NYSE, DOW, etc. have risen nicely over the past 3 years – I'm sure Romney must be aware of this since he invests heavily in Wall Street. The public sector jobs, teachers, firefighters, police, government jobs have taken lots of losses this past 3 years and in States with GOP governors and controlled houses the losses are deep. Do you see a pattern here?

    June 12, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Matt


    I hope the romney idiots keep looking at the incorrect polls, it's June stupid nobody but CNN is constantly sprewing poll, polls, polls if romey does win FL AND I DOUBT IT VERY MUCH!! it would be because that crooked lying governor rich scott stole it.
    I know the truth is hard to deal with, but do try. Obama is so out of touch and way over his head when it comes to doing the job of the President of the United States it's frightening. Now what was that you posted on another thread? Oh wait, I know.....'If you dont like the lanuage stay off the blogs".......By the way, before you start calling folks "idiots" you might want to check your spelling and punctuation.

    June 12, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Name JR

    Obama panders to the same people who didn't take advantage of the free schools when they had a chance. Freedom is enduring not endowed by man or politics. Fairness is an illusion. People should think in terms of principals not ideology. And larger principals than what have you done for me..

    June 12, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. g

    romneys middle class start,s at 500,000 thousand a year below that your poor folks-and should not have the privilege off voting

    June 12, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. bbrooker88

    Know what else hinders companies from hiring? Having to pay employees. That and things like 40 hour work weeks, holiday pay, and lunch breaks. How companies pay a CEO's golden parachute if stupid employees keep draining the company coffers with all these bells and whistles??

    June 12, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ myviews

    in case you haven't paid attention these 3 years President Obama HAS met before with CEO's at least twice from what I recall. And you are correct President Obama may not know how to run a business but since when is running the country the same as running a business? For one thing usually when you run a business what the CEO says GOES, when you run the country you have to get what you want through Congress big difference right there.

    June 12, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    ANY person who votes for Willard DESERVES him. Have fun sending your sons and daughters to die for him also as I hear he loves human sacrifice as long as he is not the one sacrificing.

    Obama 2012 ALL the way.

    June 12, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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