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. Expat American

    Romney needs to start handing out $1,000.00 T-Shirts at his staged faux outrage campaign stops.

    June 12, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    ......to ship jobs to china???? Idiot.

    June 12, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    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.
    Romney needs to be hammering Obama and Obamacare EVERY WEEK until the election. It was why a record number of Demorcats were removed from office in 2010 and it'll be why the rest, including Obama, will be removed in 2012. Obama is avoiding it like the plague. Romney needs to remind the American people of why Obama needs to be rmoved in November, 2012.

    June 12, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Bill

    Romney is a real clown.

    June 12, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |

    Look who's talking ,probably never been to a gas station or supermarket in his life ,no thanks !!!!

    June 12, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. 1twinsfan

    Obama is out of touch? I know if I said to the President "hey, did you see that game last night?" he'd wouldn't give some response with the word "sport" in it.

    June 12, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. simp

    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.

    June 12, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Debra from Georgia

    This guy is the biggest fraud ever. Now he has on his thinging "Repeal & Replace" what as idiott.

    Now, I whether have President Obama at my picnic then this out of touch, corporation are people too my friend jerk.

    June 12, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. repeal & replace...

    Right on Americans need to vote to repeal and repace the whole of Washington system from the White House to Congress....It just isn't wotking for the countrey and its Peole.....

    June 12, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Throwtheflag

    I'll bet you $10,000 right now that Obama is more in touch with middle income families than Mitt Romney.

    June 12, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Republican who supports President Obama

    The look on his face says it all. He wants to repeal Healthcare Reform and replace it b/c it is not their plan. The GOP in office are a disaster and can't wait for election day to cast my vote against every one who puts party above the people.

    Roomney will continue to stay in his safe havens and throw stones. I would like him to venture into an area where real people (not teapublicans) can ask him basic questions. He has spent too much time whining but has not given any details to make me believe his intentions are sound. I know for a fact he will fail b/c HE is out of touch with the working class citizens.

    June 12, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Blindersoff

    Florida will be robbed again by the republican machine, but this time their eyes will be wide-open but their minds and freewill well be taken and assimilated They are slowly becoming apart of the collective force of dumb-dumbs.

    June 12, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Pander Bear

    Hmm, Mitt seems to be doubling down on this original strategy. He's expanded "I know you are but what am I?" to include "You're rubber and I'm glue". Genius!

    June 12, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Larry L

    Funny to hear Romney's critical comments about a health care plan HE INVENTED! Even funnier to hear the Republicans revise history to ignore that fact.

    Romney need to talk to his "friends who own sports teams" or spend more time in "one of his houses" so he can strengthen his ties to the working people... Maybe eat some cheesy grits...

    June 12, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Replace all of washington politicains...

    From the White House to Congress the system as is is not working for the country and its Peole...

    June 12, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |

    I guess the people of Florida aren't that smart if they want the health care law overturned ,and they elected Scott who was is accused of medicade fraud as their gov .although he will be kicked out in his next election!!!!vote Dem

    June 12, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Sorensen

    This from a guy who is totally empty, no personality, no guts, no charisma, no relevant experience, no style, no nothing.

    June 12, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Wake up people

    Well if that's not the pot calling the kettle black? No one is more out of touch as Robmey and Anne. So is this his strategy? Take everything the POTUS, Gingrich and Santorum said about him and say it about President Obama?? Really Mittens?? We call that flipping the script, and it ain't working. President Obama is very in touch with the people, you on the other hand are not, unless the people are Nascar owners (we know, they are your friends along with corporations. )The more this idiot talks, the dumber he sounds. And he went to Harvard??? I wouldn't tell anybody if I were him.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 12, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. David

    Mr Pot-meet-Kettle is getting annoying already.

    June 12, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Mark

    What makes this multi-millionaire think that he's in touch? He is the president of fantasy land. He's never had to work for his meals or have trouble paying a bill. He's never done it nor have any of his rich friends. Sorry Mitt but I'm not voting for you....ever.

    June 12, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. tee27

    This guy and his brother in law Rick Scott are a joke, First Mitt has parked his $250 million of shore and refuse to show his tax returns, Then Scott trying to steal the state for him. Why not they stole it from Al Gore.

    June 12, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. cali girl

    Throwtheflag, I am right there with you. Lets see how many posts come in on this one.

    June 12, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. 0nce upon a horse

    I don't not begrudge Mitt Romney for being wealthy, but let's get REAL here. I doubt if he nor too many other members of Congress can tell me if they have to live from payday to payday, maybe decide which bill to pay this time and choose for the next payday, drive a car that they pray will last until they have enough money to repair it, have to go into their kid's college account to make ends meet, hope that they health insurance will not cancel them for overuse. And this is hapening in what was once middle class America. Send out hundreds of resume's and get no answers or either "we'll call you". The term "out of touch" is WAY over used by BOTH parties because they claim they feel the pain of the people but really they can not relate to most.

    June 12, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Romney can't figure out how to get a twist top off a beer bottle because he has a servant probably mexican to do it for him talk about out of touch

    June 12, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Myviewis

    Obama is not able to participate in this discussion since he knows not about business, running a business, has never owned a business and never took schooling in finance, economics, business administration, management. This is way over Obama's head which is why he is not in touch with reality. Obama has no idea what it takes to run a business.

    June 12, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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