June 26th, 2012
02:24 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney tips hand on SCOTUS health care response

Salem, Virginia (CNN) - Days before the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of President Obama's signature health care law, his GOP rival Mitt Romney tipped his hand in a Tuesday speech, giving a Virginia audience a glimpse at how he might react to the hotly-anticipated decision.

In his remarks, the presumptive GOP nominee showed he had a contingency response for different possible outcomes from the court. The decision is expected to come down on Thursday.

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"If Obamacare is not deemed constitutional, then the first three and a half years of this president's term will have been wasted on something that has not helped the American people," Romney said, to applause from an audience of roughly 1,500 supporters.

Romney, whose criticism of the president's health care reform initiative has been a rallying cry on the stump, continued: "If it is deemed to stand, then I'll tell you one thing. Then we'll have to have a president – and I'm that one – that's gonna get rid of Obamacare. We're gonna stop it on day one."

The Supreme Court could also strike down certain portions of Obama's health care law, while letting other provisions stand.

Republican audiences at events across the country have been wildly supportive of Romney's promise to dismantle the controversial reform measure. Since the contentious Republican primary the former Massachusetts governor has largely avoided mention of the health care reform plan he signed as governor, which both Democrats and Romney's former Republican rivals have tied to Obama's plan.

On Tuesday the former Massachusetts governor also made his first televised remarks on the Supreme Court's Monday ruling on an Arizona immigration law.

Romney faulted the president for failing to enact immigration reform, and charged him with creating a "muddle" that Arizona tried to address with its own law.

Romney accused the president of neglecting both the economy and immigration reform in favor of pushing through his health care law, and framed the Supreme Court's anticipated health care decision as a referendum on Obama's presidency.

"Instead of focusing on immigration, and of course on the big issue, which was the economy and getting the economy going, he instead focused on putting in place his healthcare reform called Obamacare," Romney said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • Supreme Court
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. MTATL67

    The Ever Ready used car salesman....good ole puppet Mitt.

    June 26, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    Anyone else getting sick of Willard Romney's daily lies? Can't wait for the debates. No place for Romney the serial liar to hide then.

    June 26, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Timm

    I love the sign, "Virgina Believes". In what? God is from the planet Kholar and jesus and satan are brothers and M.R. is becoming a god and after he dies he will be a god and have his own planet and a 1,0000 virgins. Wise up people and do your own Fact Checking!

    June 26, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Hap

    Incase Mitsy hasn't noticed health care is a big issue. After my house it is my biggest expense and it keep getting worse. I want people who choose not to get health care off my back and we are moving towards that, but I guess republicans like paying higher premiums and spending tax dollars to support these folks instead of making them pay their own way, go figure.

    June 26, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Kenny K

    Does Romney still believe that the healthcare system he signed to law is a model for the nation?

    June 26, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. cali girl

    What will come out of his mouth if the ACA is a win?
    I am betting Mr. FILP FLOP will come out that this was his idea. Slam it now, win it back later.

    June 26, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Bob

    Etch-A-Sketch can't keep his lies straight from day to day.

    June 26, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. wade

    In yet more bad news for Obama. Gallup's Economic Confidence Index was -26 for the week ending June 24, down slightly from -24 the week before. Americans' confidence has now receded for four straight weeks, and is at its lowest point since late January. While this issue of Immigration is important it is not nearly as important as the failure of Obama on the economy.

    June 26, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. dave

    did romney forget that he supported obamacare?

    June 26, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    "If it is deemed to stand, then I'll tell you one thing. Then we'll have to have a president – and I'm that one – that's gonna get rid of Obamacare. We're gonna stop it on day one."

    No Willard you are NOT that one and I would love to know how long it takes you to drag yourself out of bed each morning and tell these lies.

    June 26, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. rs

    Mr. Romney is a piece of work- on one hand complain that if the Supreme Court overturns the ACA, he will have accomplished nothing (just reduced costs and 30 million Americans covered for 2 years); on the other say his first act to to strip those same Americans of their coverage if the Supreme Court upholds the ACA and the Republican Individual Mandate.

    Now why would anyone but a millionaire vote for this guy?

    June 26, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Patriot Awesome

    "If Obamacare is not deemed constitutional, then the first three and a half years of this president's term will have been wasted on something that has not helped the American people,"

    Is he admitting that the will help people if it is upheld? It's like he's saying he'll repeal anything that will help people.

    Oh why couldn't you Republicans have nominated Ron Paul? Romney is such a tool!

    June 26, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. rs

    Hey Wade- maybe if the Republicans in the Senate would do something- like stop the filibuster on the Transportation Bill, we could put a million people back to work. That might alter the Gallup EO a bit.

    June 26, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Desmond in Canada

    Whoopity Woo! We can hardly expect Rawmoney to have anything good to say about Obama, anyway!

    June 26, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    @ Timm

    I was thinking the same thing. I guess they believe it is okay to be a draft dodger, ship jobs overseas, fire people and enjoy doing it and spawn five healthy sons who follow in his footsteps. Not the kind of Christian behavior I want or need in my president now or ever.

    June 26, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. ST

    Dismantle healthcare reform and replace with what Romney? I suppose nothing could had never been done, if any coming administration found something they didn't like done by the previous admin. and decided to throw it away!

    June 26, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    Each time I see a picture of Willard's crowd, I am reminded of where "my place" would be in his vision for America.

    No thank you.

    June 26, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Lionel

    People wake up. The Republicans are feeding you Kool Aid. I will never vote for Romney. What a liar. The ACA was based on the one he passed when he was govenor.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    June 26, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Bob

    Still haven't heard Mr. Romney's Health Care plan to replace Obamacare. The only Health Care Plan he's offered in his political career is... Obamacare. Flip-flop, Mittens.

    June 26, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It appears we have Republican Justices and if Romney wins there will be no stopping what a Republican Congress will do with the help of these Justices. There will be no justice for the American people, only the 1%, so the 99% can kiss yourselfs goodbye.

    June 26, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. B

    History will record republicans as being responsible for the practice of "discrimination based upon pre-existing conditions" being the Law of the Land when the Supreme Court strikes down Healthcare Reform.

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

    Mitt Romney – Committed to nothing.

    June 26, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. charles

    Romney is very scary.He doesn't make sense at all. God save us from this flipper and lier bishop.

    June 26, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Willard: stay away from models. You said AZ was a model for the country – wrong. Your signature accomplishment in MA was Romneycare that you said should be a model for the rest of the country (mandates of course). If that should be politicized in the SCOTUS then that would be oh for two.
    Republicans want the death panels of the insurance industry to take hold front and center again. Profits before people.
    So what is his stance on AZ today?

    June 26, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. I Can See Clearly Now!!

    When the Senate Minority Leader states that the mission of the Republican Party is to make Obama a one term president, shortly after he was sworn into office...appears to have been forgotten!! That is what has happened for the past 3.5 years. Unfortunately, it may work!!

    June 26, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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