March 24th, 2010
10:38 AM ET
13 years ago

Romney gets behind health care repeal push

(CNN) - Former and likely future presidential candidate Mitt Romney is vowing to support conservative lawmakers who pledge to repeal aspects of the health care reform bill that President Obama signed into law Tuesday.

Called "Prescription for Repeal," the new effort from Romney's Free and Strong Political Action Committee is promising to fund members of Congress who "will repeal the worst aspects of Obamacare and restore commonsense principles to healthcare," according to a statement released Wednesday.

Romney's PAC has already singled out three GOP members of Congress from Ohio: Reps. Jean Schmidt, Steve Chabot, and Steve Stivers. The PAC is sending each candidate $2,500 for their primary campaigns.

Appearing on CNN's Larry King Live Tuesday night, Romney took aim at Obama for failing to attract any Republican support for the health care reform legislation.

"What he is supposed to do is have a plan that is bipartisan," Romney said. "The process was one which violated the principles which he played out during the campaign and was a power push by a single party."

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Enough with President Obama being on the “campaign trail”. If the new health care law is supposed to be so good for us it will sell itself. However, if the President feels he has to go out to sell and convince everyone that everything you do is good for them then you are either doing a bad job with your message from the White House or the policies just do not agree with Americans’ views. I do not want my President on the road like Willy Loman. I want my President in the White House focused on the economy, jobs, and national security. I understand a President needs to travel and can multitask on the road, but this is unnecessary; the health care bill has passed, so move on. I want more focus or at least feel he is focused on the issues I mention above. Enough being in the campaign mode; it is starting to look like that is the only thing President Obama is good at. Come on!

    March 24, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Hypocrite Mitt

    There WILL be a revolution if republicans repeal this bill. Republiklans need to stop while they're ahead. Come November, there will no longer be a republican party.


    March 24, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Sue from California

    Romney gets behind whatever "bandwagon" that seems popular with the ultra-conservative right. I always wonder if he even knows what he supports. It is time he gave up his quest for the presidency. He'll never make it.

    March 24, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. slipthalo

    How can he blame the President for not getting Republican support when they loudly exclaimed they would use Healthcare as his Waterloo? Now they're going to use more stall tactics such as ridiculous amendment debates to delay it – i.e. No monies being used to provide Viagra for the homeless. They are no longer the party of no, they are no longer a viable party.

    March 24, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Jim

    " ... Romney took aim at Obama for failing to attract any Republican support for the health care reform legislation."

    shame on you mr romney. your president asked and asked and ASKED for republican input almost on a daily basis. none was given.

    March 24, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Noise from the "Right," at this point is but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing."

    March 24, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Charlotte, NC

    I realize that there are people who really do believe this reform is the first step on the road to communism. Are they really so uninformed, do they not look at the world, or do they have the IQ of a rock?

    If they would take any measure to inform themselves, check out the other countries (ALL civilized countries) where this has already been done maybe they could see other countries have not dissolved into communism or socialism.

    This type of activity should have been when Bush was in office and getting us into these wars. Taking our talented young men, putting them in harm's way and getting them killed–now that is taking resources and giving them away.

    March 24, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. chill

    The GOP never intended to support any Democratic healthcare proposal... period. Besides, when a clear majority of the elected representatives are Democrats and Obama was elected based on a promise for universal or near-universal access to healthcare, the resultinmg plan- bipartisan or not- is going to lean in the majority direction. Many GOP ideas and wishes were incorporated into the bill, but in the end, the GOP was not willing to compromise, whether for political or philosophical reasons. I can't think of one issue where they agreed to accept the Democratic approach. If they had done so, there would have been even more of their issues addressed, but it was obvious that they would not support anythign but capitulation, and that was not acceptable. It takes two to be bipartisan. When the GOP is ready, I think they will find Obama still ready.

    March 24, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Will-South Dakota

    Romney should buy Costa Rica, move there with Rush, Palin and the failed Gop leadership.

    March 24, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. truth

    Romney has no credibility. He needs to rally behind a worthy cause. The health care protesters are tea baggers who are a group of right-wingers filled with hatred. Romney forgets he is a mormon. Today the tea baggers and health care protesters are against blacks, and gays. Tomorrow it just might be mormons. If he is as intelligent as he professes to be, he will find other causes to champion.

    March 24, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. don

    In order to have a bipartisan anything, you have to have members of the other party 'willing' to play.

    All the repubs could do was take their ball and go home. They voted against many of their own ideas.

    Both sides of the aisle suck. Go Ron Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Navy Vet

    Excuse me Romney, but even before the healthcare reform debates started, your fellow GOP politicians were distributing letters on how to stop, kill and obstruct the process.

    Obama can't force you to participate, but you can't blame him for the GOP refusing from the very beginning.

    You have no one to blame but yourselves, unless you don't believe in taking personal responsibility?

    March 24, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Ron in Indiana

    This is simply an attempt to boost his ratings. Same with McCain and Palin. It needs to be repealed at a State level through the courts because this in unconstitutional. The Government has no right to tell the American people that they have to buy something from a private company. I will not buy health care at $1000 per month just because the Government tells me too.

    March 24, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    Not like Obama didn't try, Mitt. It was YOUR party that couldn't admit that it would be better to be part of the process than to place all your bets on it failing...

    March 24, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Hey Romney, can you spell HYPOCRITE?

    March 24, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. lolo

    How can you attract anyone who does not want to participate in discussions. Mr. Romney and the Repulicans have all lost their minds. They are in their own little dillusional world. They only care about themselves. They are upset because they will have to pay more taxes. What the republicans need to be doing is stopping this nasty rhetoric that is going on in their party. This is a party that wants to take America back in time. They are truly showing their racist colors. The news media does not call them out for their very bad behavior. Just look at how McCain is acting. Then he has the nerve to want to be elected anyway for another term. The GOP lost now get over it.

    March 24, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Voted4HealthCare

    Romney's flip-flopping hypocrisy never seems to cease. Which way are the political winds blowing today for the latest talking points, Mitt?

    RomneyCare great for MA but not for Americans? Give me a break.

    March 24, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Bed time for Raygun

    If this chump could just quit lying he might have had a chance.The industry was behind the scenes the whole time working on this thing.Why do you think it started without "SINGLE PAYER".Hes no more than a K Street lobbyist now,getting his bag filled untaxable income,hidden in some offshore acct.

    March 24, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. rdepontb

    Mitt Gumby-he'll bend any way you want him and stay that way until the next picture frame.

    What a phoney Republican! Aaaachh!#@$@#!!

    March 24, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. lolo

    Again the polls are lying. Some people do not even respond to polls, only the ones who are trying to change America to their drum beat. CNN you really need to report the real news.

    March 24, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Sgt. USMC

    ***I am sure I am not the only one who will point out that republicans had a chance before the bill was signed to provide their own ideas for the bill. However you were too busy voting NO.***

    March 24, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. republicans hate america

    so he wants you denied for pre existing conditions, he's for companies dropping you when you get sick, and believes doing nothing about healthcare is a better answer. nice. these are the people you want to "take back america" in november

    March 24, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Tribunus Celerum

    Of course he broke his oath, the Prez doesn't care about the American people, the true patriots in this country. Hard working, blue-collar class families. The only thing he cares about is if he makes it into the news of some good sort and later on imrpoves it by anteing up his image and stance, he's a Liberal and a hardcore one. And I for one am tired of his unorthodox stances on many issues that millions of people still have.

    We will not accept your change, Mr. President. If I knew in hindsight that you would do this, then I could have give a s- about you and switch my vote for Sen McCain.

    March 24, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Andy from NY

    The 'H' word is applicable here.

    March 24, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Ryan

    I'm really sick of these idiots speaking on behalf of "Americans" because last time I checked, I'm American and I voted for Obama SPECIFICALLY to fix our healthcare issue and he did – Thanks to Republicans he wasn't able to do it the way we all hoped for but he still got it done and it's better than nothing at all (and will be improved over the years I'm sure) – So these Right Wing Kooks can shove it.

    I stand by this bill and I refuse to go back to the way things were before and that regressive thinking is what will doom this party because they cannot accept change and the first law of nature is – things that don't change don't grow and when they don't grow... they die.

    March 24, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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