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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  1. Coyle Drew

    Thinking about this deeply, I can understand why people believe traditional American/Constitutional freedoms are lost by this health care bill. This is, indeed, tragic for our country's future. How did the US arrive at this point, having been such a freedom-loving nation for these past centuries? Have we taught our young that they don't have the responsibility to care for themselves? Have we taught them that the federal government provides their needs and dreams? Have we not taught them that their true liberties and freedom comes from Almighty God, not the government? Well, anyway, we as a nation will suffer rebuke by the Lord for believing in the government rather than in Him, you will see, oh foolish people.

    March 24, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Dave

    HOW STUPID DO THE REPUBLICANTS THINK WE ARE???? "What he is supposed to do is have a plan that is bipartisan," Romney said"


    And calling your little plan " Prescription for Repeal" is as corney a ploy as Ive seen... Lets just call it what it is... "sour grapes"

    March 24, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Former Buckeye, now a Mountaineer

    Mitt Romney passed universal healthcare while governor of Mass., so why is healthcare reform not good for all of the US now. Obama did everything he could to get Republicans to participate in healthcare reform, but the GOP was focusing on defeating Obama to get back the Whitehouse. Why was nothing done when the Republicans controlled the Whitehouse and the Congress under George Bush for six years to pay for two wars, take back control of healthcare from the insurance companies and control spending? After the GOP ran up $7 trillion in debt and almost caused a depression, they now refuse to work with Obama and use reidiculous lies, like death panels to scare the elder in this country about reform. Republicans are becoming the angry, nasty, bigoted party of NO!

    March 24, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Willy Brown

    Barry is just a mannequin for the progressive hippies running amuck over our nation and they are destroying the democrat party

    March 24, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. KoKo

    Deal with it! Obama is finally trying to help us! All Bush could do is get us into a war we did not need!!!
    Thank you Obama for working so hard with the American people!
    Republicans are for the rich and wealthy, they only see themselves. Please quick being so selfish and support the new healthcare that so many Americans need.

    March 24, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Adam, Oregon

    Why is it that the only one's who MUST show bipartisanship are Democrats? Where was all the bipartisanship when Repubs were in control? Anyone remember Tom Delay? Boehner? Thad Cochran? Ted Stevens? How about any current Republicans? No, sorry, not buying into this faux outrage over no Repub support, after all they have come out against any changes to healthcare for decades. Why is that any different now? Well, it isn't. Repubs had year after year to actually do the right thing for AMERICA and fix the health care crisis. They chose to support the insurance companies while hard-working Americans continued to struggle and die from little or no healthcare. So to all the John McCains and Mitt Romney's, I have a message for you: Your failures are complete. Your services are no longer necessary. Please resign or retire, but into the health care system you have created for us, and enjoy the rest of your lives. This country can no longer accept or handle your kind of "governing." We the people demand better and for too long you have failed us, this country, and each other.


    March 24, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Rob Johnson

    Time for a reality check. There are only 33 Senators running for re-election next year. Let's say 17 of them are Democrats.

    Even if ALL 17 of them lose in November, that means there will be a minimum of 42 Democratic Senators in the next Congress.

    Forget about 60 votes to break a filibuster–It takes 2/3rds to override a Presidential veto, or 67 votes in the Senate.

    Therefore, NO chance of repealing health care until at least 2013.

    March 24, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Joe, Georgia

    Mitt Romney's opposition to the health care bill is a pure political joke. The bill that has been passed with the reconciliation changes looks very much like Romney's signature health care legislation in Massachusetts. This is just one more example of Romney being on multiple sides of issues when it is to his political advantage. Anyone who looks at Romney's record and his public statements can find him on multiple sides of many issues like abortion, gay rights and health care.

    March 24, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Linda

    How disgusting and yet how unsuprising. The Dems need to get the message out loud and clear: these Rethuglican'ts who opposed, and continue to oppose, heathcare reform DO NOT CARE ABOUT ANY OF US. The only people who can ever expect any kind of legislative help from Rethugs are fetuses and fatcats. If you're an actual born person making a modest income-forget about help from these selfish egomaniacs! THEY are the reason America finds itself in crisis. Amazing how so-called "Christians" in an alledgedly "Christian nation" can't seem to recall that Jesus preached, "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me". Hypocrites, all! But what do folks like Romney care about the concerns of the average American? After all, he HAS his healthcare well in hand.

    March 24, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Jerry

    The democrat solutions always sound good at first but history tells the whole story. Social security and medicare are both now completely broke and Obama care will soon follow. Mitt and all republicans should back off the fight and let the democrats explain how that $2500 dollar savings per family has turned into a expense instaed.

    March 24, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. buckwheat

    Where is the Obiden story.We had the spitting thing the other day and the racial slurs.what is the difference?YOu had it all over your breaking news before it hit the ground.Awaiting moderation.

    March 24, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Unhappy voter in Arkansas

    Mitt Romney put in place a very similar health care plan in Massachusetts. Now the state is in the red and talking about taxing college endowment funds. So obviously this doesn't work. So why is Mr Romney talking out against the president when he did the same thing? I wan't sure if I trusted Mr Romney in the past but when I receintly found out that he has an exclusive estate that is shared by JW Marriott JR and Nolan Archibald, I know that his loyalties are held with his Morman bretheren. For those who don't know Nolan Archibald was the CEO of Black & Decker and sold it out to Stanley for only his profit. I hope this isn't the leadership we are looking for. Friends and collegues speak a thousand words about someone, look at our current president.

    March 24, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. alpha_nu_916

    hard to be bipartisan when one party has flat out refused to work with the president.
    how can he reach across the isle when republicans are intent on seeing him fail?
    mitt's feigned outrage makes me vomit.

    March 24, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Good grief

    What a hypocrite.

    March 24, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Change In America

    Could we just move on from the health care reform it pass just leave it along. The republicans are trying to destroy our country.

    March 24, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Dave

    "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."

    Who cares? The GOP had plenty of chances to offer constructive ideas and solutions and all they did was whine and cry like little children who had their toys taken away from them. They had their chance and they wasted it. Tough s–t.

    Talk all you want, Romney. This bill has about as good a chance of being repealed as you do of getting elected President – none.

    March 24, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Walter

    More Republican howling at the moon.

    March 24, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Dano

    So the Mittster wants to repeal parts of a health care reform bill that closely resembles the one he signed into law when he was a governor? Typical politician. They sell their soul (and vote) to the highest bidder.

    March 24, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Catherine Wolff

    You haven't seen Mitt Romney winning any elections lately, have you?

    March 24, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Jefferson Handcock

    Its funny how the GOP (Gross Opposition Products) as supposed to be so Patriotic yet it flat out kills them to help American's. the utter gull to say take back Our country, how is it your country and who has America now, Africa? Trillion dollars to shoot bombs into the sand and rebuild Iraq, but not for the health and Education in America. The Republicans built schools, hospitals, and homes over there but nothing here.... Keep Talking, and above all, Keep disrespecting the President, this will assure the Dem's victory!!!!!! YES WE CAN!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Ben in Texas

    Here's what the Repugnants have as options for repeal of health care reform:

    1) They can try to get it overturned in the courts, which all the experts think is very unlikely, or
    2) they can introduce legislation to repeal it, which would require not only a majority vote, but a veto-proof majority.

    That plainly is not going to happen. This is all for show, folks. It's a desperation move. The Party of No is also now officially the Party of Losers. L-O-S-E-R-S!

    Take a quick peek, because the Repugnants may not be around long.

    March 24, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Steve in Denver

    Yeah, right Mitt. By November, when the public realizes there are no death panels, there aren't millions of illegal aliens on the program, millions of new abortions did not occur, and every other thing stupid people believed that you all said, you are going to repeal the ban on preexisting conditions, repeal the ban on cancelling policies when people get sick, and every other good thing this bill does?

    Good luck with that. In fact, please run on it. We'll sure remind the voters that you all scared everybody with your senseless lies. I just hope they hold you accountable.

    March 24, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. GOPer

    Yet once again coming out on the wrong side of an issue.

    I can give Mr. Romney 35 Millions reasons he needs to reconsider his position.

    We need help in the GOP and FAST!

    March 24, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Ted C

    Obama has gone back on his word in many things since his campaign full of promises and he gets a free pass from the media.

    March 24, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Jake

    Does it really matter what Obama does? Romney like all the Republicans are going to criticize Obama whatever he does no matter what it is. So, Romney saying Obama did things wrong is the same as saying "Obama didn't do things that benefit Republicans therefore I didn't like it.". That's an opinion not a fact. And we all know everyone has opinions like thay have

    March 24, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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