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. MJS

    It's kind of funny that Romney is trashing the kind of mandatory healthcare plan that is a based on one that he forced down the throats of us here in Massachusetts while he was govenor. I don't think he understands that his chances of becoming President are slim given his Mormon background (still too iffy for the religious right it seems). The fact that he made his money as a corporate raider doesn't sit well with me...

    March 24, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. filp

    True definition of a hypocrite.

    1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
    2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

    Both are apt when describing Mitt. His own heath mandate in Massachusetts is a mirror image of Obama's.

    Mitt has no morality. He will burn in eternal hell.

    The Obama plan isn't perfect, but it's a start and I'm grateful somebody had the balls to move forward without regard to the potential political fallout.

    Mitt is so blinded by desire to be President he's sell out whatever. Best Mitt moment was saying his kids didn't need to join the army to fight in Iraq (chicken hawk) as they were doing a higher duty, stumping for their father.

    Yea, Mitt's our savior.

    March 24, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Roger

    You want to talk about betrayal? Let's talk about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Let's talk about silence on health care reform for eight years of Republican dominance. Let's talk about Republicans allowing the Wall Street feeding frenzy that led to near economic collapse. That is real betrayal. What were you saying then Mitt?

    March 24, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. ART

    Hey Mit you lost get over it, I know its hard to accept the president being Mormon and all, but in the real world African Americans can attain positions at the top

    March 24, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    "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."

    This debate was out there for a FULL YEAR!!! YOU, Romney, and your RepubliCAN'T sidekicks REFUSED to participate!!! The RepubliCAN'T's goal from DAY 1 was to make this bill FAIL. How can the bill be prepared in a 'BIPARTISAN' way if the RepubliCAN'Ts refused to participate?

    NOW, you want to "REPEAL and REPLACE" – "PRESCRIPTION for REPEAL" – "Start over with a CLEAN SHEET of PAPER".... it's Too LATE!!!

    Ya'll look like LOST PUPPIES and you want the American people that I KNOW, to feel sorry for you........"It's about COFFEE – not tea – YOU and ME"! Now you have to figure out who “YOU and ME” are?????

    March 24, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. DaveC

    The President tried over and over again for bi-partisan support. The GOP is simply the party of NO. The bill contains far TOO many GOP ideas and is similar to Romney's SOCIALIST health reforms in Massachusetts. He is the definition of is Boehner, McCain, Palin, etc.......I pray to God that these people stay in the minority in our government. They are DANGEROUS.....

    March 24, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Steve

    Hey, Mitt! Kinda hard to play bipartisan politics with the likes of yourself. Republican auto-response system says "no" to anything the Dems try to move forward...even if it's for the common good of middle-class America. As a former Republican and twice-voter for Bush, a lot of us are fed up with your kind. You're doing absolutely nothing for America except taking up space in a congressional seat where you don't belong any more.

    March 24, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. bar m chopper

    Watch and see how the worm turns when everyday people begin to feel the benfits of the new health care reform. Romney, like most of the GOP, is bought and paid for by the insurance and pharmeceutical conglomerates.

    March 24, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Jefe

    As far as being a power-push by a single party, all I have to say is, "you reap what you sow." Republicans should have been less controlling in their purposeful shredding of the Constitution during their reign of Anti-American terror during the Bush Administration.

    That being said, of course there is a lot wrong with the "healthcare" bill, but anyone who speaks of "restoring commonsense principles" worries me a bit. Romney is one of few potential Republican candidates in the past 18 years since I've been allowed to vote who I would consider voting for, but if he considers an industry with an inflation rate more than twice the rate of inflation, which has cannibalized our economy to have any sort of "commonsense" behind it, I'm truly concerned for his mental health.

    March 24, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Tram

    Romney doesn't have a right to say anything. None of the GOPers do. The president has tried time and again to create a bipartisan congress, one that works together, but the GOP with their lies, their vitriol, their fear mongering and their name calling have only created a hostile workplace for anyone in Washington.

    Can they now be removed for creating a hostile workplace? It's the GOPs fault, all of it. They refuse to work and play well with others.

    March 24, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Bye Bye GOP

    This guy is one big joke. How many times can you flip flop on key issues and get away w/ it. His own party didn't even nominate him in '08. Get a clue already. And stop fighting rappers on airplanes. lol

    March 24, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. al in memphis

    "What he is supposed to do is have a plan that is bipartisan," Romney said.

    Obama tried that for more than a year. It clear to most Americans that the Republicans were interested in using this as a political ploy. Opposing whatever the President doing only in the interest of getting back in the White House.

    The President tried to have a summit where the two parties could talk about what they agreed on and how to move forward. Republicans took their marching oders from the GOP and just wanted to start over and get nothing done.
    Until a Republican comes forward with some sense of doing the job they were elected to do- they don't have a chance .

    March 24, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Romney's talking points need to be refreshed. Bipartisanship is so yesterday's news. It's been evident since November 2008 that the GOP never had any intentions of playing the game. Republicans have been a day late and a dollar short for over 3 years now.

    America doesn't like sore losers. Never has, never will, Mitt. While campainging on fancy slogans of repeal may be profitable to the base of fools willing to spend their money on such nonsence, it is NOTHING more than that: a fundraiser.

    A word of advise to all GOPers: This might be a good time to stop believing your own hype. Who knows, maybe, just maybe, your party can come up with a clear thinking, viable presidential candidate.

    By the way . . . I wouldn't count on Americans actually wanting Health Care Reform repealled. Anymore than they would want Social Security or Medicare repealled.

    It's those darn polls you all quoted day after day. The polling never was factual. Of coarse, you all knew this, didn't you?

    March 24, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Emma

    He will do or say anything just to get elected. What color is his hair today?

    March 24, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Minnesotan

    "Romney took aim at Obama for failing to attract any Republican support for the health care reform legislation." Well, gee, Mr. Big Hair.... if the Republicans had brought any productive ideas to the table, instead of NO, NO, NO, perhaps they would have been listened to. But instead of moving America forward and fixing the problems left by the previous administration, the GOP is more interested in childish game-playing, one-upmanship and obstructing progress and growth.

    March 24, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Larry

    Nobody cares what Mitt Romney says or does

    He has proven himself worthless as a person and politician

    His opinions simply follow the Republican book of talking points, he has no real mind of his own

    Who cares ?

    March 24, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. cjg

    What a suprise, NOT!

    Do the Repubs say yes to anything ?

    And they say they want to be bipartisan , , but you cannot be bipartisan
    when you say NO to evetyhing the other side offers up, Many things in the HCR bill that were changed and added were added and adopted from Repub ideas etc. and they are still saying NO!
    What they really are saying No to is the Dems in general and Obama's election and help for many Americans because they do not care about anything anymore but producing hate and making sure Obama fails . It has nothing to do with healthcare, or what is needed in this country ,
    it is all about winning at all costs, and never ever working together with Dems. And then turn around and point fingers and say you won't let us play in the game because we will not play unless you change all the rules , and we can always win , and the other side always loses!
    I am at a loss at to understand this 'new " republican party , it is not what it once was and that is really very sad!

    March 24, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. BeverlyNC

    Isn't it interesting how Republicans always seem to accuse Democrats of what Republicans have actually been the ones to say and do?

    The only Party who has betrayed their oath of office to SERVE the PEOPLE are the Republicans. They have done NOTHING for working families all year. They have called for our failure. They declared from the beginning of President Obama taking office that would oppose EVERYTHING – things they had not yet even seen or knew what would be presented to help restore the nation.

    Republicans have sat on the sidelines offering nothing, participating in nothing, refusing to be involved even when asked many times, and now they lie and say they were "shut out". They have lied to the People over and over and over and even when their lies are exposed they still tell them.

    Republicans have spread more than lies. They have spread hate, fear, racism, and whipped the ignorant into violent actions. They refuse to take responsibility for these actions nor will they denounce them. Republicans spat on Congressmen, called black Congressmen the "N" word as they walked to the Capitol and all the while Republican Congressmen were standing on the balcony above their lunatics egging them on and encouraging thus behavior.

    It's is disgusting behavior, show no character, no honor, no integrity, and how leaderless and valueless Republicans are.

    The games they are now playing on the Senate floor are absurd and ridiculous. The amendments they keep introducing are a farce and should be struck down by the parliamentarian as frivilous. On the Senate floor Democrats speak calmly and with the facts. When Republicans get on the floor they scream and yell and insult and still tell their same old lies. They have no decorum and no respect for their place and actions on the Senate floor.

    It's more than clear it's time to get rid of these dishonorable and lying hypocrites from their seats in Congress. They have betrayed THEIR oath and worse yet, have betrayed the PEOPLE and been traitors to what the People have made clear they want and need.

    Let's denounce Republican behavior of gutter politics, lies, hate, fear-mongering, racism, and violence-inducing speech by voting them all out of office in November. It's time to show them Americans do not accept their nasty and negative actions and will not support such dishonorable people.

    How sad Republicans abandoned the People this year due to nothing but bitterness and arrogant focus on only themselves and their corporate buddies who abuse all of us.

    Goodbye GOP – We stand strong with President Obama and the Democrats who have worked hard all year for you and I. They care about us and have proven it with all people-oriented legislation. They are the Party of and for the PEOPLE.

    March 24, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Independant Thinker

    Ahhhh. The Dog chasing the Garbage Truck.

    This kind of "Popularism" is exactly why those of us out here are fed up with these clowns.
    Once again....they just don't get it.

    March 24, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Keeth in California


    March 24, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Brandon

    Mitt Romney is so slimy Im sure he leaves a snail trail.

    March 24, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "What he is supposed to do is have a plan that is bipartisan,"

    Hey Mittens, read much? Newsflash: there ARE bipartisan components to this LAW. The problem is that, as the song goes, for you 'it's all or nothing'. Well I hate to be the one to break it to you Mitts, but the butt-kissing part of this program is OVER! You can go ahead and piss off the 30 plus million Americans that just got their shot at health insurance (in it's various forms) if you want to, but we're DONE having you and your ilk piss on US!

    Better bring your best of the best out of the closet to go head to head with us in this 'legal' battle that you claim to be waging to SAVE AMERICUNS. While you prepare your little legal brief, we'll be dismantling the massive amounts of lies and misinformation and replacing it with the truth and how real Americans will benefit from this new LAW.

    See you in court?!

    March 24, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. mar

    There are over 200 republican ammendments in this bill, how much more bipartisian can you get, it didn't matter what you put in this bill they were not going to vote yes, that really would look to much like they were trying to work with the progressives, and that would not help their agenda to take over.

    March 24, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Debbie from AZ

    So Romney wants to restore commonsense principles to health care, the problem, as I see it, is that the Republican Party gave up on commonsense a long time ago. As far as President Obama failing to attract any Republican support – give me a break – the Republicans have no intention to be bipartisan on anything proposed by our President and they have said so over and over. They have no intention of putting the people of this country before their political ambitions, and that have made it perfectly clear they so deserve the "Party of No" title they have earned.

    March 24, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. lee

    Hipocracy! Romney basically gave his own state a mirror image of the National Health Care bill. This is just playing to the Republican base.

    March 24, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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