Romney trashes 'Obamacare' on two-year anniversary of law
March 23rd, 2012
12:50 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney trashes 'Obamacare' on two-year anniversary of law

Metairie, Louisiana (CNN) - Mitt Romney used the second anniversary of the signing of President Obama's health care reform plan to forge ahead with his strategy of pointedly attacking the White House instead of his Republican rivals.

At his first of two campaign events in Louisiana before Saturday's primary here, Romney methodically picked apart "Obamacare," blaming the president for stifling economic growth with a law that he said most people want to repeal.

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"You'll note the White House is not celebrating Obamacare today," Romney told a small audience inside a New Orleans area mall, where teenagers were filing past to catch a morning screening of "The Hunger Games."

"They don't have any big ceremony going on," he said. "The president is not giving speeches on Obamacare and that's for a reason. Most Americans want to get rid of it, and we're among those Americans, I want to get rid of it too."

Americans are divided on the health care law, according to a Pew Research Center survey released last week that showed 47% of Americans approve of the legislation while 45% disapprove. But also, a majority (53%) say the bill should be expanded or left as is, with 38% saying it should be repealed.

Romney, surrounded by large glossy signs bearing the message "Repeal and Replace Obamacare," said he is "the only person in this race who's actually laid out what I would replace it with."

Romney said he will sign an executive order on the first day of his administration giving states the ability to opt out of the Obama health care law.

He said he would then promote a lower-cost health care marketplace by reducing taxes on the cost of insurance plans, enabling consumers to purchase care across the state lines and capping damages in malpractice lawsuits.

Under his plan, he said, Medicaid payments would be block-granted to states and local governments would be allowed to experiment with their coverage plans for low-income and uninsured Americans.

"I believe in individuals being able to make their own choices," he said. "And so as I look at this administration I see Obamacare as one more example of a president pursuing his attack on economic and personal liberty."

Health care has been a sensitive matter for Romney throughout his 2012 bid because he signed a plan similar to Obama's when he was governor of Massachusetts and called his state plan a "model for the nation."

Both the Romney plan in Massachusetts and the Obama plan mandate that consumers purchase health insurance, though Romney now claims that such a mandate is unworkable on the federal level.

He made no mention of the Massachusetts law in his remarks.

That did not stop the Obama campaign from sharply criticizing Romney's speech on Friday.

"Now that he is running for President, Mitt Romney apparently no longer believes in these things, and instead advocates letting insurance companies go back to the days of dropping Americans' coverage when they get sick, discriminating against those with preexisting conditions, and making women pay more for their health care," said Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the campaign.

Romney is not competing as aggressively in Louisiana as he did in neighboring Mississippi just over a week ago and is making only three appearances in the state, one in Metairie along with an event and a fundraiser in Shreveport.

He drew eye-rolls during his campaigns in Mississippi and Alabama by repeatedly expressing love for grits and saying "y'all" in front of audiences, something he avoided on Friday.

Speaking about the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law, Romney pointed out that it "affects everybody on, y'all, you all, on a direct basis" – a verbal slip that drew laughs.

"You all," he clarified. "I'm not trying to pretend I am from Louisiana."

Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Wake up people

    What do you expect from a party that was willing to let our country go bankrupt, just to make the current POTUS look bad? The debt ceiling has been raised many, many times by almost every POTUS, but never once in all my years did I even hear about it last year. The rethugs hammered it home ab and acted like it was the worst thing in the world. They even let our credit rating drop. They have done nothing but plot against our POTUS since the day after the 2008 elections. That should be ashamed of themselves and none of them should ever claim to be patriotic.

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 23, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Taran

    Here is some more straight from the "law:"
    – Pg 91, Lines 4-7 Government mandates linguistic appropriate services... translation for illegal aliens.
    – Pg 95, Lines 8-18 The government will use groups (ACORN, Americorps) to sign up individually for government healthcare plan
    – Pg 102, LInes 12-18 Medicaid eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid, NO CHOICE
    – Pg 124, Lines 24-25 No company can sue the government for 'price fixing', and NO 'Judicial review' against monopoly
    – Pg 126, Lines 22-25 Employers must pay for healthcare for part time employees and their families
    – Pg 127, Lines 1-16 Doctors & AMA, The government will tell you how much money you can make
    – Pg 145, Lines 15-17 All employers must auto enroll employees into the government plan, YOU HAVE NO CHOICE
    – Pg 149, Lines 16-24 Any Employer with a payroll of $400,000 and above who does not provide government option will pay an 8% tax on all payroll
    – Pg 150, Lines 9-13 Any Employer with a payroll between $251,000 & $400,000 who does not provide the Government option will pay a 2%-6% tax on all payroll
    – Pg 167 Any Individual who doe not have acceptable healthcare according to the government will be taxed 2.5%
    – Pg 170, Lines 1-3 Any non-resident alien is exempt from individual taxes (you & I pay for them)
    – Pg 195 Officers and employees of the Healthcare administration (government) will have access to all Americans Financial and personal records..

    March 23, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. WiredweirdinSF

    Even the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president we have ever had knows this was a real stinker of a law. He won't bring it up. He knows if he does it will kill his chances for reelection. Not that it matters, he has a plan to declare martial law and stay in power like his buddy Castro and Chavez.

    March 23, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    even a lame and bling man will see that things are turning around in America today, not bcos of Mitt, remember VULTURE MEN playing capitalism and free entreprise esp when it's cool in their pockets, Obama is busy saving lives, making tough decisions, moving a country destroyed under BUSH and the GOP in the right and most acceptable direction, you may dissagree with OBAMA, but just look at where we came from, it hasnt been easy for him too, he inherited an office in the worst times anybody can become a US Presdent, the GOP knew this quite right and well, their anticipation is that he fails, they thought the economic tormoil will shatter him, but guess what, he triumphed. Please give Credit to whom it's due, Mitt is a toast, flip flopper in Chief, like the whether, he changes like the season

    March 23, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Thomas

    It's a sad commentary in American politics when Mitt Romney's corporate elite cast system utilizes the hate for Obama to promote a stagnate closed minded social policy.

    Romney the new American Double standard..

    March 23, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. v_mag

    I know you differ with President Obama, R-money. But answer me this: How are you the least bit different from George W. Bush? Until you distinguish yourself from him, why would any sane person vote for you?

    March 23, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    I don't want it repealed. I dunno, maybe I'm not 'most Americans'. I'm just wondering how Romney is going to back-peddle on all these right-wing comments when he gets into the general election and has to move back toward the middle.

    March 23, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. bill

    What a crock. Romney says most people want the health care law repealed, and IMMEDIATELY after that paragraph is the POLL RESULT proving he's a liar.

    March 23, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. bill

    @ Taran; Looks like a good law to me and the majority of Americans.

    March 23, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    What some people will do for votes......

    March 23, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. dnick47

    As I said before, so I will say again.. some of these wannabe Republicanss (they don't have near the moen even to make it as a plebe Republican) will regret opposing Obama care. Some of them will contract cancer thinking the private sector policy will cover them; but when the million, two million or even three million runs out – and its very probable it will – they will find that the greedy Mitt-supporter of an insurance doesn't know them, has never heard of them and will even threaten them if the make too much stink. Sometime its a family policy with one life time amount so if hubby uses it all up dying,mom and the kids are SOL. Happens every day at every hospital across this land.

    March 23, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. jack johnson

    Romney says this LAW will kill the economy. It will (1) kill the abilitty for Romneys insurance budies to set their rate (2) Won't let his big Pharma budies to charge what they want (3) His big health care budies will have to accecpt what medicare pays (reasonable charges). (4) Free up money paid for Medicare to give more tax breaks for his rich budies.

    March 23, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Wake up people

    He will say soon enough that he is different from Bush, but who in their right mind would believe him? He has some of the same staffers, and has been endorsed by at least 2 Bushes. Vote for Robmey is a vote four Bush's 3rd term. This man is a proven liar who changes like the weather and you can't believe a word he says. But don't worry he'll change it in a few days.

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 23, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. hate and lies from the right

    Again anything that benefits middle america gets trashed by republicans because they know corporations line the pockets of gop greedy old party not middle america. Healthcare industry and pharmacutical industry is gop's best friend

    March 23, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. CBR

    I would laugh at Mr. Romney's remarks if the whole health care issue was not so very serious. Obamacare has given the impetus to many state and local governments to find new health coverage carriers who can insure people at a lower cost.

    Healthcare coverage is an extremely important issue. Congress had ample time to make changes to the bill and to reword it to be in line with their ideas. The Republicans chose not to be involved. When they finally joined the discussion their ideas were not used. They sat on their hands and now they are complaining.

    No matter what party you belong to, make sure your representative wants to IMPROVE healthcare coverage. If not, please find a candidate who will. We can no longer afford to pay our medical bills and our insurance costs without these changes to healthcare in the U.S.A. We can no longer subsidize the care of the uninsured by hospitals, etc. We need to find a way to keep everyone insured and healthy.

    March 23, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. diridi

    It is a good law. So this law is passed. Now it is the law. GOP idiots do not understand. Wait for two years, they understand. Insurance companies are bribing GOP idiots to talk all kind of nonsense. Obama2012.

    March 23, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    bobden - 38% is NOT most Americans. Most Americans believe that the health care bill does not go far enough. That is because of the bad parts that had to be added to get the repubs to go along with it.
    The mandate was demanded by the repubs.
    Unbelieveable... Looney leftists can't even take responsibility for their own financial and legislative disaster that NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR!

    Republicans were barred from closed door meetings. Democrats included NOTHING except what they wanted. Of course now that this Democrat Disaster is blowing up in their faces, they are looking to rewrite history and blame others. Yes, the same old song and dance from the Democrats. Wreck everything then blame others. The American people have seen and heard enough of your deceitfulness. Come 2012, you're getting tossed OUT just like you did in 2010.

    March 23, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Lizzie

    When the President pushed this healthcare law, he lied by omission, he told everyone how he's mother did not have insurance, however she did have insurance and they paid every bill no questions ask, what she did not have was disability insurance, never applied for it never paid for it, and that's what she wanted free of charge.

    March 23, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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