Romney on health care law: It's an 'attack'
March 26th, 2012
03:08 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney on health care law: It's an 'attack'

San Diego, Calif. (CNN) - As the Supreme Court met to hear arguments over the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law, GOP candidate Mitt Romney assailed the president's signature initiative as a federal power grab and a drag on economic growth.

"What's happening today in Washington is an attack on free enterprise, an attack on economic freedom unlike anything we have ever seen before," Romney told an audience at NuVasive, a medical device company that designs artificial spine replacements.

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Romney did not mention the issue on the Supreme Court's docket and did not repeat his usual call for the repeal of Obama's health care law, though he stood beneath a banner that called for repeal.

Instead the former Massachusetts governor claimed the president was "burdening" the health care industry with a raft of new federal regulators and bureaucracy. He said a new tax on medical device companies could force NuVasive to eliminate 200 jobs.

"I just don't think the president and his people understand that as they burden enterprise with taxation and with regulation, they hurt all of us," Romney said.

The CEO of the medical device company spoke darkly about the effect on the law on medical innovation.

"We need to do everything we can to push back on these issues, to push back on Obamacare, to repeal it," said Alexis V. Lukianov.

Romney has previously defended the health care plan he passed in Massachusetts – which served as a model for the Obama plan – by saying the law should not have been mandated on a federal level.

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Filed under: 2012 • California • Health care • Mitt Romney
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. rightytighty

    And of course, Alexis V. Lukianov's doesn't expect our grandchildren to pay for his disgraceful debt accumulation.., any other stupid questions??

    March 26, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |

    Too bad Mr. Well Oiled Weathervane didn't get a spine replacement while he was there.

    March 26, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Dave

    The sad fact is that this no backbone is 1 of the highest ranking mormon people in the world & has the power to change the no blacks rule in all the Elders in the Lds, however he refuses to do so. What a racist!!

    March 26, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Truth and yada yada to Sniffit: "Why don't YOU open a competing business and run it and determine what you want to pay people? What gives you the right to tell others hpow to run their business? Oh yeah, the socialist collective principle. Maybe you should try living in Cuba for a while and see how you like it?"

    Why don't you, yada, go live in a country without regulations, say Haiti, where 300,000 people died in an earthquake where there were no building codes? Or Somalia, where there's no pesky government to get in the way of "business" there? Or how about India, where there's no income tax – and no reliable infrastructure?

    March 26, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. harvey 60

    Twit's in the right place today – an artificial spine for a spineless Twit.

    March 26, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. MTGrammy

    Go Romney. The medical care that is eating everyone alive is the cost of medical treatment, medical equipment, and medical services. Today you go in for a small mole removed and you come out with a bill from the doctor, from the medical clinic for operation services, from the clinic for the surgical tools, from the clinic for the numbing shot, and then the big bill from the lab to check for cancer. No wonder so many of the elderly refuse to go to a doctor!! If you have equipment that is FDA approved, then cut the regulations and taxes and get it to the people.

    March 26, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Sandy

    "I just don't think the president and his people understand that as they burden enterprise with taxation and with regulation, they hurt all of us,"

    Romney is always saying that the President "doesn't understand" something. It is Romney that doesn't understand the economy. He doesn't understand how to create jobs, that's why MA was 47 out of 50 states in job creation when he was governor. Obama understands the economy quite well, thank you, as evidenced by the economy improving after the mess Bush made of this country.

    Plus, Obama understood what to do about the auto industry, Romney did not - he was WRONG! Romney is as clueless as the other insane GOP's running for President.

    March 26, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |

    Pardon the pun, but if Willard were the captain of a NFL team and he had to choose heads or tails when the referee "flipped" the coin, he'll be in total disarray. He'll want to receive and kick the ball off. This guy is the personification of "wanting your cake and eating it too."

    March 26, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Squealy

    Yeah, everything is "an attack".

    March 26, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. MTATL67

    Oh, what a surprise a CEO of a medical company doesn't want reform. Not one of the opponents of health care reform has commented on Mary Brown. Because she didn't want to buy heath insurance we all are now paying for her husbands medical bills. They have not commented on families that now have coverage for their kids in college. The law may not be perfect but its not all bad either.

    March 26, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    So many people were duped into believing that the ACA would actually save money. But now when reality hits and it is costing twice ( at least ) as much as advertised, and America is deeper in debt by about $5 trillion and the economy is still stuck in the muck...where's the outrage? This was obviously the wrong program at the wrong time for the wrong reasons. Obama thought it would be a political win but it will turn out to be a political burden because so quickly it has all unraveled. This is not what David Axelrod promised him. And not what Obama promised Americans.

    March 26, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    No, Rmoney, this is what an "attack" looks like: Give the filthy rich even more tax cuts and "pay" for them by killing Medicare as we know it. Your GOBP cult is in constant attack mode and "tax cuts for the rich, benefit cuts for everyone else" is the purest form of class warfare imaginable.

    March 26, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Dave

    I just wish a real Journalist went to Salt Lake & asked if there were any elder brothers all up in this temple. Tax EXEMPT, you gotta be kidding me.

    March 26, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    I don't understand how ANYONE can think that the Republicans have got somethimg GOOD up their sleeve with this attack on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obama Cares. It is uncanny how a President who's every move and step has been under the glare of the haters spotlight and microscope, a man that cannot make A MOVE without somebody scrutinizing it to pieces how is he supposed to have done something that would actually HURT the country with this Reform? This is the platform that he ran on. This is why we voted for him. This is why he was elected Some, myself included, were railing because he didn't take the Reform FAR ENOUGH (Public Option). Now here we are acting like dumbazz, fickle. amnesiac Americans. We're good at that. May your claim get NOT rejected because you've maxed out your coverage; may your new graduate but still unemployed child NOT fall ill while not covered under your insurance because he is no longer a student. Worse, may you not develop one of those conditions that fall under the pre-existing category and watch yourself be turned down by one insurance company after another. Because if the Rethugs are victorious in their nefarious attempt to undo ACA and any of the above should occur you can kiss your fickle butt good-bye.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    March 26, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Curt Abbott

    This from the former governor of Massachusetts whose state's universal health care was the model for President Obama's health care law. Laughable!

    March 26, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. ST

    There he goes again "the god-father of Obamacare!". Folks open your ears widely. You are going to hear what you have never heard before!

    March 26, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    ...Plus, Obama understood what to do about the auto industry, Romney did not – he was WRONG!
    Sandy. You do understand that what Mitt Romney recommended that GM and Chrysler needed is pretty much actually what happened with GM and Chrysler? $60 billion later? A managed bankruptcy. What's the difference? The American taxpayer is still out $25 billion on GM stock. This one is a win in Romney's column. And a loss in the column of the American taxpayer who is paying about $1 billion a year interest on that $25 billion bailout loss.

    March 26, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. al in memphis

    Let's see, a medical device company is going to NOT make he next greatest medical device because everyone will have access to medical care. That makes sense only if you are in graveyard or casket business.

    March 26, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. cali girl

    Four ask all the people who work in the auto industry. The auto parts store, the bolt maker, the radio maker, the seats maker, every gm dealership that are all over the country if the bailout was a bad thing. My guess would be no.

    March 26, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!
    ... Your GOBP cult is in constant attack mode and "tax cuts for the rich, benefit cuts for everyone else" is the purest form of class warfare imaginable.
    Except what Mitt Romney is proposing is a 20% tax cut for every working American. Obama just wants more spending money. Mitt Romney prefers instead to manage our nation's limited resources. He knows how. And Obama has proven only that he can spend America into the dirt with results that don't even come close to what it promised.

    March 26, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. annie s

    The biggest waste and fraud in Medicare comes from DME services (medical devices), so I understand why an owner of a medical device company would be against the PPACA – after all, it works to eliminate fraud.

    March 26, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    "It's an attack on free enterprise."

    Well, who is supposed to defend The People from attacks from free enterprise? Right now, free enterprise can simply drop me if I fall ill. I like the Patient's Bill of Rights. If insurers do not like the nature of thebusiness, then get out.

    March 26, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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