June 26th, 2012
02:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney tips hand on SCOTUS health care response

Salem, Virginia (CNN) - Days before the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of President Obama's signature health care law, his GOP rival Mitt Romney tipped his hand in a Tuesday speech, giving a Virginia audience a glimpse at how he might react to the hotly-anticipated decision.

In his remarks, the presumptive GOP nominee showed he had a contingency response for different possible outcomes from the court. The decision is expected to come down on Thursday.

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"If Obamacare is not deemed constitutional, then the first three and a half years of this president's term will have been wasted on something that has not helped the American people," Romney said, to applause from an audience of roughly 1,500 supporters.

Romney, whose criticism of the president's health care reform initiative has been a rallying cry on the stump, continued: "If it is deemed to stand, then I'll tell you one thing. Then we'll have to have a president – and I'm that one – that's gonna get rid of Obamacare. We're gonna stop it on day one."

The Supreme Court could also strike down certain portions of Obama's health care law, while letting other provisions stand.

Republican audiences at events across the country have been wildly supportive of Romney's promise to dismantle the controversial reform measure. Since the contentious Republican primary the former Massachusetts governor has largely avoided mention of the health care reform plan he signed as governor, which both Democrats and Romney's former Republican rivals have tied to Obama's plan.

On Tuesday the former Massachusetts governor also made his first televised remarks on the Supreme Court's Monday ruling on an Arizona immigration law.

Romney faulted the president for failing to enact immigration reform, and charged him with creating a "muddle" that Arizona tried to address with its own law.

Romney accused the president of neglecting both the economy and immigration reform in favor of pushing through his health care law, and framed the Supreme Court's anticipated health care decision as a referendum on Obama's presidency.

"Instead of focusing on immigration, and of course on the big issue, which was the economy and getting the economy going, he instead focused on putting in place his healthcare reform called Obamacare," Romney said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • Supreme Court
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    obamacare tossed out in the garbage in june, obama tossed out in the garbage in november. massive rejoicing and celebration on both. markets will go crazy and sky rocket at imminent departure of obama.

    June 26, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. USA

    Mitt is like a fan screaming at the oppossing team, no ideas or skills , just load talk, no vision , just down talk, no chance , just poor faith.

    June 26, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, NOT a third term of BUSH's years of FAILURE

    Virginia BELIEVES in Europe?

    France – where he ran to while his fellow country men were fighting in Vietnam.

    Switzerland – where he stashes his ill-gotten wealth to avoid paying taxes in America.

    June 26, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. g

    obamas building america from the ground up–republicans should rebuild there party from the ground up -

    June 26, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. LolDems

    Romney has experience in business and knows how to evaluate and improve businesses to be profitable, hire, build, and pay taxes. Romeny has experience in governing and working with people with different ideas and opinions. Romney has experience legislating with Democrats and compromising on structure and execution but not on principles. What Romney doesn't have is a lot of glitter, unfulfilled promises, rousing rhetoric. That would be Pyrite, fool's gold. That would be Obama. Talk is cheap and it doesn't get much cheaper than BO-talk. Pick who you want but vote for Romney.

    June 26, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. rylandstewart

    @just sayin......hope you're not a student depending on your parents to cover you, or that you don't have a preexisting illness or that your senior parents arent getting free routine annual checkups at no cost to them or that you never get sick and have no insurance coverage if "Obamacare" is defeated. If it is, all of the above benefits will be gone along with many more good features of this law. Hope we rise up and say no to more taxes that will be needed to pay for your care if you are not insured. i, for one, am tired of supporting those who refuse to get health insurance. I don't want to pay for your drug abuse, your newborn babies, your motorcycle accidents, your terminal illnesses. TIRED!

    June 26, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. chris

    We know that Mit is a liar. What we don't know is why. He has millions of dollars.What is this liar trying to steal now?

    June 26, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. LolDems

    The leftylibdems know no limits. BEND forward? You mean BEND OVER and take another BO term? Still ranting about Bush? Since you can't talk about BO's accomplishments or glaring lack thereof, resurrecting Bush and blaming the sky is about all that's left.

    June 26, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Just sayin; obamacare tossed out in june. Obama tossed out in november, markets go crazy and skyrocket only to crash and send the economy into a depression two years later when romney inacts failed Bush policies that got us where we were 3 years ago

    June 26, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Fifteen hundred IS a big crowd for him but any neighborhood has that much in six blocks or so.
    Once again the bishop is being negative. What he doesn't understand is that what the President has tried to do in the past three and a half years, in spite of the teapublikkkans in congress, is more than the Kolob mutanf has accomplished in his whole life thanks to his daddy. The Presideng has other things he has done but the bishop just can't give credit where creditnis dud.
    Breeding while rich, lying, not going to jail for bullying (see bus monitor story), impersonating a state trooper, abusing your dog and who knows what else this cretin has done is nothing to be proud of either.
    It's funny how own romneycare is suddenly bad in his Kolob (oops Utah) world. It was okay for Massachusetts and the reghugs when it was their idea.
    You are truly a waste of oxygen when so many need so much help.

    June 26, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Wake up people

    What do you expect in Virginia?? Redneck capital of the world. Half the audience probably didn't even have teeth and the other probably didn't have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of, yet they are voting for a millionaire that could care less about them. Idiots, they see nothing but color.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 26, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    When are people going to catch on to the fact that the only things that Republicans are for are those things that enrich themselves while depriving you of things you need.

    June 26, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Your Nose is Growing

    Every time Mittler opens his mouth, another lie comes out. Before the people just blindly follow this guy, please wake up and listen to what he is actually saying. Everything he says, you can find another instance where he has said the exact opposite. Unfortunately for Mittler, he actually wrote an opinion piece in USA Today that actually brags about his passing of Romneycare in Massachusetts and how it is a model that president Obama should use–mandates and all. Please do not be fooled by his lies.

    I can't recall a candidate for office who has told more lies than Mittler.

    June 26, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Joi Gibson

    Blah, blah, blah. Call me when he has something substantive to say.


    June 26, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. rs

    Mr. Romney's "business experiene", Ha! Shipping jobs overseas, bankrupting viable companies, ensuring that the shareholders get theirs while workers lost jobs. I am not impressed. If his business sense is so good, why is he disavowing the most successfull state healthcare syetem (his, in MA.)? What is his plan for getting insurance for those 30 million Amricans whose coverage he would kick to the curb (as he promises to do if he wins)?

    Wake up people!! If you can't afford a gold-plate health insurance policy you have no business voting for Mr. Romney. He is just going to "redistribute" whatever wealth you have left after the Bush disaster and sending it to the richest .1%. You'll have nothing when he is done with you. No Social Security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no voters' rights, no workers' rights- just grinding poverty.

    That, friends is GOP's view for a better America.

    June 26, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Ivy

    What a hypocrite and a liar. He is just catering to what conservatives want to hear. He and his people don't have a plan for solving the health care, immigration, economic disparity, gender bias, or any of the current crises They think the private sector is the solution to everything, and we've been that road before, haven't we?

    June 26, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Name Sol

    This guy Romney is a complete idiot who would say anything to send American jobs overseas. Romney! America is not for sale. Take your money and go away. Far away,

    June 26, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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