September 27th, 2013
02:09 PM ET
9 years ago

Exclusive: Romney disagrees with House GOP ‘tactics’ on Obamacare

(CNN) - Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law that will hurt the country, but disagrees with how conservatives in Washington are trying to get rid of it.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said using the politically charged Affordable Care Act as a wedge in Washington’s fiscal wars is counterproductive.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown • Mitt Romney
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. BigDMojo

    I am not sure if anyone heard the interview on Cnn with Michele Bachman. What a loon!!! She would not let Wolf ask a word . I believe the Tea Party will be the death of the republicans and maybe this country if we don't get these people out of office. Also, note to Michele the only people complaining about the Affordable Health Care act is those who have insurance. I have numerous friends who have to pay over $1500 a month for high risk insurance so a health event doesn't cause them to lose their home. They will be paying half of there are people in the middle class, lower middle class, and livng day to day that will reap the benefits of this new law. What I wish you were doing was either come up with a better solution or better this one. No instead all of you want to shut down the govenment. The 2014 elections can't come soon enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 27, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. kirk

    Ahh, mittens again, another man that people should seriously Google, made his fortunes off the working man's retirement accounts, yet the rwnj embrace him as a true success story, they changed 401 k laws to protect Americans from his practices, yeah great guy.someone we can all look up to, hard working American who loves his money.... I mean family

    September 27, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. kirk

    He's such a great guy that he made sure to pay no taxes on that money either.. that's just an assumption though, I'd hate to sound like sayin, that would be cause for concern

    September 27, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. freedom

    Romney, you're a little late to be giving advice. You had your opportunity – and honestly, blew it. We wouldn't be having to use such tactics had you been president, but alas, you are not.

    September 27, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. A Kickin' Donkey

    Mitt, when you say ObamaCare is a "bad law", I and MILLIONS don't believe you. Unless you are splitting hairs, you did the same thing in Mass. And since no executive gets any initiative perfect the 1st tieme, I'm sure you learned something that could improve the ACA and yet you cling to GOP dogma Obama bad Ted Cruz good. You could help the Republican party if YOU LED an effort to improve the ACA instead of sticking with the ban it, repeal it, defund it crowd.
    The House GOP's RANSOM DEMAND [and that is what it is] simply parrots the agenda that you, Mitt, said you'd implement if elected POTUS. Well, we already said no to that . . . Obama's 336 to Romney's 206. The GOP is throwing a temper tantrum. I just hope Obama doesn't yield one inch The GOPs strategy is to ask for extreme, rightwing wish list items when out of power and then implore Democrats to split the difference, or just give them SOMETHING when the hopeless deadlock occurs. This PREYS on Democrat's congeniality to pull the country's policies ever rightward even when they LOSE elections. WISE UP.

    September 27, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    This is the same guy who was against Obamacare for the Country but for Romneycare in Mass. ?

    September 27, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. jinx9to88

    LMAO, Mittens knows if we default he will loose big in the stock market. Get em Mittens!!!!

    September 27, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    Romney's behind the times.

    We are long past the time to demur about tactics, Governor. Pick a side, Governor.

    September 27, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney's right. Unfortunately, the Tea Party has never liked him much, anyway. He's a loser, a moderate, and a RINO in their eyes. He's not considered a leading mind on the right. His speaking out against shutdown and debt default will only strengthen the Tea Party's resolve and affirm their sense of righteousness.

    September 27, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    We do NOT negotiate with terrorists and hostage takers! The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.

    September 27, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Anthony in California

    Romney, you're a little late to be giving advice. You had your opportunity – and honestly, blew it. We wouldn't be having to use such tactics had you been president, but alas, you are not."

    One word for you... "RomneyCare"

    September 27, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. kirk

    One insurance claims agent once said: peoples first mistake when calling in a claim is their assumption I'm here to help them, my job is to find a way to deny their claim, and this is the industry paying tens of millions trying to kill this would seem they are getting more clientele, with the same billing practices unrestricted, they would have more money, so its safe to assume the restriction on profits is an issue for them..too bad.

    September 27, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    Tell us President Romney why it's so bad but it seems to have been the best thing since sliced bread when YOU implemented it in Ma.

    Nothing but lying hypocrites.

    September 27, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC


    Romney, you're a little late to be giving advice. You had your opportunity – and honestly, blew it. We wouldn't be having to use such tactics had you been president, but alas, you are not.
    You should have had a Pres. Huntsman, but the base has become to "Palinized" to appreciate facts and common sense.

    September 27, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. kirk

    Romney in a landslide!!! And yet the gop keeps pushing these obviously fraudulent polls, in an attempt to con others into thinking their ideology is popular, pathetic.anything but the truth

    September 27, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Tom

    The great flipper strikes again. The ACA is essentially the same law Romney signed into law in Massachusetts. Then he hailed it as great. Now it's terrible. I think CNN should always make interviews with Romney a best out of three proposition. Then if he gibes the same answer twice, it might reflect what he actually believes - at least for a few minutes.

    September 27, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Mitt caved to the far right when he selected Paul "Eddie Munster" Ryan as his running mate.

    September 27, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. freedom


    Romneycare is not Obamacare. It doesn't even come close to the monstrosity that Obamacare is, and Romney would have most certainly picked it apart and kept only the parts that the country could agree on – he is worlds beyond Obama in his bipartisan efforts.

    September 27, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    Can someone refresh my memory but wasn't it just about a year ago, just prior to the election, wasn't Mitt trying to take credit for the ACA?? It was only for a week or so but I remember it.

    September 27, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Wealthy, Republican puppet masters manipulating under educated stooges into hating anything that will actually help them. Gotta love this country!

    September 27, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. don in albuquerque

    And we are supposed to care what he thinks because????????????

    September 27, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |