Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mitt Romney Would Repeal ObamaCare On The First Day Of His Presidency

Mitt Romney has written a short and simple op-ed over at National Review about what he would do if he were elected President of the United States:
"If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. The executive order would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health-care solutions that work best for them.
As I have stated time and again, a one-size-fits-all national plan that raises taxes is simply not the answer. Under our federalist system, the states are “laboratories of democracy.” They should be free to experiment. By the way, what works in one state may not be the answer for another. Of course, the ultimate goal is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with free-market reforms that promote competition and lower health-care costs. But since an outright repeal would take time, an executive order is the first step in returning power to the states."
Mitt Romney has been very consistent in his opposition to a national health care plan.  He opposed to the idea of a nationalizing our health care system as early as 1993 or 1994 as President Clinton was pushing to pass HillaryCare. He was opposed to opposed HillaryCare 2.0 in 2007
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, all of the major GOP nominees were against a federal healthcare plan
"Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Huckabee, and Thompson are all opposed to health care reform measures that incorporate universal coverage.  Tax breaks, high deductible plans, consumerism – all are fine, but no GOP presidential candidates support universal coverage."
Notice that Mitt Romney was included in that list of 2008 Presidential candidates who opposed universal coverage of health care.
He was still opposed to a universal health care plan while it was being considered by Congress. That bill became known as ObamaCare. Sometime around May of 2009, He offered 6 points of advice in an op-ed to President Obama about how to fix our nation's health care problem.  Two months later in July, he continued his attack on ObamaCare by writing an Op-Ed for the USA Today asking why the President was rushing to pass the bill.  Once the bill was passed and signed by the President,  Romney called for it’s repeal.
He has still been calling for the repeal of ObamaCare as indicated in a recent speech to the New Hampshire Republicans
Given that Mitt Romney has been, on record since 1993, opposing a universal health care plan that would result in the federal take over of our nation's health care plan, Americans can be confident that Mitt Romney will follow through with his promise to issue waivers to all 50 states so that each state is free to implement their own market based health care plans.

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