Mitt Romney: Repeal Obamacare...And Replace It?

OK, I know a lot of people are upset with the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare today. However, I want you to think clearly, not with a knee jerk reaction. This means evaluating what you are being given by the GOP as a presumptive nominee. Realize that the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August is a time to put forward a platform and nominee who will lead the party in the way it should go, not the way the establishment wants it to go.

With that said, listen to the responce of the presumptive nominee and then follow along with the record he carries:

Mitt Romney claims, "What the Court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day, if elected president of the United States, and that is I will act to repeal Obamacare."

Now the rhetoric sounds good on the surface, but remember what this man and his campaign has said in the past. As Rick Santorum pointed out in an ad, a former Romney adviser admitted "Romneycare was blueprint for Obamacare."

This comment came from Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. In that interview the following took place, according to the transcript.

O’Donnell: One of Gov. Romney's health care reform consultants was MIT economist Jonathan Gruber. He attended five of the 12 meetings at the Obama White House in 2009, including the meeting with the president. Joining me now, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jonathan Gruber. Thanks for joining me tonight, professor.

Gruber: You bet, Lawrence. Good to be here.

O’Donnell: All right. Come on, come clean. You were in the room with President Obama discussing health care reform. And you did, in fact, work with the Romney administration in Massachusetts. Come on, professor, you have to tell us the truth.

Gruber: The truth is that the Affordable Care Act is essentially based on what we accomplished in Massachusetts. It's the same basic structure applied nationally. John McDonough (the executive director of Health Care For All, a Massachusetts consumer health advocacy organization and) one of the other advisers who worked in both Massachusetts and advised the White House, said it's the Massachusetts bill with three more zeros. That's basically a good description of what the federal bill did.

O’Donnell: It is kind of laughable that we've actually reach the point where we have the great investigative reporter Michael Isikoff actually going in there to get these kind of diary facts in the White House to sort of prove what we all know. I want you to listen to what Mitt Romney had to say when he was signing the bill in Massachusetts.

(In video clip) Mitt Romney: I want to thank the many, many people in this room who were critical to crafting and coaxing the bold health care initiative that I'm about to sign. Jonathan Gruber at MIT devoted hours and hours to an essential econometric model.

O’Donnell: That's for the econometric model, professor. He didn't mention you last night in his answer, when he was asked about, you know, who helped him and who helped President Obama?

Gruber: I'm hurt, Lawrence. I think I'll live.

So it's clear that Barack Obama took Mitt Romney's blueprint to form Obamacare. Yes, I understand it was a state mandated health program, but it was funded with federal dollars, hundreds of thousands of them.

Romneycare was such a blueprint for Obamacare the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited Romneycare as a reason for upholding Obamacare.

In the end there is no difference between the two on this issue. Romneycare was carried out at the state level by mandate using federal dollars and Obamacare is using federal dollars to the tune of $385 million to carry out individually mandated citizen purchasing health insurance at the federal level. Furthermore, Romneycare had the same kinds of requirements in it that Roman Catholics has been suing the federal government over and Newt Gingrich pointed it out back in February.

Now going back to Romney's claims today, it is bad law and it is bad policy. With this I agree, but he claims it will increase taxes by only $500 billion on the American people. That isn't even close to the figure. He should try doubling and then adding some to that figure. There is also no debate that Obamacare will be a job killer, as Romney points out.

However, what is the most interesting in what Romney states is that "We must repeal and replace Obamacare." My question for several months is what are we going to replace it with? Does it need replacing or just repealing? I stand for the latter.

The claim is also made that we must make health care insurance affordable and at the same time make it so that people who have pre-existing conditions get health insurance. Ok, just a second here. Romney is saying this at the federal level people. What has to happen for that to take place? I'll tell you what will happen. The federal government will begin forcing health insurance companies to insure people with pre-exisiting conditions even if they don't want to and do you know who will bear that load? That's right, every one of us who are in that system. Somebody had to pay for it and it will come directly through our pockets or through our pockets via the federal government subsidizing insurance. There really is no other way around it.

Romney says that if we are going to repeal Obamacare we have to replace Barack Obama. I want Obama replaced as bad as the next person. However, we can repeal Obamacare, even without replacing him, with a takeover of the Senate and people with spine in the Congress who will repeal it. Others will claim that Obama will veto the measure. Fine. Let him do it. Then when the Congress passes it with a two-thirds majority they don't need him to sign it and if he should fail to enforce the law and act against it, they have the numbers to impeach him.

Just what is Romney going to do in order to repeal Obamacare on his first day in office? Are we going to stand by and applaud an executive order, that bypasses Congress when it's a GOP guy in there? Look I ,like many of you, want that legislation overturned and replaced with nothing. So far, all Mitt Romney has to offer is Romneycare and as we have seen that is what Obamacare is built on.

In my opinion, today's ruling will give ammunition to the GOP for good campaign rhetoric, but will it produce anything of substance when it comes to actually repealing Obamacare? That is the issue. We've heard enough rhetoric. Let's see some action on it that the Constitution affords and leave people alone to make their own choices when it comes to health care, insurance and any other thing that involves their private property. Just get government out of our lives and don't replace it with anything.

I know it's hard to wake up. I know how it feels to be safe in our dreamland, but reality is crashing in. What real solution is being pushed forward here? There really is only one, full repeal and don't replace Obamacare with anything. The American people don't want it. It isn't demanded in the Constitution and people should be left to their own pursuits of healthcare should they desire it.

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  • JC in SC

    Repeal Obamacare and don't replace it with anything. My medical care is fine as it is. Government has a history of screwing things up royally.

  • Saska Mare

    You guys need to think about supporting NEWT at a Brokered GOP Convention:
    Newt Gingrich @newtgingrich tweets:
    "Court has guaranteed this november most important election since 1860. Which American future- state control versus liberty will be decided"

    Newt Gingrich @newtgingrich
    "Obamacare ruling guarantees repeal will be the biggest issue this november. Court declared it legal by interpreting mandate as tax"
    Newt Gingrich @newtgingrich
    "Court decision will focus attention on tax in obamacare and make clear it is largest tax increase in history-big blow to economy"

    "economy will be second to obamacare because choice between govt monopoly and freedom will be so big-obama loses on both issues"
    Newt Gingrich @newtgingrich tweets:
    "Court has guaranteed this november most important election since 1860. Which American future- state control versus liberty will be decided"

    Newt Gingrich @newtgingrich
    "Obamacare ruling guarantees repeal will be the biggest issue this november. Court declared it legal by interpreting mandate as tax"
    Newt Gingrich @newtgingrich
    "Court decision will focus attention on tax in obamacare and make clear it is largest tax increase in history-big blow to economy"

    "economy will be second to obamacare because choice between govt monopoly and freedom will be so big-obama loses on both issues"

  • rowley

    Repeal it ,period. Eliminate all laws restricting free market Healthcare activity.
    NO more convoluted legal restrictions to our freedom to do or not to do anything regarding our own bodies.

  • Chad

    Unless he meant replace it with free market solutions..

    • Tim Brown

      One could hope Chad, but given his past record, don't count on it.

  • haditinsd

    We don't need Obama care replaced, we need it gone, dead and buried. Mitt Romney is not the man to fix any of Obama's mistakes because he operates the same way Obama does. Spend whatever it takes to destroy the opposition then do what you want and to he!! with the people.

  • doug63

    Ray you forgot the rest???? the biker said fill them with water!!!!!!









  • jerry1944

    Yea sure romney got this crap started and now is saying he will repeal it like i beleave him any more than i do obambo But then he has said he would FIX it when ppl in his pac are makeing lot money from it. There is no diffrent in eather party We need a conservative 3rd party to fix the country

    • Gardener3

      We MUST prevent O from getting 4 more years. If Romney is the viable candidate we need to vote for him to stop O. We also MUST fill house and senate with constitutional conservatives. The Pres can't DO anything if Congress doesn't pass it. There were good free market reforms put forth when the healthcare bill was first being discussed but none of them made it into the bill because they would have worked and it was already written not to improve healthcare, but to sound good and build a structure for total control. Tort reform, availability across state lines, health savings accounts, and some kind of provision for preexisting conditions can be addressed using the private sector. By freeing up insurance companies someone will probably come up with a way to insure young adult children too if there is a demand for it.

  • C E Donaldson

    Abolish ObamaCare and allow the STATES to pass their own versions ... I'm sure the STATES won't have subsets of new laws that affect any other State but their own .... even RomneyCare is not as heinous as ObamaCare. And RomneyCare does not affect any health care in North Dakota or Texas or any other State.

  • gekruckeberg

    Romney care did not authorize the federal government to electronically withdraw money from my bank account without my approval or knowledge. Romney care did not impose a 3.8% tax on real estate sales. Romney care did not legislate that cancer hospitals must ration care on the basis of age. Romney care did not guarantee free health insurance to illegal (criminal) immigrants. Shall I go on or do you get the picture?

    • Tim Brown

      You're right it didn't, but it got nearly $400 million from people outside the state without asking and yes, that includes you and me. Say you repeal obamacare and then impose a "state" authorized romneycare. since it requires federal dollars to operate, you are still paying across state lines, like it or not. My personal opinion is the state should have no business in healthcare. They screw up everything they touch.

  • Dustin W. Taunton

    Who else do we have? NO ONE!!! Why? Because American Idol and All the other CRAP on TV is more important than who is ruining our Country. Herman Cain was the best candidate in a long time and he got slammed over BS controversy. They shut him out quick because he would have won. Romney doesnt stand a chance against the Muslim hate machine.

  • Blair

    Replace Obamacare with interstate competition.

  • Cowboy5633

    No matter what...,OBAMA has to go..he has trampled on the American people and our forefathers judgment and wisdom!
    He has lied to the citizens of this great nation...on many different
    levels and made us a target for every feared country in the world! By
    weakening our military...ignoring our constituition and going against
    the will of the very people he was sworn to be loyal too! He wants to
    punish people for becoming successful in the land of opportunity! If our
    system of government had never worked as he has claimed...then Mr Obama
    would never be where he is today! His success...along with that of his
    wife( who was never proud of her country till he was elected) can only
    be attributed to the fact that our system of government instituted by
    our forefathers is the only one in the world that has ever worked and
    gave everyone equal opportunity to become what you want to be through
    hard work and FOLLOWING the rules! So Mr not bite the hand
    that feeds you! America trusted you...voted you in...and believed in
    you! Guess November...we as helpless and ignorant as you
    believe we are...will take you out of office...and send you back to
    Chicago! DO NOT MR OBAMA...underestimate the will of the American

  • Elaine

    Just repeal it! Replacing it too hastily can be further problems.

  • Raymond

    Three men - a Canadian farmer,

    Barack Obama and a Biker

    are all walking together one day.

    They come across a lantern and a Genie pops out of it.

    'I will give each of you one wish, which is three wishes in total', says the Genie.

    The Canadian says: I am a farmer and my son will also farm. I want the land to be forever fertile in Canada.

    POOF! With the blink of the Genie's eye, the land in Canada was forever fertile for farming.

    Obama was amazed, so he said: I want a wall around Kenya, Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq and Iran so that no infidels, Americans or Canadians can come into our precious land.

    POOF! Again, with the blink of the Genie's eye, there was a huge wall around those countries.

    The Biker says: I am very curious. Please tell me more about this wall.

    The Genie explains: Well, it's about 5,000 feet high, 500 feet thick and completely surrounds the country. Nothing can get in or out; it's virtually impenetrable. The Biker sits down on his Harley,

  • Raymond

    Ooh Rah!

    Retired Marine and former Pan Am/Delta Pilot John Lovell is Top Gun at Subway sandwich shop..!

    Plantation, Florida: Last week police were called to investigate an attempted armed robbery: The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, Florida, Subway shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former helicopter pilot for two presidents. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, and he works out every day. Mr.. Lovell was a man of action Wednesday night.

    According to Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway at 1949 N. Pine Rd. just after 11 p.m. There was a lone diner, Mr. Lovell, who was finishing his meal. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Mr. Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money, but then Mr. Lovell pulled his handgun and opened fire. He shot one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head.

    When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop, K-9 Units found the other in the bushes of a nearby business. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop according to Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department..

    Both men were taken to the Broward General Medical Center, where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale is in critical but stable condition.

    Mr. Lovell was a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta Airlines.

    He is not expected to be charged authorities said. ''He was in fear for his life,'' Detective Rettig said, "These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70's have military backgrounds and aren't intimidated by idiots."

    Something tells me this old Marine wasn't 'in fear for his life', even though his life was definitely at risk. The only thing he could be charged with is participating in an unfair fight. One 71- year young Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center body mass shot.

    Outstanding shooting! That'll teach them not to get between a Marine and his meal.

    Florida law allows eligible citizens to carry a concealed weapon. Don't you just love a story with a happy ending?

    I just love a story with a "Happy ending" !!!
    If it weren't for the United States military,
    there'd be NO United States of America .

  • Tod

    He's as bad as barry,Dr.Ron Paul is Our Only chance of taking back our Constitution,and as his first act as President he will Nullify ALL Executive Orders just for starters !!!

    • Edward53

      Yeah, sure he will Tod. You need to get it through your kool aid infested brain that Ron Paul will not be the nominee. Mitt Romney is the nominee.

  • The Texas Cooke

    Repeal it and stay to hell out of it!

  • blindjustice

    You're kidding right. Romney is who gave us Romney care in Massachusetts.

  • Joseph Gary Hunt

    full repeal and don’t replace
    and people should be left to their own pursuits of healthcare should they desire it. Absolutely!!!!!!