Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has promised to begin the repeal of ObamaCare with executive orders on his very first day in office, held a press conference to react to the Supreme Court‚??s ObamaCare decision on Thursday morning.¬† ‚??What the Court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day as President of the United States,‚?Ě Romney vowed.
Romney pointed out that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of ObamaCare, but they didn‚??t bless the quality of the law.¬† ‚??It was bad law yesterday, it‚??s bad law today.¬† It was bad policy yesterday, it‚??s bad policy today,‚?Ě he declared.
Since the Court magically transformed ObamaCare from an ‚??individual mandate‚?Ě into a tax, Romney estimated the value of that tax at over $500 billion dollars, plus a $500 billion cut to Medicare‚?¶ and even that isn‚??t enough to pay for it, since it will ‚??add trillions to our deficits and to our national debt, and pushes those obligations on to coming generations.‚?Ě
Romney did say that a few of the basic concepts in ObamaCare‚??s design should be kept.¬† First was the false Obama promise that people would be able to keep their existing health care plans if they liked them.¬† As it turns out, this was the second-biggest lie in ObamaCare, after ‚??it‚??s not a tax.‚?Ě
Another failed ObamaCare goal that Romney vowed to complete was lowering the cost of health care.¬† ObamaCare is already blowing this into the stratosphere, and the great exodus of doctors from the medical profession has only just begun.
Romney also endorsed the idea of ensuring that ‚??people who have pre-existing conditions know that they will be able to be insured, and they will not lose their insurance.‚?Ě¬† That goal, however laudable, is properly a matter for welfare spending, not ‚??insurance.‚?Ě Hopefully this will be addressed in Romney‚??s detailed reform proposals.
In conclusion, Romney portrayed the November election as a choice between endless government expansion, reduced choice, economic collapse, and skyrocketing deficits, or ‚??whether instead you want to return to a time when the American people will have their own choice in health care.‚?Ě
‚??I‚??m asking the American people to join me,‚?Ě Romney invited.¬† ‚??If you don‚??t want the course President Obama has put us on‚?¶ if you want instead the course that the Founders envisioned‚?¶ then join me in this effort.‚?Ě
(Video below courtesy of PBS NewsHour.)
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