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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field

On Law's Anniversary, Romney Bashes Obamacare in Op-Ed

March 23, 2012

Friday is the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and Mitt Romney marked the occasion with an op-ed in USA Today calling for the end to Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment, no matter the outcome of the Supreme Court case, and describing it as an “unfolding disaster for the American economy.”

"Whatever the Supreme Court decides about the constitutionality of ObamaCare," he writes of the forthcoming hearings on the law, "we already know that it is bad policy and wrong for America."

The former Massachusetts governor does not mention the individual mandate, a key component of the bill and one that he seemed to argue in favor of just a few years ago.

 

It was in 2009 that Romney penned a now-infamous op-ed in the same paper suggesting that President Obama would do well to follow Massachusetts’ model in creating a national health plan, even going so far as to mention that his state used “tax penalties” to encourage the uninsured to buy insurance.

Romney offers suggestions as to what should replace the Obama plan, saying that the federal government should provide "resources," but that individual states should be left to decide how best to utilitze the money. He also says that there should be a federal requirement for those with pre-existing conditions not to be dropped from their coverage.

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