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Mitt Romney Blasts National Health Care Law During Speech In San Diego

Aired 3/27/12 on KPBS News.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted the national health care law championed by President Barack Obama and its impact on the medical device community in a San Diego campaign appearance today.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted the national health care law championed by President Barack Obama and its impact on the medical device community in a San Diego campaign appearance today.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally NuVasive, Inc. on March 26, 2012 in San Diego, California.
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Above: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally NuVasive, Inc. on March 26, 2012 in San Diego, California.

The speech at NuVasive, a maker of devices intended to improve spinal care, coincided with the start of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of what is officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and what has been dubbed by opponents as "Obamacare."

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who has a home in La Jolla, has said that if elected president, he would issue an executive order on his first day in office that paves the way for the federal government to issue waivers on the law's provisions to all 50 states, then will work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible.

"An extra trillion dollars in spending, we were told it would be an extra trillion, now we're told by the (Congressional Budget Office) it's more like $2 trillion," Romney told the audience. "And then they said it would cut the cost of health insurance -- in fact, it has increase the cost of health insurance."

Firms like Nuvasive are important because they selll products around the world and keep the U.S. competitive economically, but their progress is threatened by the culture in the nation's capital, Romney said.

"What's happening today in Washington is an attack on free enterprise, an attack on economic freedom unlike anything we've ever seen before," Romney said, "partially as a result of the perspective of the president, partially as a result of the perspective of the many bureaucrats, the thousands upon thousands of bureaucrats that work in Washington."

Romney also told the crowd that Obama needs to be replaced.

"We have in Washington, growing up, a class of individuals, including our president, who don't understand how the American economic system works," Romney said. "And how it is we will be able to out compete with virtually every other nation in the world."

He also asked for support, organization and "some money" from the receptive crowd at NuVasive.

"And so I come to you a little before the California Primary," he joked. "Not until June, but I need you guys to get ready to organize your effort to get your friends to vote, to collect some money, to get campaign contributions. We've got a ways to go."

After his morning appearance, Romney went to a fundraiser at the U.S. Grant Hotel, where he was greeted by about 20 protesters representing diverse causes and organizations, including Women Occupy San Diego and "Teachers for Obama." Supporters of a federal bill to give undocumented Latino students a pathway to citizenship were on hand, along with a couple of people who held "Obama 2012" campaign placards.

One man held a sign that read: "Which Mitt?" in reference to opponents' claims that he has flip-flopped on a number of issues, including health care.

"Whatever the justices decide in what is certain to be a landmark decision, the case against 'Obamacare' extends far beyond questions about its constitutionality," Romney wrote in USA Today on Friday. "President Obama's program is an unfolding disaster for the American economy, a budget-busting entitlement and a dramatic new federal intrusion into our lives."

Romney has said he supports allowing states to regulate local insurance markets and care for the poor, uninsured and chronically ill; promoting free markets and fair competition and empowering consumer choice, including ending tax discrimination against the individual purchase of insurance; allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines; and promoting alternatives to fee for service.

Obama marked Friday's second anniversary of signing the bill into law by saying that "two years after we passed health care reform, more young adults have insurance, more seniors are saving money on their prescription drugs and more Americans can rest easy knowing that they won't be dropped from their insurance plan if they get sick."

"The law has made a difference for millions of Americans and over time, it will help give even more working and middle-class families the security they deserve," the president said.

Romney was also scheduled to attend fundraisers today in Redwood City and tomorrow in Stockton, Irvine and Los Angeles, and appear on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | March 26, 2012 at 12:49 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

**Willard Romney is the Godfather of Obamacare.**

That is basic, imple **fact**.

Willard can coyly slink around the country giving little talks in his expensive suits and dapper Lily Munster white streaks in his otherwise chestnut hair, but his flip-flopping is not fooling anyone.

Willard enacted similar health care in Massachusetts.

Willard is on record supporting this health care reform even after Obama enacted it.

And now Willard is suddenly against it.

I guess Willard's etch-a-sketch reinventions should not surprise us.

After all, Willard used to, like the rest of the sane world, recognize anthropogenic climate change as a serious issue in our time, but now he has joined the loony radicals over the Flat Earth Society in claiming the majority of he world's climate scientists are "making it all up".

Maybe while Willard is in town he can get that old creepy weatherman who thinks anthropogenic climate change is a "hoax" to endorse him. You know, John Colman - the aged gentleman with a screw loose who dances around the weather set of *KUSI: News for the Small Minded* as he shrieks out loud, obnoxious noises that sound like a constipated hyena dying of thirst in the desert. He seems about Willard's speed.

By the way Willard, dear, if you or your staff are reading this, let me explain a little something about etch-a-sketches: when ou erase something, it disappears. Unfortunaley Willard's past positions on all, including health care reform, are on tape and in writing.

Willard *wishes* he was an etch-a-sketch so all of us annoying little people wouldn't have access to his prior positions that simply pander to whatever he thinks anyone wants to hear on that particular day.

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 26, 2012 at 12:57 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Having Willard posing in front of a sign that reads repeal Obamacare is as ridiculous as having George Bush standing in front of a large peace sign that reads "No more wars in the Middle East".

How on earth were the people in that room able to look at him in front of that sign without laughing hysterically??

Willard, dear, you can try and run away from it and talk about about it all you want, but it's your baby.

**Willard, you are the Godfather of Obamacare".

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | March 26, 2012 at 4:09 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Spot on Duck! I suppose one could say "people change" but that would be a laughable stretch.

Unfortunately I don't see anyone else besides Ron Paul who has a decent chance of defeating Obama.

As most Americans are far too timid, spineless, and lacking in grey matter to support Ron Paul, the flip-flopping Romney is the best we've got (pbbbht....that just left a bad taste in my mouth to even say). But what are we going to do? Obama must go.

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 26, 2012 at 7:14 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Cadefender, I don't think Ron Paul could beat Obama, but he is the most consistent of the Republican candidates. I don't understand why more Republican primary voters don't support him?

He did a good job in the debates, and it seems every other candidate saw some sort of surge, except Paul.

I don't get it.

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Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | March 29, 2012 at 9:25 a.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Does anyone believe Mitt's alternative will be any better.

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