Would President Romney Repeal Obamacare?

September 21st, 2012

Peter Suderman has this post at Reason suggesting that Romney–whom Obama has called the “godfather” of Obamacare–is not quite willing to repeal the law.

Last time the White House accused Mitt Romney of being ObamaCare’s godfather, the GOP presidential nominee responded with murder on his mind. “If I’m the godfather of this thing,” he said, “then it gives me the right to kill it.” Which I suspect most would agree is an unusual interpretation of what it means to be a godfather, but we’ll let that pass for the moment.

Recently, he’s addressed the godfather label in a way that comes across as a little less stabby. “I have experience in health care reform,” he said in Miami this week. “Now and then the president says I’m the grandfather of Obamacare. I don’t think he meant that as a compliment but I’ll take it.” A contradiction? A reversal? Maybe he’s just so proud of his legislative godchild/grandchild that he can’t wait to kill it?

It’s more like another admission that Romney still really likes the health care plan he passed in Massachusetts, despite that plan’s role as the model for the president’s national health policy overhaul. And it’s a sign, perhaps, that Romney would prefer to tweak ObamaCare than take it down.

Update: Paul Ryan was booed at an AARP convention after saying, “The first step to strengthen Medicare is to repeal Obamacare.”