Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney said on Friday that Obamacare is bad for the country, but he’s not sure how to go about getting rid of it.
“We’d like to see Obamacare go away,” Romney told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Now the question is: What’s the best tactic?”
While Republicans agree on stopping Obamacare, he said, he respects that some want to pursue different tactics.
“Obamacare is going to be hurtful to a lot of families,” Romney said. “It’s going to raise their premiums. In many cases, they’re going to lose the insurance that they wanted to have and get a new plan that they don’t particularly like.”
Tapper asked Romney how Obamacare differed from the plan he instituted while governor of Massachusetts, one many saw as a model for Obamacare.
“We don’t have in my state people losing jobs – 40-hour-week jobs, going down to 29.5-hour-week jobs – as a result of the bill that we passed,” said Romney, adding that the state didn’t raise taxes on medical device manufacturers and families didn’t see the type of premium increases they have with Obamacare.
Romney praised Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on his “quasi-filibuster” and gave him credit for speaking over 21 hours against the health care law.
“I think there’s a better way of getting rid of Obamacare – in my own view – and that is, one, delaying it by at least a year,” Romney said. “The other would be potentially working hard to get Republicans elected to the House and Senate and they’d be able to do in a traditional way.”
Romney said he wasn’t going to get to “animated” over the tactics of one Republican over another.
“Time will tell who has been the most effective in trying to get this very unfortunate piece of legislation stopped in its tracks,” he said.
Romney also spoke about the debt ceiling and the lack of effort in recruiting the Hispanic vote in the 2012 election.
Watch Romney’s interview here via CNN: