Politics & Government

Romney: GOP Congress, White House could overturn health care

DALLAS — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hasn't made up his mind whether he'll run for president in 2012, but he already has a plan for how to overturn the Democratic-led health care program now before Congress, if it becomes law.

The key, he said, is having Republicans reclaim the White House and take majorities in the Senate and the House.

Then, "we can clamp down on this bill ... by not funding it," Romney said during a speech Thursday to hundreds of people gathered at the Hilton Anatole Hotel for the National Center for Policy Analysis' distinguished lecture series.

Romney said he believes that Democrats from President Barack Obama on down will twist arms and do what is needed to land the votes to pass the bill.

But he said he believes that most Americans don't want this measure.

"Right now, you are seeing evidence of clueless behavior in Washington, D.C.," Romney said before signing copies of his book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness. "The American people are not going to stand still for this bill and the government running our healthcare.

"I think the American people have woken up to what the bill contains ... and they will exact a heavy price on the people who vote for it."

Actually, the bill contains provisions similar to the health care overhaul Massachusetts enacted while Romney was governor — with his support.

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