Romney's First Day In The Oval Office

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Dec. 21, 2011

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Mitt Romney greets voters after a campaign speech in Bedford, N.H. on Dec. 20. (Elise Amendola/AP)


BOSTON — Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney is making resolutions not for 2012 but for 2013. In an interview on “The Howie Carr Show,” he discussed his plans for his very first day in the Oval Office.
 
“Day one, I will take the first step by granting a waiver from Obamacare to all the states, and day two or maybe it’s also on day one, I will file legislation to repeal Obamacare and to return to the states the responsibility for caring for their own poor, and in that regard I will also send back Medicaid dollars to the states so they will have the funding to do that,” Romney said.
 
A key difference between "Obamacare" and the health plan Romney spearheaded in Massachusetts is that the latter only intended to cover the 8 percent of the state’s population uninsured, he said, whereas “the intent of Obamacare is to take over health care for 100 percent of the people… it’s a huge power grab.”
 
A new Rasmussen poll has Romney leading the Republican field in Iowa with 25 percent of the vote — his best showing yet in the state. Ron Paul also hit a new high in Iowa with 20 percent, while Newt Gingrich polled at 17 percent — half the support he received in Rasmussen’s mid-November poll. The survey was given to 750 likely Republican caucus participants on Dec. 19.

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