In from former MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s campaign:
“One year ago today, President Obama signed into law the Federal government takeover of health care, one of the most flawed and misguided laws in modern history. Obamacare takes our health care system in the wrong direction, failing to reduce costs and improve quality. The law infringes on individuals’ and states’ rights by forcing individuals to purchase a good or service, which is why I joined a lawsuit calling the law unconstitutional. If courts do not do so first, as President, I would support the immediate repeal of Obamacare and replace it with market-based health care reforms.”
Pawlenty is drawing a sharp contrast with former MA Gov. Mitt Romney, who is vowing to grant all 50 states ObamaCare waivers (whether they seek such waivers is another matter; many states with Democratic governors may not). NRO’s Michael Walsh characterizes Romney’s plan as a “surrender.”
[Romney’s] 50-state nullification strategy would be a surrender, not a victory, since it leaves the philosophical premise of Obamacare intact. But it seems to me that what the American people — those living between New Jersey and Nevada, anyway — voted for last November was not finagling around the edges but a head-on assault against the excesses of the Pelosi-Reid Congress and Obamaism.
That’s right, and it will probably end up being one more talking point in the Slick Mitt lexicon. Pawlenty, meanwhile is staking out the ground for that head-on assault on ObamaCare. Pawlenty is where most Americans are on the issue.
According to the latest CNN poll, 59% of Americans oppose ObamaCare, and other polls show that a similar number want it repealed.