Election 2012: Romney Sets Sights on "Obamacare"
Republican nominee criticizes President's health care plan during campaign stop in Orlando
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in Orlando on Tuesday to talk to voters about the economy, health care, and energy. Nearly 400 people packed into Con-Air Industries, Inc., a small manufacturing company, to hear the speech.
Romney was welcomed to the stage by Congressman Daniel Webster from Florida's 8th Congressional District and Congressman Connie Mack from the 14th District. He delivered his remarks from a podium with a sign on it that read "Repeal and Replace Obamacare." "Obamacare" is how Republicans and other critics refer to the health care reform law that was signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.
"It's going to be up to the next President to repeal or replace Obamacare, and I intend to do both if I'm President," Romney said. "I will repeal it on day one, by sending out a waiver to all 50 states to keep them from having to pursue Obamacare."
As a replacement, Romney said he would give states more power and make the health care industry more competitive and affordable. He proposed that individuals would be able to purchase insurance with the same tax advantage as a business.
But health care reform wasn't the only thing Romney criticized. He also criticized President Obama's energy policy as unrealistic because it favored wind and solar energy over oil, gas, and coal.
"He likes the energy that comes from above the ground, not what comes from below the ground," Said Romney. "I like oil, coal, gas, wind, and solar."
Romney also managed to go after the President on the economy. He began his speech with an aggressive attack on Obama's statement last week that the economy is "doing fine." Romney called Obama "out of touch" for suggesting that the private sector job growth was strong.
"The President doesn't understand how his policies have made it so hard for the American people," said Romney. "It's finally time to have a President who is in touch with Americans, and I am, and I'll bring back America's strength."
Many of the people at the event said Romney's policies will help the middle class.
"We like Mitt Romney because he stands for the small business owner and my husband owns his own company, so it's a step in the right direction for us," said Orlando resident Heidi Davis. "We like smaller government and someone who will support a small business owner."
Outside the event, a few protestors greeted Romney with signs voicing why they don't want him in office. One even went so far as to put their criticism in the sky.
An airplane flew over Con-Air with banner that read "Latino Voter Purge = Racism For Romney." The banner was a reference to a planned voter purge in Florida. The state claims that it has identified nearly 100 cases of registered voters who were not American citizens. The United States Justice is challenging this decision in court.
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