Mitt Romney would face tough road trying to repeal ‘Obamacare’ if elected president

Published: Tuesday, July 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

In this June 28, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court ruling on health care in Washington.

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Our take: If elected president, Mitt Romney would face an uphill battle working to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law without the help of Republican gains in Congress, Sandhya Somashekhar reports at The Washington Post.

"Mitt Romney has vowed that on his first day as president, he would act to repeal President Obama's health-care law, thus fulfilling a long-standing promise.

"But the reality for a President Romney would be more complicated.

"From the White House, he could instruct the Department of Health and Human Services to drag its feet, pushing back deadlines and turning to an army of lawyers and consultants to figure out how to exploit the law's weaknesses. But that kind of administrative muscle flexing could bring its own political problems.

"'The simple answer is, there's nothing Romney can do on the first day to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but he could do a great deal to gum up the works,' said Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University."

Read more about repealing the health care law on The Washington Post.

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