By Mitt Romney
If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the
way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. The executive order would direct
the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal
officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate
and design health-care solutions that work best for them.
As I have stated time and again, a one-size-fits-all national plan that
raises taxes is simply not the answer. Under our federalist system, the
states are "laboratories of democracy." They should be free to experiment.
By the way, what works in one state may not be the answer for another. Of
course, the ultimate goal is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with
free-market reforms that promote competition and lower health-care costs.
But since an outright repeal would take time, an executive order is the
first step in returning power to the states.