Ron Paul backers rip Romney for “cherry picking” on health care

Two delegates to the Republican National Convention are criticizing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for “cherry-picking” on the federal health care law enacted under President Obama.

On Sunday, Romney said on NBC’s Meet the Press that he didn’t want to repeal the entire law because there are portions that he supports. In particular, he said he didn’t want to get rid of the law that forbids HMOs from dropping people from coverage if they have preexisting conditions and he also wanted to ensure that people can continue to cover children over the age of 21.

Romney’s campaign started walking back some of those comments later in the day. But that hasn’t stopped some Republicans from criticizing him.

The comments drew heavy fire from Marianne Stebbins and Craig Westover. The two delegates, who were backers of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, issued a statement saying Romney’s statement shows Romney is setting up a contest of “my big government is better than your big government” with President Obama.

“Cherry-picking bits and pieces of ObamaCare as Romney does compromises the fundamental principle of individual liberty and endorses the un-republican and extra-constitutional notion that government has the authority and the ability to manage individual health care decisions,” Stebbins wrote.

“Romney’s position confirms what Liberty Republicans have been saying for some time: The most significant debate in American politics today is not between the Democrat and Republican candidates for President; the most significant debate in American politics today is taking place within the Republican Party,” said Westover. “The most significant debate in American Politics is between a genuine belief in individual liberty and limited government and exploiting liberty and limited government as expedient talking points.”

The statement comes two weeks after Stebbins and other Paul supporters criticized the Romney campaign for making a “power grab” at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Westover is a former spokesman for the Republican Party of Minnesota.

After the statement was issued, Minnesota Republican Party Chair Pat Shortridge wrote several comments on Twitter urging Republicans to stand together.

“Rather than berate GOP cands you don’t like, why not spend time promoting GOP cands you do? They need the help. MNGOP site has a list,” Shortridge wrote on Twitter.

  • Kem

    Cherry-picking LOL That man is just telling people what they want to hear. He is not going to do anything with Obama-care LOL

    There are a few GOP candidates I do like, I don’t have a problem promoting GOP candidates I like,

    But that does not include Romney, I would not support him. if my life depended on it.

  • tony

    Media is informed that, there are the Republicans that are for honest integrity, and those who are the GOP. They are not the same. There is a difference and shall be referred to as such.

    American Republicans are returning the Republican Party from the co-opt of the GOP Soviets that took place decades ago.

  • lakawak

    Yeah! How DARE he like some parts of something and not others! Doesn’t he know that everything is black and white! Just like Ron Paul thinks!

  • Pete

    Yeah, the $16 trillion deficit is pretty grey…

  • brotherjump

    All the finacial Doctors agree these United States need emergency care but our government run health insurance says we have to try physical therapy first. The budget cuts necessary for our recovery are not covered services.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Romney is unprincipled? I’m shocked, shocked to learn this!

  • JohnBalzer

    Most Ron Paul supporters don’t like Romney. They certainly don’t like Obama. They have had Gary Johnson coming on strong who is very much like Ron Paul but with teeth. Romney fears Gary Johnson and the GOP has been doing everything they can in an attempt to remove him from the ballot in battleground states. Nevertheless, Ron Paul supporters can take stock in Gary Johnson’s ever rising poll numbers and the knowledge that he now carries the torch of liberty.

  • Patriot1

    Romney is typical of these phony GOP “conservatives,” more half-ass rhetoric and half measures that solve nothing. Notice how he doesn’t mention the Constitution anywhere. The question should be not whether part or all of Obamacare should be repealed, but whether the Constitution authorizes it at all. It does not! This is why us Ron Paul supporters can’t stand Romney, he’s no different than Obama.

  • s

    as much as you guys want us “paulistas” to vote anything but romney, …. sorry… most of us will vote romney this time. not because we like him but because it is just so much worse if obama wins. voting a third party is a wasted vote, so not too many of us are going to oblige to the left-wing media and help obama re-election. Vote Romney/Ryan! Go Ron Paul!

  • Larry

    Don’t agree with you s. I am a Ron Paul supporter who is voting for Gary Johnson and would want an Obama victory over a Romney one. This way, we have only have Obamney for four years instead of eight. I would like to see Rand Paul run in 2016 and a Romney win this year most likely prevents that.

    Gary Johnson 2012!

  • Charlie Peters

    California, Obama / Mitt, November contest would likely give the California winner prize to Obama but how would a 3 way Obama, Mitt & Ron write in vote count end up? RP votes in 2008 were counted.

    The Goldman Sacs / Fed reserve / GMO food-fuel twins might create a fun contest with the Texas Dr. Ron Paul

    Audit the Federal Reserve, Support HR 459 Paul & S 202 Paul

    Is this game about D R or other? maybe it is about saving the republic. Maybe Obama and Mitt are the underdogs.