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Why Mitt Romney Won't Take a Stand

Why Mitt Romney Won't Take a Stand
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Mitt Romney responded to the Supreme Court’s upholding of the health-care law last Thursday with a short, blunt declaration of what he would do about it if elected president. “What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day,” he said. “I will act to repeal Obamacare.” Like many other Republicans, Romney has said he wants to “repeal and replace” the health-care law. But however much he’s pressed, he offers few specifics about what he would replace it with.

This has become a familiar pattern: a ringing affirmation of some major policy difference with President Obama, followed by a lot of vagueness about what precisely he would do instead.