Mitt Romney will be speaking very soon about the Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare. You can watch on CNN, if you trust CNN to even get a livestream right. If you don't like spoilers, you might want to just listen to the audio, because the podium totally ruins the surprise of the speech:
Man, I hate it when the furniture gives all the good talking points away.
8:53: Romney: "As you might imagine, I disagree" with the Supreme Court's decision. He says he'll repeal Obamacare on the first day of his administration. Obamacare "is bad law" because it "raises taxes" and "adds trillions to the deficit."
8:54: Romney says Obamacare "puts government between you and your doctor." He also says it hurts small business and will force people to get rid of the insurance they like. I have a feeling this speech is going to need a serious fact check when it's over.
8:55: But! Romney admits that health care is becoming "prohibitively expensive," which means something must be done. He's not saying what that something is. I hear Massachusetts came up with an elegant solution, Mitt.
8:56: Mitt agrees with his own podium. "We must repeal Obamacare." It would've been awkward if he didn't agree with the podium, I guess.
8:57: And a little fist-shaking at "the liberal agenda" that he claims is "killing jobs" and he's all done. That was fast. It was pretty much a human press release, with no questions taken and Romney grabbing his papers and walking offstage as quickly as possible. Nothing new, still no announcements about what he plans to do as president to alleviate rising health care costs, which he admits are a problem. He's still saying he'll repeal the whole of Obamacare, presumably including the popular bits about allowing kids to stay on their parents' insurance until they're 26 and so on. That message will only take him so far. But this was a way for Romney to restate the status quo. He did that. He didn't trip on his way to or from the podium, he didn't have to answer any pesky questions from reporters, and he delivered his statement in a semi-human voice. I guess that's a net gain for the Romney campaign.