Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is calling on President Barack Obama to "press the pause button" on the federal health care overhaul in the wake of a judge's decision declaring it unconstitutional.
Romney told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that "we don't need the government imposing a one-size-fits-all system" on the states.
Romney acknowledged that his own health care law in Massachusetts contained the same kind of individual insurance mandate that a judge in Florida found unconstitutional in the federal law, but says he isn't apologizing for it.
"I'm not apologizing for it," he said. "I'm indicating that we went in one direction and there are other possible directions. I'd like to see states pursue their own ideas, see which ideas work best."
Republican strategist and Fox News contributor Karl Rove recently called on Romney to admit he was wrong for helping to advance the health care plan.
Last fall, Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry addressed the issue in a similar manner. Comparing the measure to that signed into law by the president last year he said, "But the fact is: they are so similar that it is going to be a major anchor unless he stands up and repudiates that approach."
Romney, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, sought to make a distinction between the options that a state might choose under the 10th Amendment compared with Washington deciding the policy for all states in a single legislative act.