Unapologetic Romney Defends His Health Plan Says he knows it would be politically smart to denounce it By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 12, 2011 2:48 PM CDT 9 comments Comments Mitt Romney addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Mitt Romney gave his big speech on health care reform today, saying pretty much what everyone expected him to say: Repeal Obamacare and let the states figure it out. Conservative critics maintain that his own version of Romneycare dooms his candidacy—see today's Wall Street Journal editorial—but Romney strongly defended it as necessary to meet the particular needs of Massachusetts, reports Politico. His plan's individual mandate, much derided by conservatives, keeps people from getting free care in ER rooms, he said. “I recognize that a lot pundits around the nation are saying that I should just stand up and say this whole thing was a mistake, that this was a boneheaded idea, and I should just admit it: It was a mistake, and walk away," said Romney. "I presume that a lot of folks think that if I did that it would be good for me politically. There’s only one problem with that: it wouldn’t be honest."