Over at the National Review Online, Mitt Romney has pledged:

If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. The executive order would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health-care solutions that work best for them.

I am as opposed to Obamacare as a solution to our broken healthcare system as anyone, but this is absolutely the wrong approach. Conservatives and constitutionalists should look upon Romney with utter dismay for making this proclamation. ‘Executive orders’ are entirely unconstitutional. That Romney is throwing this out there to score political points with those of us opposed to Obamacare and to further distance himself from his Romneycare baggage, is pathetic. He does go on to clarify in his second paragraph that the states should be free to experiment in any way they choose with their laws, such as the Romneycare plan in Massachusetts, but the declaration of an executive order that entirely subverts the legislative process is wrong in every way and has significantly reduced my respect for Governor Romney.

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