Mitt Romney has vowed that on his first day as president, he would act to repeal President Obamas health care law, thus fulfilling a long-standing promise.
But the reality for a President Romney would be more complicated.
The simple answer is, theres nothing Romney can do on the first day to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but he could do a great deal to gum up the works, said Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.
Unless Republicans gain huge numbers in Congress, Romney likely would not have the votes to simply repeal the entire law.
From the White House, he could instruct the Department of Health and Human Services to drag its feet, pushing back deadlines and turning to an army of lawyers and consultants to figure out how to exploit the laws weaknesses.
Others point out that Romney would be held responsible for the health care system that might be reshaped by his actions.
He belongs to a very conservative party that hates this bill, many members of which have sworn that theyd rather eat ground glass than let this law go forward, said Henry Aaron, a senior fellow of economic studies at the Brookings Institution.
But there is the conflicting problem of, If you break it, you own it. (He will own) anything that goes wrong with the health care system down the road.
Romney has also said that on Day 1 in office, he will issue waivers to all 50 states exempting them from the laws requirements.
But he also would face problems waiving all states from the measure. While the law permits states to apply for exemptions, they must prove they have alternate programs in place to provide comparable benefits.
But those waivers wont be available until 2017, experts say.