Romney: If healthcare costs me a primary ‘so be it’

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was willing Tuesday to stand behind his Massachusetts healthcare plan even if it cost him votes in the Republican primary.

“I’m absolutely firm that it was the right thing for our state, I’ll defend that," Romney said. "And I understand it has political implications, and if it keeps me from winning a primary, so be it, but that happens to be the truth.”

Romney’s healthcare law in Massachusetts has been controversial in the 2012 presidential primary because many see it as a model for President Obama’s national healthcare reform law, which the Republican candidates all oppose. 

Romney has often said that while he backs his plan in Massachusetts, it is the wrong plan for the country.