He should.

(The Hill)– Mitt Romney (R) said Tuesday he wouldn’t apologize for the healthcare plan he created as governor of Massachusetts.

Romney waged a defense of his state’s healthcare plan, perhaps his biggest hurdle to clear if he hopes to win the Republican nomination for president, due to its similarities to President Obama’s healthcare reform law.

“I’m not apologizing for it,” Romney said on “Good Morning America.”

The former governor, an early front-runner for the 2012 GOP nomination, said he welcomed a decision on Tuesday by a federal judge striking down Obama’s new healthcare law in its entirety. Romney said the ruling, combined with efforts by Republicans in Congress to repeal the nearly year-old law, should give Obama the impetus to “press the pause button” on his reforms.

“The right thing for the president to do now … he should press the pause button and say, ‘You know what, let’s hold back on this ObamaCare.’ “