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Romney: Sorry, No Preexisting Conditions Guarantee Unless You’re Already Insured

Posted by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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In a Sunday interview, Mitt Romney spoke out for a popular provision in the Affordable Care Act that guarantees coverage for people with preexisting conditions. But his campaign later clarified that he supports a scaled back version of the policy with much weaker protections.

“I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place,” the Republican nominee said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “One is to make sure that those with preexisting conditions can get coverage.”

His campaign later told TPM he wasn’t signaling a shift in policy and was instead referring to his existing stance in favor of protections on preexisting conditions only for those with continuous insurance coverage — not for first-time or returning buyers.

“He has a comprehensive reform plan; for instance, his own plan will deal with preexisting conditions but not in the same way that Obamacare does,” a campaign aide said.

Details of Romney’s plan are scant. For months he has sought to paint himself as supportive of helping people with preexisting conditions. But he’s caught in a predicament: enacting a robust guarantee would require maintaining other major market-driven provisions in the Affordable Care Act in order to be financially viable —which is unacceptable to the Republican base. But supporting a weaker policy would invariably leave many sick Americans out in the cold.

The Republican nominee’s remarks Sunday served to position him favorably on the issue, but his campaign’s clarification to reporters later affirmed that he still supports the scaled-back policy he unveiled earlier this summer.

“So let’s say someone has been continuously insured and they develop a serious condition,” Romney explained on the campaign trail in June. “And let’s say they lose their job or they change jobs, they move and they go to a new place. I don’t want them to be denied insurance because they’ve got some preexisting condition.”

Current law has some protections for sick people in between jobs, but few for those who buy insurance on the individual market. The ACA provision takes effect in 2014.

Although Romney also signaled sympathy for a part of the law that permits young people to remain on a parent’s policy until 26, he was singing a different tune months ago. In July, he told the Toledo Blade that he doesn’t believe that coverage guarantee be required of insurance companies.

“That’s already in the marketplace,” he said. “United Health Care and others are offering that product, so it’s voluntary. It does not require federal legislation. It’s already in the market.”

In response to Romney’s remarks, Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said voters should not trust the Republican candidate to save or replace any provision in the law.

“Mitt Romney has only one health care plan: to repeal Obamacare,” Smith told TPM. “And if he had his way, insurance companies would once again be allowed to discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions, charge women higher premiums than they charge men for the same coverage, and kick kids off their parents’ plans when they graduate from college or high school. His promises today should be seen for what they are: a cynical attempt to mislead the American people on the devastating impact his policies would actually have.


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itsmesteph11
by Silver Member on Sep. 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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 HE'S not going to do much of anything.  Congress decides what goes into bills.  If the country decided they don't like something we have seen the pressure they can put on congress. we have also seen the Senate blow off Obamas Budgets for the last 2 yrs.  I'm seriously not worried about what Romney wants healthcare reform to be. One think I don't expect you will see him doing is cramming through ANYTHING in the dead of night with no input from congress like Obama tends to do.

MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Sep. 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Me, I'm very worried.  I have a pre-existing condition.  A Romney President could literally cost me 25,000.

7SportsMom7
by Bronze Member on Sep. 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Oh yeah, the roundtable to discuss the Cornhusker kickback for Ben Nelson and the money for Louisiana's Senator Mary Landrieu.  Oh yeaa bunch of those roundtable bribes to pass Obamacare ... in the middle of the night.  Majority of US still disagrees with it.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

Obama had a roundtable discussion prior to passing the healthcare bill.

Further, Obamacare originated from The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Me, I'm very worried.  I have a pre-existing condition.  A Romney President could literally cost me 25,000.


Friday
by Platinum Member on Sep. 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM
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When I worked for an ins company you could already have pre-ex conditions waived with proof of ongoing coverage so this isn't new.


Church of The Invisible Pink Unicorn (blessed be her holy hooves)

_Kissy_
by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Yes. I have several certificates of coverage.

Wonder if he's trying to break his own record of flip flops in a 24 hr. period


Quoting Friday:

When I worked for an ins company you could already have pre-ex conditions waived with proof of ongoing coverage so this isn't new.

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buttersworth
by Bronze Member on Sep. 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM

These politicians should take their health care plans and shove 'em where the sun don't shine.

Since when is our health care their business? Their only business is to make sure that business in America is conducted without infringing on anyone's rights, that it is ethical as the law permits.

We should go back to the old days when people had major medical coverage. Regulate all facets of the medical industry so that costs of equipment, pharmaceuticals, bloodwork, radiological work, surgeries, prosthetics, treatments, etc etc are FAIR when passed onto consumers from the hospitals and doctor's offices.

Once you get those costs down, you let doctors, hospitals, and specialists operate on a competitive, capitalist system where the best treatment and the most honest billing departments determine who gets the most business.

The crappy doctors who price gouge go away. And so should many malpractice suits, then, that are blamed for high insurance premiums.

Kinda win-win.

 

MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Sep. 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM


Quoting 7SportsMom7:

Oh yeah, the roundtable to discuss the Cornhusker kickback for Ben Nelson and the money for Louisiana's Senator Mary Landrieu.  Oh yeaa bunch of those roundtable bribes to pass Obamacare ... in the middle of the night.  Majority of US still disagrees with it.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

Obama had a roundtable discussion prior to passing the healthcare bill.

Further, Obamacare originated from The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Me, I'm very worried.  I have a pre-existing condition.  A Romney President could literally cost me 25,000.

 

I was referring to the public recorded discussion held by Obama in early 2010 - I am not aware of "roundtable bribes to pass Obamacare."

The majority of US disagrees with it depending on how you phrase the question.  The majority of Americans agree with banning insurance from barring coverage for pre existing conditions. 

Americans like governmental benefits.  They just can't get real about paying for them.

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