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Romney Clarifies He Still Supports Denying Insurance to Millions of Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

Tara Culp- Ressler
Think Progress / News Report
Published: Monday 10 September 2012
“Romney’s campaign, however, began walking back his statements as soon as they left his mouth.”
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This weekend on Meet the Press, Romney said “there are a number of things I like” about President Obama’s health care reform law, including the popular provision on pre-exisiting conditions. Romney’s campaign, however, began walking back his statements as soon as they left his mouth.

After the NBC interview aired, a Romney aide was quick to clarify Romney was “not proposing a federal mandate to require insurance plans to offer [the] particular features” that he suggested he supported. When further pressed on Romney’s stated support for preventing discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions, a campaign aide explained, “Governor Romney will ensure that discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage is prohibited.”

The aide pointed to earlier statements from Romney on the subject, explaining that Romney’s current position is exactly what he expressed at a Florida rally this summer:

ROMNEY: So let’s say someone has been continuously insured and they develop a serious condition. And let’s say they lose their jobs or they change jobs or they move and go to a different place, I don’t want them to be denied insurance because they have some pre-existing conditions. So we’re going to have to make sure that the law that we replace Obamacare with, ensures that people who have a pre-existing condition, who have been insured in the past, are able to get insurance in the future so they don’t have to worry about that condition keeping them from getting the kind of health care they deserve.

Under the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the federal government already prevents insurers from denying coverage to the “continuously insured” group that Romney mentions, although HIPAA has failed to effectively regulate the cost and content of the insurance coverage that insurers extend to those with pre-existing conditions. The Romney campaign is insistent on clarifying the fact that, rather than supporting health care reform, Romney’s stance on pre-existing conditions reinforces the status quo.

The key part of the Obamacare provision is the protection for millions of previously uninsured Americans who are denied insurance coverage because of their pre-existing conditions. Romney’s campaign wants to make it clear that Romney rejects this policy in favor of denying coverage to the 89 million Americans who haven’t been lucky enough to have continuous coverage.

ABOUT Tara Culp- Ressler

TARA CULP-RESSLER is an editorial assistant at Before joining ThinkProgress, Tara deepened her interest in progressive politics from a faith-based perspective at several religious nonprofits, including Faith in Public Life, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and Interfaith Voices.


Getting to know more about

Getting to know more about auto insurance, business insurance and health insurance. Consumers will be able to save more by knowing the fact information.

Gees Mittens, my employer

Gees Mittens, my employer just cancelled their insurance program. I can't afford the $2000 a month to get a policy on my own. What am I to do?

GOP: Join our faith-based plan. Pray you don't get sick and if you do, pray that god heals you or kills you quickly.

Yea, My cheap billionaire

Yea, My cheap billionaire boss took away our benefits too! Romney'bot , too many working people do not have insurance and don't make enough to purchase it.

If Romney becomes President,

If Romney becomes President, Will he keep changing his policy every 2 weeks?

So double talk and bullshit

So double talk and bullshit as usual out of the mouths of the "Christian" right? Who would of thunk such a thing could happen? For profit health insurance companies want to cherry pick their customers so they never have to pay while the rest are dependent on nothing but the prospect of dying. So as long as you stay healthy, you have good insurance. Be unfortunate enough to contract any sort of cancer from the crap in the environment or food you trust the USDA to approve and you are out of luck. The teapots should get what they wish for but the rest of us don't need this crap. For profit health insurance companies are morally corrupt and should be illegal. The very idea of making profit off of people's misery is disgusting.

Romney would cover only

Romney would cover only health citizens through insurance.

And if you lose your coverage

And if you lose your coverage because you lose your job, you are SOL.

"So let’s say someone has

"So let’s say someone has been continuously insured and they develop a serious condition. "

All you need to know about this capitalist SLIME!

If you've been born rich, like him, you deserve everything you can get. If you don't hit the numbers in the fetal lottery then you must be carrying some kind of character flaw and have no right to ANYTHING...

God Damn I hate that "world view"...

As for "health care" USAmerica is the LAST HOLDOUT experimenting with the FAILED for-profit corporate Sick Care method of providing unequal and inadequate "health care"! HOW F*CKING STUPID USAMERICANS ARE to let this continue!

(And Romney/Obamacare ain't gonna fix it!)

My favorite line of crap is

My favorite line of crap is ..."America has the best healthcare system in the world" Not the best, I think it rates about 26th in the world, and the small print reads" if you can afford it!" Our health care system is broken, most doctors could care less about their patients all they see is a $$. They are nothing but whores for the pharmaceutical corporations.Doctors today seem to be trained to treat symptoms not the cause of the illness.Whores.

Some Americans are far more

Some Americans are far more F'n stupid than you could ever give them credit for. And didn't you know that you get to pick you parents? Yes, that's right. So all these poor kids chose to be with loser parents. Just like Reagan's disabled, mentally ill, homeless and unemployed chose that life for themselves. All they needed to do was wake up one morning and stop being disabled, mentally ill, homeless, etc by choosing not to be. How stupid is that, yet millions swallowed that hook, line, and sinker and have been begging for more ever since.

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