Mitt Romney on Repealing Obamacare

CNN profiles Mitt Romney’s interview today on Meet the Press. Here is Romney speaking about the repeal of Obamacare, the ACA:

…while the Republican nominee has repeatedly vowed to work towards a repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care reform, Romney said in the interview he favors some measures found in the law.

“Well, 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,” he said.

Romney listed the provision that ensures those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage as one aspect he would include in his own health care plan, which he said would “replace Obamacare.” The former Massachusetts governor has taken heat for opposing the federal health care law despite the fact it was largely modeled after the 2006 law he signed in the Bay State.

The idea that we can repeal the individual mandate and leave the pre-existing conditional clause is pure fantasy. They depend on one another. Without the mandate, individuals will simply wait until they are sick to purchase health insurance. That hurts everyone else who is paying premiums, further disincentivising individuals to buy health care.

What is truly sad is that Romney should be able to own the individual mandate. Its is, after all, the key to his own health plan, Romneycare. He should be able to demonstrate how this is, as I have shown, a conservative health plan.

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