No, Mitt Romney’s Plan Does Not Cover Pre-Existing Conditions

Paul Krugman says that unless Mitt Romney was shaking the Etch-a-Sketch right before our eyes, he’s lying about his plan for pre-existing conditions. The campaign confirmed after the debate that the plan does not do what Romney claimed it does:

MR. ROMNEY: Let — well, actually — actually it’s — it’s — it’s a lengthy description, but number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.

No, they aren’t. Romney’s advisers have conceded as much in the past; last night they did it again.

I guess you could say that Romney’s claim wasn’t exactly a lie, since some people with preexisting conditions would retain coverage. But as I said, it’s the moral equivalent of a lie; if you think he promised something real, you’re the butt of a sick joke.

And we’re talking about a lot of people left out in the cold — 89 million, to be precise.

And here is the actual Romney campaign’s fact check on their own policy:

Pressed by TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, Fehrnstrom said those who currently lack coverage because they have pre-existing conditions would need their states to implement their own laws — like Romney’s own Massachusetts health care law — that ban insurance company from discriminating against sick people.

“We’d like to see states do what Massachusetts did,” Fehrnstrom said. “In Massachusetts we have a ban on pre-existing conditions.”

Comments

  1. John says:

    This is the best you can come up with? And by the way, I support a ban on pre-existing conditions, just as Mitt Romney showed he did with Massachusetts.

    Your guy got hosed Jon, he looked weak an ineffective. And you’re really going to need help with the foreign policy debate as “I killed Bin Laden” is getting trumped by “I referred to Chris Stevens’ murder by terrorists as a ‘bump in the road’ and went to Vegas.”

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Romney’s plan doesn’t cover preexisting conditions. His own adviser admitted it doesn’t. He kicks the decision to states. Wanna bet me that Tom Corbett and the Republican majority would pass a ban on preexisting conditions?

  2. John says:

    Depends on the solution in the entirety (because as you know, single issue debates on health care are just mental masturbation, you have to look at the whole), but I’d bet you anyway just for the fun of it.

    Interesting how Obama is trying to ignore his own law now regarding taxpayer credits.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      That’s just a bunch of word salad. The PA GOP would not ban price discrimination against preexisting conditions. There’s no reason there shouldn’t be a national ban.

  3. John says:

    On the issue I agree, the devil though is in the details – how it’s paid for. Obamacare being the revenue generation model it is, with scant attention paid to cost controls, how it’s paid for is a big deal.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      If Republicans had been willing to engage on this issue, they could’ve shaped the revenue side. Since they chose to oppose the whole concept of universal coverage and just throw bombs from the sidelines during the debate, we ended up with more high end taxes to pay for it that conservatives prefer. It’s too bad. I think a lot of Democrats would’ve been willing to join Republicans to pay for universal coverage by ending the tax exemption for employer health care. That’s like $250 billion a year, and the coverage expansion only costs about $100 billion.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      If Republicans had been willing to engage on this issue, they could’ve shaped the revenue side. Since they chose to oppose the whole concept of universal coverage and just throw bombs from the sidelines during the debate, we ended up with more high end taxes to pay for it than conservatives prefer. It’s too bad. I think a lot of Democrats would’ve been willing to join Republicans to pay for universal coverage by ending the tax exemption for employer health care. That’s like $250 billion a year, and the coverage expansion only costs about $100 billion.

  4. kelly says:

    what are the specifics of any of romneys plans ? thats what i never hear. john dont count your eggs before they hatch. walter mondale cleaned ronald reagans clock in the first debate and we all know how that turned out. the polls barely moved today and they all still show the president winning.

    • John says:

      I’m not by any stretch Kelly, and I don’t like Romney much at all. But Obama is horrific, he’s been a terrible President. Even more than the last few elections, this one is the lesser of two evils.

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