Monday, September 10, 2012
When it comes to preexisting conditions, Romney wants to have his cake and eat it too
When being vague backfires
Among the most popular parts of President Obama’s health reforms is the protection for people with preexisting conditions. So Romney wants to keep that bit. The problem with keeping that bit, as Romney knows full well, is that if you don’t let insurers turn away people with preexisting conditions, you need some way to keep healthy people from only buying insurance once they get sick. That means you need an individual mandate, or something like it. And if you’re going to have some sort of mandate-like policy, you need subsidies to help people afford the insurance the government is now pushing them to buy. And so, soon enough, you’ve got Obamacare — or, as it was known in Massachusetts, Romneycare. And Romney opposes Romneycare/Obamacare.
Simon Owens is an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org