At first I thought it was the Etch-a-Sketch in action.
You remember the Etch-a-Sketch comment, in which a Romney adviser said Romney could simply redo his positions after the primaries were over, right?
Well, Romney said on Meet the Press Sunday that he was cool with some aspects of Obamacare, WHICH HE HAD PREVIOUSLY VOWED TO SCRAP, including the guarantee of coverage for pre-existing conditions
Forcing insurers to cover pre-existing conditions sounds wonderful until you think about it, which is true of many Obama proposals. The problem with it is that consumers, being rational actors, will wait until they are seriously sick to purchase coverage.
And then drop it if they get better!
That’s where the Obamacare individual mandate comes in. You have to make everyone buy insurance to increase insurers’ bottom line so that people don’t “cheat” the system.
So Romney woud have to support the individual mandate too, or hire an accountant with a creative imagination to run the numbers.
The Romney campaign later told several news outlets, including National Review, that Romney meant to say he would only guarantee coverage for people who already have insurance but are switching companies when, for example, they change jobs.
In reference to pre-existing conditions, a Romney aide responds, “Governor Romney will ensure that discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage is prohibited.”
Wouldn’t rule out, with the scramble for independents on, that Romney did this intentionally to give people the wrong idea. Hope not.