The Obama campaign’s attack on Gov. Mitt Romney for being a liar actually misses the area where Romney was misleading.
The Obama campaign is charging, incorrectly, that Romney was lying during last week’s debate when he said his tax cut would not amount to $5 trillion. Actually, Romney aims to offset all of the cuts by eliminating many deductions. There’s no way the total tax cut will amount to anywhere near $5 trillion.
But Romney was deeply misleading about his health plan.
In the debate, Romney claimed with a straight face that “preexisting conditions are covered under my plan.”
Well, not in the sense that anyone understands it. And Romney, who passed his own version of Obamacare in Massachusetts, knew exactly what he was doing by making this comment.
Romney’s plan only covers preexisting conditions for those who already have insurance but who are changing plans – for example if they get a new job. It doesn’t force insurers to cover those who are sick and who are newly signing up for insurance.
It can’t. Because then every rational person would wait to get sick before they got any kind of comprehensive, low deductible insurance plan. The only way to make insurers cover those with preexisting conditions is to force everyone to buy insurance, so they can make up the cost of caring for the previously uninsured who’ve got a bad disease.
Which gives you Obamacare.
Romney didn’t lie, but he shaded the truth and stretched the bounds of political BS. And it stinks.