• We’re never going to get answers, are we?

    I’ve been on planes today. This morning, Gov. Romney seemed to make the case that he was in favor of preventing people from being turned down for pre-existing conditions. While he was specifically referencing people who maintained continuous coverage, it was interesting to see him stake out a position. I won’t go into the fact that without the other two legs of the stool, this falls apart, because others have done it.

    But then when I got to my hotel*, I saw this:

    In reference to how Romney would deal with those with preexisting conditions and young adults who want to remain on their parents’ plans, a Romney aide responded that there had been no change in Romney’s position and that “in a competitive environment, the marketplace will make available plans that include coverage for what there is demand for. He was not proposing a federal mandate to require insurance plans to offer those particular features.”

    Really? What this aide is describing is the current market for health insurance. It’s not that we don’t have a competitive environment. It’s that covering people with pre-existing conditions is a money-loser for insurance companies unless they charge people exorbitant rates that no one can afford.

    Gov. Romney knows this. It’s why he wound up with Romneycare. It would be great if the media could pin him down on some of these things.

    *It’s actually a bed and breakfast. It’s really trying my antisocial tendencies.

    UPDATE: Now they’re walking back the walk-back. Hey media people, this would be a great time to get some clarification.


    • You know, not getting answers is one thing.

      What you’re not going to get, is questions being asked. And that is the failure of both the media and the public.

    • The Supreme Court will declare all healthcare to be unconstitutional.
      There you have it.

    • I love that you called this pre-exiting conditions (not pre-existing). Because that’s what will happen to people without healthcare.

    • I have been wondering why Democrats don’t talk about the full implications of the Romney-Ryan voucher program. Namely: If Obamacare is repealed, as Republicans vow to do, the vouchers will be not just inadequate but worthless. Insurance companies would free to turn anyone down for pre-existing conditions such as old age. But now Romney has said he won’t repeal all of Obamacare. He says he’ll keep the requirement that insurance companies can’t reject people for pre-existing conditions. Really? Without millions of new customers which the Obamacare mandate will bring, let’s see if the insurance industry lets him — even if he really wants do.