September 10th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney's tap dance around Obamacare

(CNN) – Mitt Romney gave the appearance of taking a stunning new position Sunday when it seemed he was embracing parts of Obamacare, a law he's vowed – vehemently and repeatedly – to repeal if he wins the election.

"So you'd keep that part of the federal plan," NBC's "Meet the Press" host David Gregory asked the candidate, referring to Obamacare's provisions about pre-existing conditions and coverage for young adults. Romney replied, "I'm not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course, there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I'm going to put in place."

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While it may have sounded like Romney was agreeing with parts of Obamacare, parsing his words it's evident he embraced "health care reform" but not "Obamacare" or the "health care reform law." The Romney campaign insists that he was not embracing any part of the health care reform law known as Obamacare. And a spokesperson told CNN Romney is in favor of health care reform, though not in the same way it is handled under Obamacare.

"He will repeal Obamacare," the spokesperson wrote in an email to CNN.

Obamacare, among other things, forbids health insurance companies from denying people insurance because they have a pre-existing condition.

Romney has said his own health care reforms would assure that some, but not all, people with pre-existing conditions would be guaranteed coverage. In speeches and on his website, he's said that people with pre-existing conditions who've maintained "continuous" health insurance in the past should be assured insurance.

Read this for more information on Romney's health care reform proposals.


Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Orchid333

    This guy!! Can you change your position any more please? My whiplash hasn't quite healed yet.

    September 10, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    My God – he looks old, scared, and tired.

    No way will I ever trust him. No way.

    September 10, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Early on-set dementia. That's the only way to describe what we're watching with that 65 year old man.

    September 10, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    this is not news. republicans have supported this for a long time. who cares if parents want to keep their kids on their healthcare plans and pay for them until they are ready for medicare? they are the fools footing the bill. with obama in the whitehouse, they won't be able to find jobs that have healthcare so this is why obama created this anyways.

    point solutions. not the dismantling of the entire healthcare system.

    September 10, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. beevee

    Mitt Romney is a political chameleon. He has no stance on any issue and flip-flops on the same issue everyday. It would be unthinkable that he would do any thing to help the middle class and the poor to uplift them from thier economic struggles. But he will make all the empty promises to win the election after which he will make his rich friends richer with all kinds of tax benefits to them. He is definitely bad for the country.

    September 10, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Mr. Flip? Meet Mr. Flop.

    September 10, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Expat American

    The beginning of the end....it's enjoyable to watch...it really is...

    September 10, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    "I'm not getting rid of all of health care reform." ... "He will repeal Obamacare," the spokesperson wrote in an email to CNN."

    Is this what Romney surrogate Eric Fehrnstrom meant when he said Romney would be Etch a Sketching his way to the White House? Good luck strategizing Mitt's Etch a Sketch for the next 60 days, Eric.

    Not to belittle Romney's MTP photo op, but Democrats saw this coming a mile away.

    September 10, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Independent Voter for Obama

    I confused now...haha..what Romney and his spokesman said are not the same? who we should listen to? Romney said he likes some part of ObamaCare..not his spokesman said "He will repeal"?...Romney...please fire your spokesman....

    September 10, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. ObamaCares

    A dad-gum flop-flipper. Just can't be trusted to maintain one position on an issue.

    September 10, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. ObamaCares

    It's like Kerry said, Mitt should finish the debate with himself before he tries to debate. Prez. Obama.

    September 10, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts

    this is not news. republicans have supported this for a long time. who cares if parents want to keep their kids on their healthcare plans and pay for them until they are ready for medicare? they are the fools footing the bill. with obama in the whitehouse, they won't be able to find jobs that have healthcare so this is why obama created this anyways.

    point solutions. not the dismantling of the entire healthcare system.
    ***********************************************************************
    What a ridiculous piece of spin you just gave: its not even plausible. Whatever happened to him saying " Repeal and replace"? The GOP has been willing to destroy its own creation, only because they enver signed it into law. What a piece of work you are.

    September 10, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Kr55

    It doesn't matter what Romney thinks. The decision will be made by his party with direction from the insurance companies that pay all of their bills and Romney will go along with it because they are the only reason he was allowed to be the nominee.

    September 10, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. ric

    Sunday September 9th NBC Meet the Press "The election turning Point" bye bye flip flop Mitt..... go join Palin in Alaska!

    September 10, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. ind2012

    A sorry mess. Wear is the 'Severe Conservative' that I saw during the primary's. Sir, you have now thrown us all under the bus at one time or another. . How can you ask me to believe you. I for one want to vote for something not against something.

    September 10, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. lou

    He said he would keep the parts where kids stayed on their parents' insurance and the pre-existing condition part, (the popular stuff of course) but he was never pushed to say how the insurance companies would be expected to cover those costs. That is where the mandate came in for Obama. If you force these policies on insurance companies who pays for those extra costs? Arithmetic, again.

    September 10, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Jilistone

    Finally someone in the Romney campaign mastered time travel. They are trying retroactively re-frame Romney's own admissions. Just like Santourum was able to change "Black people" into "Blah people". I wish Gregory would have asked Romney why RomneyCare was good for Mass but not good for the rest of the US.

    September 10, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Romney has said his own health care reforms would assure that some, but not all, people with pre-existing conditions would be guaranteed coverage.
    -------------------------------------------------
    First of all, he's lying. Flip-flopping, Etch-a-Sketching. Whatever you want to call it.
    Having said that, even if he WERE speaking the truth for once in this campaign who would believe that he would in fact keep his word? ONE. TWO, why would he have stated over and over the REPEAL of Obamacare, as opposed to stating that he would AMEND it, which is what he now says he would do in keeping some parts of it and tweaking them?

    Romney is like the little boy he cried wolf.....one too many times. He's going to get chewed up and spat out by the electorate in November. Unless the Koch brothers, Rove, Norquist, Addelson and those "corporations that are people too" actually MORPH into actual voters we won't have to find out whether he's lying AGAIN or not.
    Obama 2012 because Americans are smarter than Romney thinks.

    September 10, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That should've read: "Little boy who cried wolf.." Pardon.

    September 10, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. LIP

    Here we go with the editorialist searching through his photos and videos attempting to find just the right shot to make Romney look like at idiot and as if he is struggling at dancing and then captioning it with the right words...Didn't they do this to Sarah Palin back a few years ago and don't they always do this to Republicans??

    September 10, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Gurgyl

    Mitt is a total idiot. I think during debate we need to keep Obama too far from this idiot– he might hit him, just like he was about to hit Rick Perry.

    September 10, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    Mittens tapdance? I thought his horse did that?

    September 10, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. myviewis

    -truth hurts
    The GOP has been willing to destroy its own creation, only because they enver signed it into law.
    -------------------------------

    Are you talking about Romneycare in Massachussets?????? Why would the GOP want to destroy Romneycare???? Luckily for Obama he had Romneycare available for the birth of Obamacare, he obviously did not have a plan of his own ( nothing new with Obama).

    September 10, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    I keep telling you: his biography will be called "Tapdancing in Clown Shoes."

    September 10, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. don in albuquerque

    Are Mitt and Clint related?

    September 10, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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