September 10th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
6 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. Luke Brown

    Flip Flop Flip Flop...

    Are you kidding me, man? Now Mitt isn't going to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Day One of his Presidency? Does this guy stand for anything?

    PS ... Hey, Mitt, the President of the US can't just repeal any law he doesn't like. It has to be repealed by a majority of both Houses of Congress then sent to the President for his signature. If you win, just email me. I have all kinds of cool insider information like that.

    September 10, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Republican who supports President Obama

    This person wants to repeal and replace our President's plan simply b/c he and the GOP did not create and pass the bills themselves. This notion actually disgusts me and poses a very huge concern for me as a voter. Do the lawmakers have the maturity to work in a bi-partisan manner as well as negotiate in good faith. What happens to laws that are already in the book? Do the next majority replace all of them b/c they dod not create nor pass them into law.

    The GOP has shown its true colors. They want their name on the bill – nothing more than seeking attention like a Karddashian.

    September 10, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Tony

    Two months before the election, Romney's supporters still have no clues where he stands on Obamacare. It is not their fault. Romney himself probably doesn't know.

    September 10, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Dave

    In other words, this pathetic flip-flopper liked the plan when it was his idea. Now that Obama has implemented it, he doesn't. This is typical Romney – he is a sub-standard, intellectually bankrupt panderer who just happened to beat out the rest of the dolts in the GOP primary. Sorry, Mitt, you're going to lose again.

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

    Too funny! Mitt just threw his campaign and the whole Bagger Party under they bus, and they are scrambling (again) to say "Duh, thats not really what he ment and you know it." This guy can be interpeted more ways then the King James Version.

    September 10, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Milton K. Wiah

    The moment Rush opposes Mitt's opinion, he changes it right away. This is the kind of man who want to elect just
    because most do not like the black man in the white house.

    September 10, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Debby

    Its only 2 things he likes geesh. The rest of Obamacare is the expensive part.

    September 10, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Yeah Right

    "he's said that people with pre-existing conditions who've maintained "continuous" health insurance in the past should be assured insurance" So let me get this right..... because some insurance company has denied a person coverage in the past.... under Romney's plan, they won't be able to be covered............ duh, isn't that the point.... but then again, you have to think like a CEO.... these type of people are liabilities and we all know what Romney does with liabilities.... dump em

    September 10, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Romney has said his own health care reforms would assure that some, but not all, people with pre-existing conditions would be guaranteed coverage."

    Actually, what he has now said, and what CNN and the rest of the MSM are trying to avoid saying because it's so ridiculous, is that he would only prohibit using pre-existing conditions as an excuse for not providing coverage if the person was already covered somewhere/somehow. It's circular logic. It would fix NOTHING if the only people guaranteed not to have a pre-existing used against them were people who managed to get coverage in the first place. Sick people, particularly newborns and children, would be right back at square one finding themselves denied any sort fo health insurance because of having a pre-existing condition. We'd be back to a situation in which people born with a condition are "uninsurable" from the get-go...and of course we would...after they're out of the womb, they're so much harder to use as a means of controlling women.

    September 10, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. sayer

    Give him two more weeks and he may even vote for Obama.

    September 10, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. P. Nielsen

    So Romney "Tap Dance", but Barack Hussein "Babooma the Organ grinder's Monkey" Obama dance each and every time the Organ Grinder "George Soros" crank up the Organ.
    Give me a break.

    September 10, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. PJ

    I'm confused.
    I thought if you have a "pre-existing" condition, and you don't have insurance but now need it for this
    condition, insurance companies can deny coverage, or charge higher premiums.
    Romney says "people with pre-existing conditions who've maintained continuous health insurance in the past
    should be assured insurance".
    So, if you have insurance and problem arises, you are covered by virture of already having insurance so
    what does Romney mean?
    PLEASE somebody explain this to me. Thanks.

    September 10, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Af

    I am sure, so confident that Romney will vote for Obama on November 6th. He will flip flop on his own vote

    September 10, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Eric S

    When this guy says that voters should know him and vote for him on his principles, he is - how you say - leading with his chin? He has none, and will say anything he need to say to get elected. I think this is the first flip-flop-flip I can remember in any campaign. It's almost impressive.

    September 10, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Mitt has his dancing shoes on , and Ryan ran his first marathon in what time ?

    September 10, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. TP Mike

    I knew he'd betray us... just thought he would wait until the election. Now who the heck to I vote for? I sure wish Santorum was the nominee.

    September 10, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. D. Tree

    [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 between the lines, folks – Romney's words mean he won't cover people ANY with preexisting conditions, because if they've had "continuous coverage," they by definition do not have a preexisting condition!

    September 10, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Lisa P


    Give him two more weeks and he may even vote for Obama.
    September 10, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm
    That would make sense - as far as I can tell Romney's policies (at least the ones he wants to talk about) are mostly about continuing whatever Obama is doing. Look at his convention speech: all he did was try to tell a different story about the starting point than the Dems do. According to Romney everything was peachy until Obama was sworn in, then it all went to heck (cause not specified; Obama is just generally blamed) and now, magically things are improving, just not fast enough. So to improve things more, he's going to do another stimulus package only he's going to call it "tax cuts", it's going to mainly go to upper-income people (not clear which yet) and no one has any idea how much it will cost, but that's o.k. because Romney refuses to say how it will be paid for. Magic, I suppose, just like the health insurance goodies he now says he wants to pass out to the kiddies and the chronically ill. And then he tried to lift some rhetoric from Obama's One America speech. One does have to wonder who Romney will be voting for, come November. Obama has been very good for the Dow Jones.

    September 10, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Charles Nelson

    Is Romney "tap dancing" around health care"? Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, so what? Barack Obama was "refining my position" on the Iraq war through much of his '08 campaign, and had the whole anti-war wing of the Democratic party breathing fire down his neck as a result.

    September 10, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    @ myviewis

    bless your loyal heart!

    September 10, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. Russ

    When I look at the above photo of Romney all I can see is him stomping his feet and yelling "vote for me, vote for me, I need this job because I haven't had any authority over anything except my wife in years."

    September 10, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. Yonni

    In the latest flip, flipping and turning and twisting incident Mitten declared that Obamacare is bad Romenycare is good. After all it is the name it makes sounds bad here is repealed Obama care for the teabaggers satisfaction.

    September 10, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Mike in Texas

    Romney does not support removing all pre existing conditions. He supports those who have had continuous coverage cannot be denied for a pre existing condition but if you have not had coverage you can be denied for having a pre existing condition. When he was on Leno earlier this year he kept saying that even when Leno said I know guys who could never get insurance before because of a pre existing condition can now get it but under you they couldn't? Instead of saying no he kept parroting his talking point.

    September 10, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. Mike in Texas

    LOL sayer. He may even work on Obama's campaign to defeat himself.

    September 10, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. California Gary

    First Romney created the model for Obamacare. Then he said he would repeal it on day one. He also said it is the greatest danger to any economic recovery. Then he said he would repeal, and replace it. Now he says he would keep all the popular parts of it, but would eliminate the unpopular part that pays for it (the mandate). This man has some serious "issues" with his belief system. If the Koch brothers don't specifically tell him what he believes on a given issue, he wanders all over the place looking for something to say that will get him a vote or two. His elevator doesn't go all the way to the top........I don't know how he gets his cars out of the garage.

    September 10, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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