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. Randy, San Francisco

    Tap dancing...no...more like Flip Flopping. Besides the extreme social conservatives in the GOP/Tea Party won't let him moderate and move towards the center.

    September 10, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. I say anything to get elected

    this is the same guy that signed a gun control law on automatic weapons in mass, pays less than he minimum 15% tax rate, hides money outside the US and supports abortion.

    What did he gain from givving up his high ranking positions at Bain to go run the winter Olympics? why was he the only qualified guy, that had no experience doing such a job?

    September 10, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Pete

    O boy,there Romney goes again and you republicans ,the party of delushional idiots think you picked a steadfast ,responsible candidate,that's why he's the multiple choice candidate,give it time it'll change again.He's for,he's against,make up your freakin mind nitwit,once an idiot always an idiot,this really makes voters who voted him Massachusetts governor and almost senator really bad,they fell for his crap like these mindless twits have done so far.He's against Obamacare saying he'll repeal it,well does anyone really know what it takes to repeal a bill that big,its almost impossible especially when you have any of the opposing party up against you,senate,congress majority,no way with these republicans in congress expect less of them after November,they're thru!!Now Romney knows he can't repeal so he's changing his stance,too late now idiot,you already opened your mouth now just stick your foot in it,you're done Mormon,say good bye,you're thru also!!

    September 10, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. ColoradoJoe

    well if there is enough he likes, why not work to make ACA better instead of starting from scratch. The process to start from scratch is loong. You really think the GOP house will allow Romney to do anything regarding health care other than repeals it? The GOP house has already publically stated they will take their sweet old time to come up with a replacement IF THEY COME UP WITH ANYTHING. Boehner already stated this as much.

    September 10, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. somebody

    People should go to congress dot gov and search for "Affordable Health Care Act" and "Repeal and Replace" in 2009. The replace part of Repeal and Replace refers to H.R.3400. If you compare the section on pre-existing conditions to the ACA, you'll find the GOP version allows insurance companies to deny coverage. Comparing the pricing for the exchanges in the two plans is also revealing. In the ACA, it's a negotiated price. In the GOP plan, the seller sets the price (sticker price if it was for cars). The GOP is not looking out for the best interests of the middle class (or consumers of health insurance).

    People don't like Obamacare until they find out what's in it.

    Mitt was against Obamacare as a bumper sticker slogan for votes but is now trying to walk that position back. Flip flop again.

    Mitt, when are you going to demonstrate even a small amount of conviction on any issue? Oh wait, you won't show us your tax returns.

    September 10, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    He looks like he's losing it.

    Early on_set De-Mentia? It's possible. 65 you know.

    September 10, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. ST

    I can reckon the panic attack has stepped in Romney's team and into himself. Just wait a little bit when conservatives will start pulling out one by one and cut off their contributions.

    September 10, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. PJ

    @Sniffitt:
    Thanks for the explanation. Didn't see it before I wrote my question. Now I think, what you are
    saying is that Romney has no plan but the one in existence now.

    September 10, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. skarphace

    Romney would repeal Obamacare and go back to 'discussing' universal healthcare. He, however, is not concerned about the very poor, so if we go back to letting insurance companies decide whether or not to deny coverage to someone based on income or preexisting conditions, then it's all a part of the plan.

    The focus of the Romney platform is profits to big business, after all, and insurance companies are certainly big business. They would profit by returning to the old way of deciding who they want to cover (young, healthy people) and who they don't (those with preexisting conditions).

    September 10, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Cathy

    Romney has become a flip flopper? He has given up on a total repeal? At least he hasn't given up on America as Obama has done. There is no longer à reason to be proud of America or be a proud American. It is just time to try someone new and that includes the idiots in Congress, as well!

    September 10, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. aaron

    Apparently, Romney thinks he can vehemently oppose anything, then take a position that maybe it's not that bad, let's keep it. Admittedly, a huge % of Americans believe everything that Repubs and Fox News tell them, but the non-partisans generally don't believe the nonsense that politicians spew forth.

    September 10, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Glenn Rice

    He was for it before he was against it and now he's for it again. Wait till next week, he'll be against it once more.

    September 10, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Sayer,sounds good to me,the whole gop might vote for Obama ,looks like four more years unless they rig the election ,the whole world will be watching and romney will end up in jail .

    September 10, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Chipster

    @Luke Brown
    "Are you kidding me, man? ,,,Does this guy stand for anything? "

    The answer to that would be: "NO, he doesn't stand for anything." He wants to be President – that means he wants the position, not the job. He wants to tick it off of his list of accomplishments – not to actually accomplish anything.

    September 10, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Fip flopper in chief! Quickly, America tell Romney what you want and you'll see a flip flop everytime. Santorum was correct that Robme is Etch-a-sketch candidate of a life time, the worst Republican to represent the Republican Party!

    September 10, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. Chipster

    Paul Ryan supports legislation that will give "personhood" to a fertilized egg, whether it has attached in a uterus or not. A fertilized egg, sitting in a Petri dish would be a person. Think of the inheritance issues, citizenship, disposal=murder? The Bill would allow a doctor or hospital to allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion needed to save her life. The Bill provides for the fertilized egg (that will die anyhow) to be saved but not the female human being carrying the egg? Think about that! The egg is considered "life,: the woman? No so much...

    A woman would have no right to life? What kind of person votes for something like that?

    It's no surprise that Ryan would oppose a woman's right to equal pay.

    September 10, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. Canuck Observer

    The passing of Obamacare was one for the history books,.. the Republicans don't want Obama to get the credit,..so they'll replace a perfectly sound piece of legislation out of spite and malice,.. ..just so they can boast ,.."We did it."

    September 10, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    The GOP has said from the first that there are some good things in the Obamacare boondoggle but the over result will break the USA and result in worse care.

    September 10, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. Liz the First

    Guess he's decided he doesn't want to be president after all. after turning off all the Dems, now he's looking to hack off as many rethugs as he can. keep at it, Mittens, and we'll see our president, who has been cleaning up your party's mess for 4 years, re-elected in a landslide. :-)))

    September 10, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. Ann

    Why can't the politicans just understand that a lot of hard working Americans need healthcare too,we pay for public education,the va, all sorts of stuff and the healthcare system is a mess.Their for it,their against it, THEY should have worked together for the betterment of all.

    September 10, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. T'sah From Virginia

    ►sayer
    Give him two more weeks and he may even vote for Obama.◄
    Hey, if they're going to LEGALIZE marijuana, I can take that DRAMA!!
    Oh, but wait a minute, Paul Lyan said he was FOR IT earlier today
    Then the campaign FLIPPED that around and said – Hell NO – NO WAY!!!

    WAKE UP AMERICA – Romney is an Etch-A-Sketch Liar and Sarah Palin shined more of a light than Paul Lyan – and her light was DULL!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    September 10, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Romney isn't sure which deductions he would cut. When he said that he would repeal it all, then he comes back later and say there are parts that he likes... You really wonder what he is thinking.

    September 10, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  23. n

    For the whole world to see, Romney, the would be village idiot, isn't wearing any clothes. Who could, let alone, would vote for this guy?

    September 10, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. Marty, FL

    Flip-flop Romney sadly makes empty suggestions without any specifics or arithmetic on how he would pay for it.

    Does Romney somehow think the American people have any confidence in Congress' ability to re-legislate healthcare again? Really?

    September 10, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. johnjo101

    Shake that etchAskrtch baby

    September 10, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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