Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Editorial: Mitt Romney knows better
Popular health reforms are not free.
From the RoundTable blog
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On Sunday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney revealed on "Meet the Press" that he does not hate every single part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
When asked about some of Obamacare's provisions, he said, "There are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I'm going to put in place. One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. Two is to assure that marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their family up to whatever age they might like."
His staff hedged and clarified that protections for those with pre-existing conditions would apply only to those who already have insurance. The fact remains that even the GOP standard-bearer supports some ideas in federal health care reform. That's hardly surprising given that the two he mentioned are especially popular with the American people. Opposing them would be political suicide.
Differences remain, though. Romney promises sweets, no strings attached. President Obama promises the sweets, but America must eat its vegetables in return. It must create a system in which coverage for pre-existing and extended family insurance can thrive.
Absent a single-payer system, that means the health insurance mandate recently upheld by the Supreme Court. Without that broad customer base, private insurance companies could not afford to provide the rest.
Romney, of all people, understands that trade-off. When he was governor of Massachusetts, he signed it into that state's health care reform. Now, he promises only the popular provisions without regard for how to pay for them.