Would Romney ban “discrimination” against those with pre-existing conditions? #obamacare

Mitt Romney On Obamacare: ‘I’m Not Getting Rid Of All Of Health Care Reform’ (VIDEO) – The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/09/09/mitt-romney-obamacare-_n_1868385.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

“Well, I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform,” the former Massachusetts governor said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ”

….”In his “Meet the Press” interview, Romney again pledged repeal of the law. ”….

“I say we’re going to replace Obamacare,” Romney said. “And I’m replacing it with my own plan. And even in Massachusetts when I was governor, our plan there deals with pre-existing conditions and with young people.”

While that may be true, the Romney campaign has said in the past his federal plan wouldn’t include such a provision.

Earlier this election, his campaign laid out a policy that ensures that a person who is covered by an employer and switches jobs could not be discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition during that job switch. The Obama campaign argued that that’s already law. But the bigger question left unanswered was: what happens to those people just entering the labor market with a pre-existing condition? Would Romney pass laws prohibiting discrimination by insurance companies against them?

In a statement to The Huffington Post in June,Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed that — contra what Romney said Sunday — he would not pass such a law, but rather push reforms to help alleviate the problem at the state level:

…”Fixing our health care system means making sure that every American, regardless of their health care needs, can find quality, affordable coverage. That is why Governor Romney supports reforms to protect those with pre-existing conditions from being denied access to a health plan while they have continuous coverage. And for those purchasing insurance for the first time, he supports reforms that empower states to make high risk pools more accessible by using cost reducing methods like risk adjustment and reinsurance. Beginning on his first day in office, Governor Romney is committed to working with Congress to enact polices like these that protect Americans’ access to the care they need.”

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