Hey, here’s a shocker: Mitt Romney changed his position on the Affordable Care Act. Again. Or maybe not.
In case you haven’t heard, the Republican presidential nominee appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. When pushed by host David Gregory, Romney said there were parts of the law he wanted to keep – in particular allowing young adults to remain on their parent’s policies, and ensuring people with pre-existing conditions could get coverage.
Hmm. Sounds like he’s swaying just a bit now that the conventions are over.
Romney has a conundrum. Taking credit for the Massachusetts health plan he signed into law as governor might be perceived as an implied endorsement of Obamacare. If he tries to put up a wall between himself and MassCare, he’s flipping on the very successful program he strongly supported just a few years ago.
Although he’s promised to repeal the national law, analysts say that keeping only the portions he likes is impossible without the individual mandate. Which, by the way, is how it works in Massachusetts.
Romney now finds himself doing the two-step yet again. Repealing the law could potentially leave an estimated 60 to 80 million people without health coverage. Supporting the law — or at least the parts he likes — puts him at odds with the rest of the GOP, especially the hard right.
Poor Mitt. As NPR reported, “Of course not getting rid of the entire Affordable Care Act is not only an express violation of the Republican Party 2012 platform but also is at odds with Romney’s own position as detailed on the campaign’s website.”
So Romney backtracked somewhat, through campaign surrogates, who insisted that he will repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, and replace it with his own plan. Which seems suspiciously like the template for The Affordable Care Act.