Mitt Romney on Meet the Press: “Of course there are a number of things I like about health-care reform that I’m going to put in place. One is to make sure those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage.”
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul: the protection applies only to those who have continuous coverage.
Sara Kliff: The continuous coverage requirement leaves a big hole through which many individuals could fall.
Tyler Cowen: I would say he is preparing for a major fold on the issue. I’ve been predicting a Romney administration would block grant Medicaid, undo some or all of the Medicare savings in ACA, but essentially keep the mandate under a different label and then claim to have “repealed and replaced.”
My suggestion: Keep the federal risk pool. Only 77,000 have enrolled and it is not costing that much. I would tighten it a bit to discourage gaming: in addition to a six-months-without-insurance requirement, I would penalize people based on their income, their assets and the length of time they have been willfully uninsured. Pay for this by keeping some of the ObamaCare taxes on the industries that were so willing to sell all the rest of us out by backing the legislation.