On the campaign trail Mitt Romney had been saying he'd stay clear of all aspects of Obamacare, Obama's impending program for health care in the U.S.. However, on Sunday, Romney said some health care reform he would keep if elected president.
He now intends to keep two critical and popular aspects of the program, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, though he steered clear of acknowledging that coverage of pre-existing conditions and coverage for children comes directly from Obamacare. The act has long been touted as similar to a health care program he'd introduced while governor of Massachusetts so it is not a total surprise he likes aspects of it.
“I’m not getting rid of all health care reform,” Romney told NBC’s 'Meet the Press' on Sunday. "Of course there are a number of things 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 the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their family up to whatever age they might like.”
Romney in June: Give health care to the states
Romney was on record as having said he'd give a waiver to all 50 states to stop the health care reform act, to be phased in over four years, and return health care responsibilities to the states. He's been saying that since June and here's more of what he said in June: “What the Court did not do on its last day in session I will do on my first day if elected President of the United States. And that is that I will act to repeal Obamacare. Obamacare was bad policy yesterday - it's bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday - it’s bad law today.”
Also in June he said that "Obamacare substitutes government intrusiveness for the dynamics of individual responsibility" but on 'Meet the Press' on Sunday he said that he'd "replace Obamacare...with my own plan."