Mitt Romney surprised "Meet the Press" viewers on Sunday when he said that "there are a number of things that [he] like(s)" in President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law that he plans on keeping in place. Appearing on the NBC show for the first time since 2009, Romney stated, "One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage."
Could Romney really be changing his tune on Obamacare? To many, it sounded too good to be true.
Turns out, they were right to be wary.
As soon as the news broke, Romney aides were quick to clarify his position by explaining that Romney's words on "Meet the Press" were consistent with his prior position that people who haven't experienced a gap in coverage wouldn't be denied coverage in the future.
In other words, Romney is still against helping people with pre-existing conditions who experience a lapse in their healthcare coverage. If you've been fortunate enough in the past despite the dismal economy to hold onto your health insurance, you're fine under Romney's "plan."
If not - say, perhaps you lost your job and your coverage lapsed because you couldn't afford it - then things will not get better for you if Romney is elected president.
And that's not even the half of it.
If he becomes president, Romney has pledged to block grant Medicaid and privatize Medicare. As recently as Monday, he's vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a law that is now helping more than 100 million Americans afford their healthcare, keep their doctor and put a stop to the worst of insurance company abuses. The ACA also includes a provision to go into effect by 2014 that will prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage to anyone because of a pre-existing condition.
All the improvements and increased access to care we're experiencing under Obama are at risk this if the candidates who pledges to repeal our healthcare law gets elected. Let us know how you can help re-elect President Obama and other candidates who will work for us.