Waffling on Obamacare will Not Help Mitt Romney
Appearing Sunday on
Lo and behold, he said that he will "make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage" and will "assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their family up to whatever age they might like. I also want individuals to be able to buy insurance, health insurance, on their own as opposed to only being able to get it on a tax-advantaged basis through their company."
Well, doesn't all this sound very much like Obamacare without Obama? Or what one Republican wag during the primaries sarcastically referred to as the "Romneycare" that the former
The Romney campaign quickly issued a clarification that its candidate was not changing his position on coverage for pre-existing medical conditions. A spokesman said he had always favored it -- provided a person already had health insurance when such pre-existing condition required treatment. Others, however, might have the impression that Romney was trying to cherry-pick the most popular features of Obama's reform, the ones likely to win the president support for his re-election in November.
Post-convention public opinion polls have indicated that Romney got little boost from his personality-pitching in
The Obama campaign was quick to characterize Romney as dissembling on his commitment to throw out Obamacare and replace it presumably with a clean health-care reform plan of his own. As
With the two national party conventions having occurred later in the election cycle than usual, the period between them and the first presidential debates is also shorter than it has been in the past. The careful nominee will want to say or do nothing to give his opponent any new target that can be exploited in the first, and probably most heavily watched, debate, which is scheduled for
The Republicans' pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare has been a major unifying theme from the start. But it no longer is the
Romney's blip on the question of coverage for pre-existing medical conditions may soon pass, but not if the Democrats can help it. Romney can ill afford to spend much time now clarifying what he meant, when he needs to stay on the offensive against the president, pointing out the stalled economy and high unemployment rate that continue to imperil Obama's bid for a second term.
As time winds down to the first debate in
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