Friday, October 5, 2012

Romney Adviser's Accidental Admission on Regulating Insurance Companies

One of the more noteworthy things that came out of the first debate was this line from Mitt Romney:

"I do have a plan that deals with people with pre-existing conditions. That's part of my health care plan," Romney said.
Of course, Romney was full of shit, and thankfully many people have pointed that out. One of Romney's top advisers admitted as much:

“With respect to pre-existing conditions, what Governor Romney has said is for those with continuous coverage, he would continue to make sure that they receive their coverage,” said Eric Fehrnstrom, referring to existing laws which require insurance companies to sell coverage to people who already have insurance, or within 90 days of losing their employer coverage.
Pressed by TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, Fehrnstrom said those who currently lack coverage because they have pre-existing conditions would need their states to implement their own laws — like Romney’s own Massachusetts health care law — that ban insurance company from discriminating against sick people.
“We’d like to see states do what Massachusetts did,” Fehrnstrom said. “In Massachusetts we have a ban on pre-existing conditions.”

Now, these comments by themselves are bad enough, but there's another important aspect that I feel has been overlooked. Notice what Fehrnstrom is specifically saying. He said that they (Team Romney) hope that the States will be able to place a ban on pre-existing conditions. He didn't say they they hoped the free market will cause insurance companies to eventually willingly place a ban on pre-existing conditions. No, he said that he hopes the states, aka, the GOVERNMENT*, will somehow step in and save all those poor, unfortunate patients.

Maybe I shouldn't be looking too deeply into it, but it seems, at least to me anyway, that Fehrnstrom knows full well that, left to their own devices, the insurance companies would do everything in their power to deny people with pre-existing conditions, and just simply had a little Freudian slip.

*Yes, it's true the righties generally like to scream STATES RIGHTS, but that doesn't take away from the fact that big government is still big government.

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