Elections 2012: Romney Says He Supports Parts of Obamacare

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who promised early in his campaign to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, says he would keep several important parts of the overhaul.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he would not get rid of every aspect of President Obama’s health care reform law on NBC’s Meet the Press. Photo: Paul Marotta/Meet the Press

Romney said on Sunday that if he were elected president he would keep parts of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, a seemingly abrupt turn on an early campaign promise, reports The Huff Post.

“Well, I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform,” the former Massachusetts governor said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Of course there are a number of things that 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. 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 advantage basis through their company,” said Romney.

“I say we’re going to replace Obamacare,” Romney said. “And I’m replacing it with my own plan. And even in Massachusetts when I was governor, our plan there deals with pre-existing conditions and with young people.”

In the interview, Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, also said he would offset his proposed tax cuts by closing loopholes for high income taxpayers, according to Daily Mail.

“We’re not going to have high-income people pay less of the tax burden than they pay today. That’s not what’s going to happen,” he said.

Romney, however, declined to provide an example of a loophole he would close.

“I can tell you that people at the high end, high-income taxpayers, are going to have fewer deductions and exemptions. Those numbers are going to come down. Otherwise they’d get a tax break. And I want to make sure people understand, despite what the Democrats said at their convention, I am not reducing taxes on high-income taxpayers,” said Romney.

Later a Romney aide clarified his position and told the National Review that Romney does not support the Affordable Care Act’s ban on discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, despite suggesting on “Meet the Press” that he supported that part of the law.

Instead, the aide added, there has been no change in the Republican nominee’s position. “[I]n a competitive environment, the marketplace will make available plans that include coverage for what there is demand for,” the aide said. “He was not proposing a federal mandate to require insurance plans to offer those particular features.”

Romney also told host David Gregory that President Obama’s record on Iran has been dismal, using much the same line of attack as John McCain from 2008 (which ultimately lost him the election), writes Policymic.

Romney said: “Well, I can certainly look at his record and … perhaps the biggest failure is as it relates to the greatest threat that America faces and the world faces, which is a nuclear Iran. The President has not drawn us further away from a nuclear Iran.”

“In fact, Iran is closer to having a weapon, closer to having nuclear capability than when he took office. This is the greatest failure, in my opinion, of his foreign policy. He ran for office saying he was going to meet with Ahmadinejad. He was going to meet with Castro, Kim Jong-il. All the world’s worst actors, without precondition, he’d meet with them in his first year,” he added.

Gregory then pushed on to ask Romney about failing to mention U.S. troops or the war in Afghanistan during his convention address. That oversight has generated a great deal of chatter online about whether the Republican Party remains committed to defense and national security issues. Romney became the first Republican nominee since 1952 to not mention war in his acceptance speech

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