[Romney] went on to criticize the Affordable Care Act, known pejoratively as Obamacare. He said he could make a “better setting” than the incumbent when it came to preventing people with preexisting conditions from being dropped by insurers, assuring access to insurance for all, and so forth.
Romney, who has aggressively distanced himself from his landmark legislation, appeared to cautiously embrace it during an appearance Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa. “We’ve got to do some reforms in health care, and I have some experience doing that, as you know,” Romney said.
"If they’re 45 years old, and they show up and they say ‘I want insurance because I’ve got a heart disease,’ it’s like, hey, guys, we can’t play the game like that. You’ve got to get insurance when you are well. And so and then if you get ill, then you’re going to be covered.” [from Romney's interview with Jay Leno]
"Let’s say someone’s had a job for a while but insured, then they get real sick and they happen to lose a job, or change jobs, they find, gosh, I’ve got a pre-existing condition, I can’t get insured. I’d say, no, no no. As long as you’ve been continuously insured, you ought to be able to get insurance going forward. See, you have to take that problem away. You have to make sure the legislation doesn’t allow insurance companies to reject people.” [from Romney's interview with Jay Leno]
"Gov. Romney supports reforms to protect those with pre-existing conditions from being denied access to a health plan while they have continuous coverage," spokeswoman Andrea Saul told ABC News. She said that Romney believes the states, rather than the federal government, should have more say over health care - and that coverage for those with pre-existing conditions would not be guaranteed.
"You know, regardless of what they [the Supreme Court] do, it's going to be up to the next President to either repeal and replace Obamacare or to replace Obamacare," Romney told a group of donors at an Orlando fundraiser Tuesday. He also refused to back down from his opposition to the law’s ban on health care companies denying coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions.
The individual mandate, [Romney] said [referring to his Massachusetts plan], “is essential for bringing the health care costs down for everyone and getting everyone the health insurance they need.”
"With regards to the individual mandate, the individual responsibility program that I proposed, I was very pleased that the compromise between the two houses includes the personal responsibility mandate,” [Romney] says in the video, which was found by the group American Bridge 21st Century.
A spokeswoman [for Romney's campaign] said, "If people had been in Massachusetts, under Gov. Romney's healthcare plan, they would have had healthcare." Until now, Romney himself has refused to endorse his own plan in retrospect, except to say that it is unique to Massachusetts and what works in one state may not work in another. Famously, his Massachusetts plan includes the requirement that everybody purchase insurance, with help for those who can't afford it.
[Romney] would expand individual tax-advantaged medical savings accounts and let the savings be used for insurance premiums as well as personal medical costs. [Romney] would let insurance be sold across state lines to expand options, and restrict malpractice awards to restrain health care costs. [Romney would] introduce "generous" but undetermined subsidies to help future retirees buy private insurance, or let them have the option of traditional Medicare, with a gradually increasing age to qualify for benefits.