It’s already been well established by the various fact-checking sites that while both candidates stretched the truth in the first debate, Romney just flat out lied time and time again. He even lied about his own health care plan, forcing his campaign to walk back his claim that he has a plan to help those with pre-existing conditions.
Romney has said repeatedly in stump speeches and said during the debate the other night that even though he promises to repeal the president’s health care plan, he has a plan that will make sure people with pre-existing conditions aren’t turned down for coverage by the insurance companies. When challenged on this by President Obama, he said:
“I do have a plan that deals with people with pre-existing conditions. That’s part of my health care plan.”
And this isn’t the first time he’s said this. On Meet the Press a few weeks ago he said:
“Well, I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. 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.”
But now his top campaign adviser is walking that back:
“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.”
This is hardly surprising. Romney has taken so many different positions on virtually every issue in front of different audiences, he can hardly expect to be able to keep them straight.