GOP health care reform questionsGOP health care reform needs explanation
As reported in the Superior Telegram, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney now says he won’t eliminate all the provisions of President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act.
In an appearance on “Meet the Press,” he pointed to the provision covering those with pre-existing health conditions as one example of those he would retain if elected president to succeed Obama.
Currently, millions of people with health problems have a difficult time getting health insurance, including cost and coverage provisions. Providing care is more expensive for sick people than the healthy. Obamacare would prevent insurance carriers from denying coverage.
Earlier, Romney had vowed to repeal all of the Affordable Health Care Act, sometimes pejoratively called “Obamacare,” the day he is sworn-in as president. But many of the provisions are popular.
Tommy Thompson, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, seemed to sense that even before the August primary.
“I’m proposing a new voluntary state-federal initiative to enable coverage for pre-existing conditions,” Thompson said, adding that risk-sharing must be solved. “But we can do it without excessive new regulations or mandates,” Thompson said.
“Risk-sharing” can be translated into the question of who is going to pay for the costs of caring for those with existing health problems. Thompson suggests this could be done on a voluntary basis. Voters deserve a more detailed explanation of how Thompson’s voluntary system would work.
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