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Published: Sunday, Sept. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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South Jordan, UT

"One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage."

Can someone please explain to me how Mitt Romney plans to eliminate exclusion for those with pre-existing conditions without an individual mandate, without a government program to do it, and without shooting health care costs through the roof? Because I do not believe it is possible.

provo, Utah

It's simple, he will just get rid of all the ficticious lies surrounding the ACA as soon as he renames it as his own.

He can have exactly the same plan under the guise that democrat bad, republican good.

He's allready done it. Romney care in Mass IS the same thing. And the individual mandate WAS the reoublicans idea in the first place.

They just won't lie about death panels and government takeovers when it's thier plan that does exactly the same thing.

Far East USA, SC

''One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage."

"And even in Massachusetts when I was governor, our plan there deals with pre-existing conditions and with young people."

Yes Mr Romney, These things were made possible BECAUSE you instituted an Insurance Mandate.

Without the mandate, people will not purchase coverage UNTIL they get sick. Healthy people and young people will not pay into the insurance pool.

It is really a fairly simple concept.

salt lake city, UT

Govenor Romney left his one term in office with a 35% approval rating. The Republicans nominated a lemon and now they are trying to convince us it's lemonade.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

another etch-a-sketch moment...

but we saw this coming. afterall, obamacare was modeled after romneycare.

Sugar City, ID

Oh Yes. The Romney that I hoped was there is beginning to come to the forefront. I can now enthusiastically support him. FDR had his day and now WMR can learn from his mistakes and be an improvement. The distinctions and contrasts with the current president cannot be taken lightly. There is a difference and if the fanatical right wants to pout and throw tantrums (as they did when Clinton was handed the presidency and the beginning of a robust economy) then we must identify them as our real enemies.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Two months left to election day. Better make my move to the center to get those Independents - and hope the TPers don't notice.

Washington, UT

What is so offensive about Obamacare is 1) the way it was passed, 2) that there was no serious debate or discussion, 3) that Obama did not even pretend to include Republicans or anybody else in the discussion, and 4) the anti-America, individual mandate that says you will buy this or we will make you a criminal, we will fine you and make life miserable for you. No sane person with any sense of individual liberty would ever force something like this on Americans--and it was forced upon us. Something this big, this significant, this costly, and this dictatorial, should ever be passed without at least a year of serious discussion and debate. Pelosi's statement, "we must pass this so can find out what's in it, is so absurd and so offensive, she should have been impeached for it.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I don't know why all the grief--parts of the health care plan are probably good ideas and parts aren't. I can't say why saying that is a bad thing. Until either party can actually admit the other party might have a good idea here or there, our country is doomed to go down the tubes...

Washington, UT

There's a world of difference. For starters, if you don't like Mass you can move to another state, but a national policy gives you no option--which is the Democrats approach to everything. Secondly, Romeny's plan is not a mandate, but it does change some things that need changing, plus several things that Obamacare refused to include, like liability limits for doctors, and the elimination of all the bureaucratic boards and control of healthcare. Nobody is arguing that our healthcare could use a few improvements, but locking everybody in a closet and forcing them to pay or go to jail is so unAmerican it is jaw dropping. But Obama and the Democrats had no reservations about doing such a thing.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Actually Mitt recanted this position when being interviewed when on a conservative website. Mitt will say anything to get elected...his has changed his position on more issues since becoming a political animal then a chameleon changes colors. He does this while he is disingenuous about the President's positions.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Here he goes again...
Mitt Romney said only Mitt Romney's healthcare program IN Massachusetts was acceptable.
Mitt Romney said everything was wrong with Obamacare.
Mitt Romney said Obamacare was a disaster.
He said....
Shall we take a couple of hours, and count all that Mitt Romney continues to lie about, and change his mind on?

Provo, UT

@dumprake -- Under Obamacare you are not forced to buy insurance or go to jail. Stop believing all the kooky emails you get. My personal philosophy: if something you read in an email is absolutely outrageous, it most likely isn't true. Under Obamacare you pay a penalty if you don't have insurance, but rest assured, you won't go to jail. You also won't be killed by a death panel or any of the other insane things you've probably been told by people whose goal is to get you all worked up.

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

@ Wonder,
So, obviously you won't go to jail if you don't have insurance, but you ARE FORCED to pay a "fine" (or lets face it, another tax) if you don't have insurance. How is that constitutional? It is so unAmerican it's disgusting. No freedom to choose what one wants. Slowly but surely a loss of freedoms.

Salt Lake City, UT

Hate to burst your bubble but the Romney team has already taken that back with an aide of his telling the National Review that Romney does not support the ACA's ban on discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.


Well, you know, it was passed and now we know what's in it! I'm sure that there are parts that are indeed good ideas, but the way it was passed, wasn't. Now that we have looked it over, maybe it is time to get rid of it, or at least most of it.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT


Well, you are right and you are wrong.

Where you're wrong. Obamacare (for lack of a better term) is CONSTITUTIONAL unless the Republicans don't believe in the sanctity of the Supreme Court especially when five of the Supreme Court justices were appointed by Republican Presidents including the Chief Justice John Roberts who gave the deciding vote. I was taught in government class that the Supreme Court makes decisions on matters of what is constitutional so I'll have to go with that.

But you are right, it is a TAX. That apart of the Affordable Healthcare Act I don't particularly like either.

salt lake city, utah

Actually, it's not as simple as you don't have insurance you pay a penaly. There is a multitued of exceptions erasing the penalty. Personally I think Romney would have been far better off with I'm going to repeal Obamacare. He's going to have a heck of a time parsing the differences now, and while tpartiers have no one else to vote, they could very easily become so disapointed with him they stay home.

South Jordan, UT

I am still waiting for someone to explain I me how he intends to cover those with pre-existing conditions without some sort of requirement for everyone to have insurance or driving the cost of insurance through the roof! I still don't think it's possible, and no commenters here have even begun to address it.

Taylorsville, UT

This is why we can't allow any form of Romney health care plans. The Mass and Utah plan that Romney designed are both in trouble and criminally under the control or state health care agency's that do not value the privacy of ones Dr/patient rights and share all private information with every other government and police department in the state.

Previously Utah is subversive and without consent but new Obama care ACA laws is forcing Utah doctors and health care to have patients sign consent forms to allow government and state agency's access to all personal and private medical information. In other words revoking the Dr/patient privileged information laws by consent.

Romney is a closet liar about health care and our rights and he plans to institute the same program, laws, and costs to individuals in his plan. National and socialized health care insurance must be revoked in every form and Reamonn a free enterprise and independent service. Romney has no plans to repeal Obama care, its already a law that can be manipulated by his ideas and tax laws.

I hope Ron Paul is still in the wings for my vote.

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