Kyl, GOP: Romney's Obamacare Comments Not Change in Policy

Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 09:13 AM

By Patrick Hobin

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Mitt Romney’s comments on “Meet the Press” about preserving some parts of Obamacare are not out of line from previous ones he’s made and his view is consistent with that of congressional Republicans, Roll Call reported.

The Republican presidential nominee said on the Sunday talk show that he would repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and replace it with his own plan. He also said he would keep some parts of Obamacare in place, which ruffled feathers within the GOP. Others in the party say Romney’s remarks do not reflect any change in policy.

"The issue of pre-existing [conditions] and your children staying on [parents' insurance], those have been in Republican plans," House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy told Roll Call. "I think it's very clear that we have said we need health reform, but we think first we have to repeal Obamacare."

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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl agreed.

"What he's talking about are a couple of the things we'd replace," Kyl told Roll Call. "What he is talking about is exactly the view that we've had: Let's repeal Obamacare, let's replace it with policies, some of which may solve some of the same problems, but in a potentially different way."

"What Romney is saying is that there are market-based solutions to these problems as opposed to the mandated, government, top-down [policies in] Obamacare," Kyl said.

Romney’s campaign insisted his comments did not stray from previous statements on health care.

"Well, I'm not getting rid of all of health care reform," Romney said on “Meet the Press” Sunday. "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."

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland told Roll Call he agrees with what Romney said on the show.

"Of course I support those two things. That doesn't mean I don't think it shouldn't be repealed and start over because [there is no sense] trying to patch up something that is so bad that in 2,000 pages all you can find to support are these two issues," he said. "Of course, I'd rather the industry does this. But if the industry doesn't do it, it should be the states who do it. Congress doing it should be a last, last resort."

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