GOP presidential candidate (and Yacht Enthusiast Magazine’s Man of the Year) Mitt Romney has something to say to all of the Americans out there with pre-existing conditions who won’t be able to get health care if ObamaCare is struck down: Tough luck.
In an interview with hard-hitting journalist Jay Leno, Romney was asked what he’d do to help people with pre-existing conditions in the absence of the Affordable Care Act (which prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to the sick and injured). Here’s the transcript (via Think Progress):
ROMNEY: People with pre-existing conditions, as long as they have been insured before, they are going to be able to continue to have insurance.
LENO: Suppose they haven’t been insured before?
ROMNEY: Well, if they are 45 years old and they show up and say I want insurance because I have 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 then if you get ill, you are going to be covered. […]
We’ll look at a circumstance where someone is ill and hasn’t been insured so far, but people who have the chance to be insured –- if you are working in the auto business for instance, the companies carry insurance, they insure their employees, you look at the circumstances that exist –- but people who have done their best to get insured are going to be able to be covered. But you don’t want everyone saying, ‘I am going to sit back until I get sick and then go buy insurance.’ That doesn’t make sense. But you get defined rules and get people in who are playing by the rules.
“Hey guys. We can’t play the game like that.” That’s Man of the People Mitt Romney for you.