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If Healthcare Reform is Struck Down, Romney Says He Will Deny Coverage to Uninsured Persons w/ DisabilitiesThe decision from the Supreme Court on whether Obama's Healthcare Reform is constitutional was supposed to be handed down today. But when the latest set of decisions were issued, the healthcare ruling was not included. Though it is possible for decisions to be released on any day of the week they are normally given on Mondays or Thursdays. It has often been the case that the most momentous rulings are held until the last day of the term, which is next Thursday.
If Healthcare Reform is repealed, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney confirmed last week that he will deny insurance coverage to anyone with pre-existing conditions, who are not already insured. "So let's say someone has been continuously insured and they develop a serious condition. And let's say they lose their jobs or they change jobs or they move and go to a different place, I don't want them to be denied insurance because they have some pre-existing conditions. So we're going to have to make sure that the law that we replace Obamacare with, ensures that people who have a pre-existing condition, who have been insured in the past, are able to get insurance in the future so they don't have to worry about that condition keeping them from getting the kind of health care they deserve." Romney said.
When his campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul was asked to clarify his position she confirmed that he does not support the protections for persons with pre-existing conditions written into the healthcare reform law. "Governor Romney supports reforms to protect those with pre-existing conditions from being denied access to a health plan while they have continuous coverage," she told Huffington Post. As for those who do not already have insurance she said, Romney "supports reforms that empower states to make high risk pools more accessible by using cost reducing methods like risk adjustment and reinsurance," but suggested there would be no guarantees.
In response Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said, "Mitt Romney just clarified the choice in this election – he'd put insurance companies back in charge,...People living with pre-existing conditions from asthma to breast cancer are on their own if Mitt Romney is elected president and millions more would lose their health insurance."
Source: abcnews.go.com; thinkprogress.org