At first glance, it looked like Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had once again altered his position on healthcare reform.
"I’m not getting rid of all of healthcare reform," he said on "Meet the Press" over the weekend. "Of course, there are a number of things that I like in healthcare 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."
Jeepers. Those are a couple of biggies under Obamacare. Has Romney seen the light?
Maybe not so much.
Just hours after the program, the Romney campaign issued the following clarification:
"In a competitive environment, the marketplace will make available plans that include coverage for what there is demand for," according to an unnamed aide to the GOP candidate.
The aide emphasized that Romney "was not proposing a federal mandate to require insurance plans to offer those particular features."
Now that's a significantly different critter.
First of all, there's already huge demand for coverage of pre-existing conditions, and insurers simply don't offer that product. And there's a good reason: They lose a lot of money when people come knocking with costly medical conditions. Better from a business perspective to slam the door in such people's faces.