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Mitt Romney twists and bends on the ACA

Posted by John McDonough  September 9, 2012 08:40 PM

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I did yoga this morning as I try to do 2-3 times weekly. Bikram Yoga is my favored method -- 26 poses, always in the same order, 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees, really. A lot of people diss it, but I'm hooked on the twisting, bending, stretching in every conceivable direction in the highly uncomfortable heat and humidity.

But my twisting was totally outdone a few hours later this morning when Mitt Romney appeared on Meet the Press and began talking about the Affordable Care Act:

"I'm not getting rid of all of health care reform," Mr. Romney said, while emphasizing that he planned to replace the president's plan with his own. "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."

bikram 25.jpgWow, Mitt, that was quite a Spine-Twisting Pose (aka: Ardha-Matsyendrasana -- see left).

So now it's the media's turn, and it will be interesting to see if they are up to it.

1. Specifically, what parts of the ACA does the Republican Presidential Nominee "like?" Don't we have a right to know this?

2. Because Romney has explicitly promised to repeal the entire ACA, each and every section, will Romney really insist on repealing even the sections he "likes" and then hope that Congress passes a substitute?

3. Since Romney explicitly said he wants to make sure that "those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage," how does he propose to achieve this?

Romney has opened this up. Time to demand answers -- and whether your position on the ACA is pro or anti or uncertain, you deserve to know from Candidate Etch-a-Sketch

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John E. McDonough is a professor of practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the author of the book “Inside National Health Reform”, published in 2011 by More »


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