Mitt Romney's health care plan
Mitt Romney has said that if elected president, he would repeal Obamacare "on my first day."
August 27th, 2012
10:18 AM ET

Mitt Romney's health care plan

The Empowered Patient is a regular feature from CNN Senior Medical News Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen that helps put you in the driver's seat when it comes to health care.

This week during the Republican National Convention, I’ll be dissecting Mitt Romney’s health care plan, examining what it means to various groups of American patients.

First under the microscope: Preventive care.

Romney said he would act to repeal Obamacare “on my first day if elected president of the United States.” The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, requires insurers to provide free preventive services such as mammograms, immunizations, and cholesterol checks. Patients will not have to pay a co-pay or meet a deductible.

“It’s bad policy today. Obamacare was a bad law yesterday. It is bad law today,” Romney said in June when the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare.

When asked if Romney supported free preventive services, Romney campaign press secretary Andrea Saul said no.

“Mitt Romney does not believe it is the government’s responsibility to provide people with free stuff,” she wrote in an e-mail to CNN.

She said Romney will take a different approach.

“Mitt Romney will institute reforms that control the cost of health care so that preventive care will be affordable for all Americans,” she wrote.

These reforms include allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines; empowering individuals and small business to form purchasing pools; and encouraging “Consumer Reports” type ratings on insurance plans.

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  1. domingostern

    I believe that it is not so important what the insurance companies and/or Obama care forces them to cover. What is important is that, even if certain services are indeed coveredd, there would be no medical doctors to provide such services. Going forward, becoming a medical doctor will no longer be of interest and people will prefer to follow other professional careers.

    August 27, 2012 at 12:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Republicans RStupid


    Mitt Romney and other politicians ALL HAVE 100PERCENT HEALTH CARE COVERAGE ANYWAY SO THEY ARE ALL GETTING THIS ALREADY... And it SHOCKS ME to see that some stupid people are okay when the REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS TELL THE COMMON MAN THAT YOU CAN'T GET THE SAME BENEFIT AS US, and people are ok with it... A common middle class republican is ok paying for the medical care that a millionaire like Romney has FREE...

    And that's why REPUBLICANS ARE STUPID! And what sucks is that if because of them Romney gets elected, THEY'RE NOT ONLY HARMING THEMSELVES BUT ALSO SO MANY DEMOCRATS.

    LASTLY, a lot of the 'CHICK FILL A EATING REPUBLICANS' should think again if they'd like a free CHOLESTROL test or if they wanna have to pay for it... Afterall, the stupidity has to end somewhere... Right?

    August 27, 2012 at 14:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • R51

      You should really do your homework before going public on matters like this. When you don't, it is you in the end that is stupid, not any specific plan or political affiliation.

      August 27, 2012 at 16:11 | Report abuse |
    • Republicans RStupid

      R51... Why don't you provide evidence of what you think could prove anyone stupid... Coz until then, there's no point in preaching anything just like you guys preach from a 2000 year old book and believe in a ghost of a man who died and some wise ass said that that gave you the right to sin ALL YOU WANT coz he's already paid for ALL THE SINS YOU CAN EVER COMMIT... Don't you wish your book of magic also said that Jesus would pay for your national debt as well – which is the result of Republican policies... No matter how hard the democrats try to make any sense, the stupidity of republicans will continue to have negative harm on the nation and it's progress.

      August 27, 2012 at 16:26 | Report abuse |
    • getagrip23

      Few people understand that if disease is caught early it can cost far less to treat. We pay for these costs through medicare, medicaid, or higher medical costs due to hospital write-offs, one way or another.

      August 29, 2012 at 10:17 | Report abuse |
    • middle class republican

      Gentlemen and I use the term loosely
      Name calling, bigotry and ditzing anothers faith shows your true lack of smarts. Also remember nothing in this world is free. Someone pays for it. The real question of Obamacare is who ultimately pays and how much. The answere that I see is me and you that is if you pay any taxes at all. As for Chick a Filet eating republicans the few times that i have been in a Chick a filet I can not imagine that the customers there were mostly Republican never mind rich republicans. Before you spout off you really should take time and look into what you are saying.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:40 | Report abuse |
  3. STP

    I couldn't agree more with you. You forgot to also mention that Stupid people will not mind millionaire's paying lesser tax than average american.

    August 27, 2012 at 15:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Republicans RStupid

      Seriously, I know why the top 2% is republican... But the rest 40 to 50 percent is JUST PLAIN DUMB that is BEING USED BY THEM AND DOESN'T EVEN REALIZE THAT! How's that possible, I thought....

      But the next second I realized, most of these are people who believe that Bible IS the word of God and that every word in it IS TRUE... Which has been proven wrong multiple times – the eath is not 6000 years old, it was not built in 6 days 🙂 etc etc

      And to top it all, these folks choose what parts of the book to believe in and which ones are BS... Like – eating shellfish being a sin, working on Sunday being a sin, wearing clothes made of different fabrics being a sin, AND MOST OF ALL, GLUTTANY BEING A SIN... TRUST ME, ALL CHICK FILL A EATING REPUBLICANS are BIG SINNERS THEN! 🙂 And the list just goes on and on... But I'd also like to point out that if they believed in every word of Christ then they should be treating their enemies with love, not hatred – namely Al Qaeda... So, the defense budget should be cut! But, no – screw that teaching of Christ... Let's pick the one that helps us justify our hatred of the gays and let us deny them their human rights!

      When, that's the REALITY of the republicans, it becomes wrong to expect ANY REASON OR SANE THOUGHTS FROM THEM. Hence, we should think, "Forgive them coz they do not know what they're doing" 🙂

      August 27, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
    • bigsky1970

      @ Republicans RStupid: Never realized that George Soros was a Republican. Warren Buffet isn't a Republican either. Neither is Bill Gates or the late Steve Jobs. The heads of Silicon Valley companies aren't members of the GOP either. Neither are most of Hollywood's rich elite.

      August 27, 2012 at 20:57 | Report abuse |
  4. bob

    Mitt Romney's health care plan: Can you afford health care? Yes? Go to the doctor, get medicines, and enjoy being healthy.

    No? Go die in a whole, stop mooching off of the system.

    August 27, 2012 at 15:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bob

      Wow. That was meant to say *hole, not whole. Oops!

      August 27, 2012 at 16:00 | Report abuse |
  5. bigsky1970

    Of course there was never this much criticism of Obama's plan from CNN or the media. This from the network that is pretending to be objective and fair. LOL

    August 27, 2012 at 20:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jst

    For one thing I'm sick of people putting down Obama for something Romney started in my state of Massachusetts. If you search old videos online on youtube, Romney actually patted himself on the back after senate approved it saying he was the one that started it. So everyone needs to stop blaming Obama for what Romney started. I have health insurance now and would love to pay for no copayment for women's services so I can put that 20.00 in my gas tank instead. We pay almost 200.00 a week for health insurance from my husbands employer that we really can't afford but such as life. Romney has no clue what it's like to live pay check to pay check.

    August 29, 2012 at 09:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Republicans RStupid

      So true! Watching huckabee's speech at the convention was boiling my blood!

      August 29, 2012 at 22:56 | Report abuse |
  7. getagrip23

    The Republicans had a similar plan to Obamacare that they would have rolled out. Their refusal to work with the Democrats to bring our country back from the brink is not the type of behavior we should expect or accept from the people we elect. Until we stop accepting this behavior on both sides of the aisle, we will be powerless in our on country. These people are elected not born into power. We need to make a stand. As long as they can keep us fighting amongst ourselves, they will have free rein to do as they please.

    August 29, 2012 at 10:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Timmy Suckle

    I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $500,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easy to be fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $106,800 level. Now I only pay 1.3% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    August 29, 2012 at 14:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Bren Dena

    In regard to Medicare, I don't believe the Obama Plan is going to be giving anything for free as Mitt Romney suggests. My husband pays a monthly fee for his medical coverage under medicare and he paid a medicare tax the whole of his career as do most other working people. In addition he pays a share of his medical prescriptions as well.
    I can't help but feel anything but fear and disgust for the way Mitt Romney views the Senior Citizens of America. Of course all politicians have great insurance. Our public servants (elected officials) seem to be only interested in power and getting more money in their own pockets and those of their supporters.

    August 29, 2012 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Republicans RStupid

      Completely agree! That's why, REPUBLICANS ARE STUPID!

      August 29, 2012 at 22:55 | Report abuse |
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