WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who promised early in his campaign to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), says he would keep some parts of the overhaul.
“Of course there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place,” he said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ”One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage.”
Romney also said he would allow young adults to keep their coverage under their parents’ health-insurance.
Those provisions have been two of the more popular parts of PPACA.
“I say we’re going to replace Obamacare,” Romney said. “And I’m replacing it with my own plan. And even in Massachusetts when I was governor, our plan there deals with pre-existing conditions and with young people.”
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The campaign later said in a clarification that the ban on pre-existing exclusions would apply to consumers who develop health problems while they have health coverage.
In the interview, Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, also said he would offset his proposed tax cuts by closing loopholes for high income taxpayers.