Not long after the Supreme Court handed down their monumental ruling finding the Affordable Care Act constitutional, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney went to the podium and called for repealing the health care program and replacing it with exactly the same provisions. There was only one difference between Romney’s plan and the current one known as Obamacare. Obama’s health care plan is paid for, while Romney’s would not be.
You see, Romney is opposed to the individual mandate because it requires all Americans to purchase health care. Those who flatly refuse to do so, as opposed to those who just can’t afford it, would pay a fine of 2.5% of their income as the penalty for not buying insurance. Essentially, the penalty is a sort of tax that would help pay for the policies in the law. The provisions will also be paid for because everyone would be insured, creating a giant health insurance pool that would keep prices down. On Thursday’s edition of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took Romney to task for his promise to repeal Obamacare and put in place a nearly identical plan that isn’t paid for.
“The real question is, how does Wilford Brimlington Romney handle this new development, Stewart asked before playing a clip of Romney’s response and then picking it apart.
ROMNEY: It’s important for us to repeal and replace Obamacare. What are some of the things that we’ll keep in place? We have to make sure that people who want to keep their current insurance will be able to do so.
STEWART: Sure, that’s very important, but oh, that’s actually a part of Obamacare, but go ahead…
ROMNEY: We also have to assure that we do our very best to help each state in their effort to assure that every American has access affordable health care.
STEWART: Oh, that’s a great idea. That, oh, uh like the Medicaid expansion that’s in Obamacare, ok that’s good.
ROMNEY: Gotta make sure that those people who have pre-existing conditions know that they will be able to be insured.
STEWART: So you’re going to keep everything but the mandate aka the thing that pays for it. So the fiscally responsible Republican is saying, ‘Don’t worry, you’re going to get all the goodies, but not the bill. Because that would be taxes and that would be tyranny. Except in Massachusetts, where it worked and, oh just make me President ok!?’
Here’s the hilarious video: