Mitt said in the debate he would cover pre-existing conditions. Well, hold up there! That might be what he said in the debate, but that is NOT what he has been saying for months now.
It is not a small population who would be cut from health care coverage under a proposal similar to what Romney has suggested. A Health and Human Services report published in January 2011 estimated that between 50 million and 129 million people currently have a pre-existing condition in the eyes of insurance companies. Twenty-five million of those do not have health insurance, according to the report. That number does not take into account those who have had gaps in coverage, suggesting a much larger number of people have pre-existing conditions but have not had continuous coverage. [source] [note: the link within the text is mine and goes to the press release for report cited. also note the source link goes to a fact check on this very issue.]
The Health and Human Services press release byline is instructive:
Without Affordable Care Act protections, in 2014, 1 in 2 non-elderly Americans could be denied coverage or charged more due to a pre-existing condition [bolding mine]
Here is the link to the report.
Ezra Klein, in writing the topic, points out that Romney's plan for covering pre-existing conditions includes only those with continuous coverage, leaving a huge portion of the generally pre-retirement population [36%] uncovered:
That works out to 36 percent of the population between age 4 and 65.[cite above]
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