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Top Romney Adviser: States Will Have To Cover People With Pre-Existing Conditions Under President Romney

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"With respect to pre-existing conditions, what Governor Romney has said is for those with continuous coverage, he would continue to make sure that they receive their coverage," said Eric Fehrnstrom, referring to existing laws which require insurance companies to sell coverage to people who already have insurance, or within 90 days of losing their employer coverage.

Pressed by TPM's Evan McMorris-Santoro, Fehrnstrom said those who currently lack coverage because they have pre-existing conditions would need their states to implement their own laws -- like Romney's own Massachusetts health care law -- that ban insurance company from discriminating against sick people.

"We'd like to see states do what Massachusetts did," Fehrnstrom said. "In Massachusetts we have a ban on pre-existing conditions."

Romney's plan, of course, became the model for Obamacare -- a fact Obama happily reminded Romney and debate watchers Wednesday night.

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