Big gaps in Romney plan on pre-existing conditions
His campaign says states will have the flexibility and resources to design programs for residents who cannot afford coverage on their own.
Individual insurance market expert Karen Pollitz, who served in the Obama administration as a consumer protection regulator, says the components of Romney’s plan are unlikely to provide as comprehensive a guarantee as the president’s Affordable Care Act.
‘‘The ACA just says insurance companies can’t discriminate against you, period,’’ said Pollitz, now with the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. ‘‘If you've been uninsured, you can come into this market on Jan. 1, 2014, no questions asked.’’