CNN — This week during the Republican convention I'll be dissecting Mitt Romney's health care plan, examining what it means to various groups of American patients.
Monday, we put preventive care under the microscope. Tuesday, we're looking at Romney's plan for helping people with pre-existing conditions -- anything from back pain to cancer to diabetes -- who have often been denied insurance or asked to pay exorbitant premiums.
Obamacare requires insurance companies to sell policies to people with pre-existing conditions without charging a higher premium.
Romney has vowed he would act to repeal Obamacare on his first day as president. Instead, he says he would "prevent discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage," according to his website.
When asked by CNN how Romney defined "continuous coverage," his spokeswoman Andrea Saul did not answer.
In a May 2011 speech in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Romney spoke broadly about the concept.
"If you've been insured for 10 years, and you have a heart attack, and you've changed jobs, because of that continuous period of insurance, of course you will continue to be covered," he said. "If you've never had insurance, and you're age 55, and suddenly you have a heart attack, and now you want to buy insurance - you don't say to them: 'Oh, fine, you get it.' ... That doesn't work very well."
For people with pre-existing conditions who do not yet have insurance, states would be able to pursue a number of different approaches, such as high-risk pools and insurance exchanges, according to Saul.