I watched’ “60 Minutes” last night and heard Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney reveal his new plan for the millions of Americans who don’t have any health care coverage: Go to the emergency room.
“Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance. If someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care.”
– The 2012 Mittster
As just about anyone will tell you, this is a publicly more expensive program and must less effective than insured quality care on an ongoing basis.
This is the same man who implemented the universal health care law in Massachusetts (what we tend to call Romneycare) while he was the governor. He also reiterated the need for universal coverage back in 2010 during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Look, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for us to have millions and millions of people who have no health insurance and yet who can go to the emergency room and get entirely free care for which they have no responsibility, particularly if they are people who have sufficient means to pay their own way.”
– The 2010 Mittster
Does this guy ever stick to his opinions? Are any of his thoughts really his own?
I doubt it.
- Romney and Health Care (thepage.time.com)
- Mitt Romney Says the Emergency Room Is a Fine Health Insurance Plan for the Poors (slog.thestranger.com)
- Mitt Romney, On 60 Minutes, Cites Emergency Room As Health Care Option For Uninsured (afgelocal704.com)
- Romney was against emergency room care before he was for it – Washington Post (blog) (washingtonpost.com)
- Romney and Health Care – TIME (thepage.time.com)
- Romney Solidifies Major Shift On Health Care (VIDEO) (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Mitt Romney: Don’t Have Health Care? Call Ambulance and Hope for the Best (alternet.org)
- Let Them Eat Emergency Rooms: Mitt Romney Says ERs Will Provide Care for the Uninsured [Say What] (gawker.com)
- Just go to the ER, redux (allbleedingstops.blogspot.com)
The dingdong Senator who changed his first name to Rand in honor of Ayn Rand, often says stupid things. Yesterday he said one of the stupidest:
With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery.
I’m a physician in your community and you say you have a right to health care. You have a right to beat down my door with the police, escort me away and force me to take care of you? That’s ultimately what the right to free health care would be.
So, if under Universal health care he would get money from the government for practicing his job, then that is the equivalent of being enslaved – just like postal employees, garbage collectors, military officers and police.
Has Rand Paul read the Constitution? Serious question! Because it bans slavery, yet it also says people shall “enjoy the right” “to have the Assistance of Counsel” in criminal prosecutions! Does Rand Paul know that we have been enslaving lawyers for 200 years?
Here’s Rand Paul making his statement of stupidity:
- Rand Paul: ObamaCare is Slavery (yourdaddy.net)
- Rand Paul: Universal Health Care Is Basically Slavery [Philosophy] (gawker.com)
- Rand Paul Says Right To Health Care Is Slavery (newsone.com)
- Bernie Sanders vs Rand Paul on Equating Universal Healthcare to Slavery (crooksandliars.com)
- Rand Paul: If You Believe Health Care Is A Right, You Believe In Slavery (alan.com)
- Really, Rand Paul? REALLY??? (passthedoucheys.com)
- Rand Paul, America’s dumbest senator, will not be enslaved by your “right” to basic healthcare (salon.com)
- Rand Paul says people who support universal healthcare ‘believe in slavery’ (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
… perhaps you could use some information comparing America’s annual costs and patient life expectations to some of the world’s other countries (most of whom have Universal Health Care). Go to http://blogs.ngm.com/.a/6a00e0098226918833012876a6070f970c-800wi and get some stats that will make you mad as hell (and I write this on a day that California’s Blue Cross group wants to raise their health insurance rates by 59%… other states are lining up with similar increases.)
And the next time some Republican Congressional Type says we have the “Best Health Care In The World” you can assume that the speaker is rich enough to afford it. When will we get single-payer Universal Health Care like the rest of the 21st Century nations in our world?
- Would Republicans Rush To Repeal Health Law If They Could Make It Stick? (politicsdaily.com)
- What Repealing the Affordable Care Act Will Cost Families, Seniors, Small Businesses, States… (whitehouse.gov)
- Hold Republicans accountable for their health care repeal vote. (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- White House dismisses health care repeal effort (sfgate.com)
- Health-care law’s repeal would hurt millions, advocates say (dispatch.com)