In another episode of “Romney’s Full of Crap,” we have Mitt saying that emergency rooms are a viable option for people who have no health insurance.
“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.”
This was an attempt to justify his goal of repealing the Affordable Health Care Act if he was to win the election. There are so many problems with this…let’s get started.
First, let’s look at the problems with repealing the individual mandate, but keeping other provisions of the law such as the increased age limit on parents’ coverage and elimination of denial for pre-existing conditions. If we expand the number of people insurance companies are forced to cover, and don’t require everyone to have insurance, the cost of insurance will skyrocket. The point of requiring everyone to maintain coverage is that healthcare providers won’t have to write off medical bills for uninsured persons and pass the amount owed on to the rest of the people who have insurance. This is a major factor in the increasing cost of medical care. If this problem still exists, and we expand coverage, we will only see rising costs of healthcare and insurance rates. It won’t work.
The other problem is that Mitt is entirely full of crap. He knows very well that emergency rooms aren’t an option for healthcare. Let’s take a look at some previous quotes from Romney on emergency rooms as healthcare for the uninsured:
“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.”
“When they show up at the hospital, they get care. They get free care paid for by you and me. If that’s not a form of socialism, I don’t know what is. So my plan did something quite different. It said, you know what? If people can afford to buy insurance … or if they can pay their own way, then they either buy that insurance or pay their own way, but they no longer look to government to hand out free care. And that, in my opinion, is ultimate conservativism.”
So Mitt’s plan was that people could choose to either have insurance, pay in cash when services are rendered, or be denied healthcare. So…according to his plan, if you don’t have insurance or you can’t pay cash in advance of any services rendered, you just get denied and sent home to either get better or die. Okay, I don’t agree with letting people just die because they can’t afford the same care as rich people, but if that’s what you want, then I think he needs to stand up and tell the country that this is what he believes. And he would also have to make a law that allows healthcare providers the option of turning away patients who are dying if they don’t have insurance or the money to pay in advance.
See where the problem lies here? We either have to let people die, watch healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, or mandate that everyone take personal responsibility and stay insured.
But the most entertaining piece of this story is the fact that Mitt showed us once again that he is willing to lie and tell people what he thinks they want to hear in order to win the election. He flip flops like a fish out of water. He really makes me wonder if the Republican party chose him in an effort to lose this election. What other explanation is there for putting a candidate out there who does nothing but lie, offend people, and reverse his position on issues every other day? I don’t know…maybe some liberals infiltrated the GOP and worked their way to the top so that they could destroy the Republican party from within. Or is that just the wishful thinking of a dreamer?