In his never-ending quest to make America like him, Mitt Romney talked to the Columbus Dispatch this week about healthcare. Probably the most troublesome part of the healthcare plan that Romney doesn't have yet, (Okay, this is all he has thus far.) is eliminating Obamacare’s preexisting condition guaranteed coverage. How does an evil vulture capitalist deal with such an abomination?
Romney, in a meeting with The Dispatch’s editorial board, said those who currently don’t carry insurance would have a chance to make a “choice” to be covered without fear of being denied. But he didn’t specify how long Americans would have to make that choice, or what would happen to those who chose not to be covered and later fell sick.
A clever crafting of words, enough to make it sound as if he actually has some sort of plan, but without any details at all. Romney may well be referring to the choice one has to purchase anything on their own, it isn't a plan at all, so of course there are no details.
“We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack,’ ” he said as he offered more hints as to what he would put in place of “Obamacare,” which he has pledged to repeal.
“No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital. We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”
I know those of you who have ever been uninsured, or underinsured and had the misfortune to need medical treatment are shaking your heads and thinking "What a moron." But, he really said that. Nobody dies in their apartment anymore because they don’t have health insurance. Well, unfortunately 45,000 a year do:
Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis...
So yes, Mitt Romney, Americans without health insurance do die in their apartments or on the street if they have no home, and as they can't get preventative care in the emergency room, or treatment for chronic illness, with you in the White House they would be dying faster than one every 12 minutes!
Did you notice how this "go to the emergency room for health care" plan sounds a lot like Romney's other plans? Say education, for instance. Romney says he would cut pell grants for college students. What is he going to replace them with? He says go home and borrow money from your parents.
This takes us back to Romney's disconnect from mainstream America. He doesn't have a clue how the world operates for the majority of Americans. He has no real plans or policies that would help the majority of Americans. The worst part of it all is that he doesn't really even give a damn.