I seem to have a new form of entertainment lately:  watching Mitt Romney’s campaign for President implode — piece by piece — on a daily basis.

Mitt Romney in 2007 in Washington, DC at the V...
Mitt Romney in 2007 in Washington, DC at the Values Voters conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Sunday, it was seeing the reviews from his appearance on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview with CBS News anchor Scott Pelley, when Mitt again tried to make the American public believe that he knows what life is like for the middle class when it comes to things like … oh, let’s say for example, health care.

The attempt came in the following exchange …

PELLEY: Does the government have a responsibility to provide health care to the 50 million Americans who don’t have it today?

ROMNEY: Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance, people — we– 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.

PELLEY: That’s the most expensive way to do it…In an emergency room.

ROMNEY: Different, again, different states have different ways of doing that. Some provide that care through clinics. Some provide the care through emergency rooms.In my state, we found a solution that worked for my state. But I wouldn’t take what we did in Massachusetts and say to Texas, ‘You’ve got to take the Massachusetts model.’

The way I see it, this is truly spoken like someone with all the means in the world to take a family member to a hospital emergency room and be able to just pay for it.  But what he failed to address — and what Pelley nicely tried to point out to him — is that the “just go to the ER” solution for those who can’t afford to pay is one of the biggest reasons America’s health coverage system has been such an utter failure and it’s driving the cost of health care sky-high.  And waiting until a situation requires an ER visit is — in medical terms — a lousy prescription.

Where does Mitt think those costs for all those visits to the ER by those who can’t afford to pay get passed along to?

Has Mitt thought this through?  Does Mitt think anything through?  The evidence is not looking good.

Yes, Republicans, it’s too late for a “do-over.”

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6 thoughts on “Romney campaign overdue for trip to ER

  1. And if you are taking someone to the hospital for emergency care you wait while they prioritize you with the crowd of uninsured who are also there. We used to spend hours with Dave’s elderly parents waiting for our turn. Once his Dad was in so much pain, after about 4 hours I made a scene at the front desk and we got in. It was a good thing too. He was bleeding internally. I could tell about 10 different stories like that and so could everyone who has needed emergency care in the last few years. What is he thinking?

      1. I don’t mean to sound like people have no right to healthcare. I do want us to figure this out. I just don’t think people should be forced to get treatment at emergency facilities when there is also this extreme need for emergency care for our loved ones. What they need could be provided by a regular doctor’s office. That person with the heart problem should have been treated before he/she needed an ambulance to react to a heart attack.

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