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.
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.”
- Romney and Health Care (thepage.time.com)
- Just go to the ER, redux (allbleedingstops.blogspot.com)
- Romney can’t decide if ERs are socialism or a great health care plan (dailykos.com)
- Let Them Eat Emergency Rooms: Mitt Romney Says ERs Will Provide Care for the Uninsured [Say What] (gawker.com)
- Romney: Uninsured Can Go to ER (drudge.com)
- Romney’s Lost 60 Minutes Opportunity? My Campaign Doesn’t Need a Turnaround (themoderatevoice.com)
- Romney vs A Campaign (civiccommentary.wordpress.com)
- Fox Pretends Romney Got Specific On 60 Minutes (mediamatters.org)
- Romney: Uninsured have emergency rooms (washingtonpost.com)
- Democrats Pounce on Romney Over Uninsured, ER Care (abcnews.go.com)