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Romney Praises Government Health Care

Postby Huckleby » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:49 pm

Romney praises health care in Israel, where ‘strong government influence’ has driven down costs


Here's a dirty little secret: I think Romney is a practical, good man (well, except for the tendency to lie in campaigns) and would be happy to have him as president. Unfortunately, this is the wrong time for a moderate Republican because the Republican party as a whole wants to undo the New Deal and roll granny off the cliff.

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Re: Romney Praises Government Health Care

Postby rabble » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:01 pm

I think it's possible you're right about him wanting to do the right thing but damn, Huck. Are you seriously saying the teabaggers would let him get away with that?

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Re: Romney Praises Government Health Care

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:06 pm

His praise did not go unrewarded.

Romney raises more than $1 million in Jerusalem

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Re: Romney Praises Government Health Care

Postby Huckleby » Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:16 pm

rabble wrote:I think it's possible you're right about him wanting to do the right thing but damn, Huck. Are you seriously saying the teabaggers would let him get away with that?


Romney could be OK with a Democratic congress.

If Romney is paired with Republican majority in the Senate, we are in deep doodoo. It's gonna be worse than Bush years.

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Re: Romney Praises Government Health Care

Postby WestSideYuppie » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:56 pm

Which Bush years? I noticed that when Romney dares to mention the Bush name, he's very careful to specify that he's talking about George Herbert Walker Bush.

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Re: Romney Praises Government Health Care

Postby Huckleby » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:04 pm

Mitt on HebrewCare:

"Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? Eight percent. You spend eight percent of GDP on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care, 10 percentage points more…. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to fund and manage our health care costs.”


ANDREW ROSENTHAL comments:

I really would like to know if Mr. Romney— who as governor of Massachusetts passed a healthcare bill including an individual mandate before suggesting the president adopt the idea for the country before promising to “get rid of Obamacare”—bothered to research Israel’s system. Because every Israeli citizen has the obligation to purchase health care services through one of the country’s four HMOs since government officials approved the National Health Insurance Law in 1995. Moreover, Israelis pay 40 percent of their HMO’s costs through income-related contributed collected through the tax system, and the state pays the remaining 60 percent.

If Mr. Romney’s serious about finding ways “not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to fund and manage our health care costs,” he could start by endorsing the Affordable Care Act—a more market-oriented version of the Israeli system, which (as even Mr. Romney admits) works quite well.

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