Mitt Romney doubled down on his suggestion that uninsured Americans can find the care they need in emergency rooms, telling The Dispatch that people will always receive the treatment they need, and do not die or suffer because they can not pay for care. He pointed to federal law that requires hospitals to admit emergency patients, repeating his advice that patients rely on the most expensive form of care reserved strictly for emergencies.

A little anecdote: A friend of mine is on total disability from an injury some years ago. Getting on Medicare was a nightmare (that’s a long, bizarre story of its own). She developed a problem with her throat. As it got worse over the years, she eventually tried to go the emergency room to get help, but was turned away because (this is key!) it wasn’t bad for her to get treatment enough even though she was having trouble swallowing. Finally, unable to swallow at all, she was given an operation that cost many thousands, paid for by public funds. The doctor told her if she had been able to be treated early on it would have been a simple, cheap, in the doctor’s office procedure.

I guess Romney is right, sort of, but the costs are higher his way. If you don’t die first.



  1. Uncle Patso says:

    A “Republican” argument for universal health care:

    This country needs Single Payer Universal Coverage so that our corporations can compete with the overseas corporations that don’t have to pay such huge medical/insurance costs of their workers.

    • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

      I’ve been posting that for years now. Its also cheaper overall and per person–something the LIEberTARDs haven’t figured out yet.

      It doesn’t get said often enough: Obama care LOWERS THE COST OF HEALTHCARE to our economy and does more as it continues.

      If we could get rid of the anti-Obama KNEEJERK opposition of the Pukes, Death Panels could even save a whole bunch more.

      Government and Society really can work. You just have to ignore/isolate/ridicule the anti-science, low information, dumb as shit, right wing religious base of the Puke Party.

      Heh, heh!

    • MikeN says:

      Illogical to the extreme. They don’t have to provide health care to their workers. They do so because of quirks in the tax code that makes it a benefit to them. Health care provided by the government is not free, and is likely to be more expensive. So we have to then charge higher taxes to pay for it.

      • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

        Its likely to be more expensive because every government on earth that provides it does so at a cheaper cost.

        Republican Math? ……. or just the ravings of a lunatic LIEberTARD?

        Fair and Balanced: you decide.

      • Rick says:

        Government insurance is never more expensive because there’s no profit motive and it mandates streamlined billing practices through its in-house form and payment systems which providers MUST adhere to.

        This is why private insurance has worked very hard to keep a public option away from the people because they know it will always be more inexpensive for the same coverage.

  2. deowll says:

    Oh yeah while the Bush wars have cost plenty the Libya thing hasn’t been real cheap either. We are still in Afghanistan. Come to that we have a fabulously expensive embassy in Iraq with, I’ve read, something like 8,000 people working out of it.

  3. deowll says:

    He’s donating more than I do but maybe some of you are doing better. Read this and see: http://washingtonexaminer.com/taxes-charity-cost-romney-57.9-percent-of-income/article/2510746#.UHyKZoaAZ8G

  4. Rick says:

    Obama did us a disservice by pushing the mandatory insurance, when he should have steamrolled the public option.

    I would have signed up in a flash the moment it was available. The last thing I want to do is send my monthly payment to a for-profit industry thats committed to making sure they deny my claims.