Mitt Romney is still trying to dig himself out of a major hole after his infamous 47% remark. Yesterday the Republican presidential candidate touted “Romneycare” which he enacted when he was governor of Massachusetts as proof that he really does care about the other half of the American people. But his stance on healthcare is getting confusing–and it’s infuriating some even more.
In an interview with NBC News, Romney referenced a law he enacted that he say proves he is for those 47%:
I think throughout this campaign as well, we talked about my record in Massachusetts, don’t forget–I got everybody in my state insured. One hundred percent of the kids in our state had health insurance. I don’t think there’s anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record.
One hundred percent of adults and kids insured is something to brag about, except for the fact that this is not his plan if he becomes president. Romney is the one who wants to reverse Obamacare. And he has repeatedly said that what worked in Massachusetts won’t necessarily work in other states. So then why is he bragging about a law that he won’t broaden for everyone if he were to become president?
In another confusing statement, during a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, Scott Pelley asked Romney if the government has a responsibility to provide health care to the fifty million Americans who don’t have it today.
Romney responded by saying yes–and no:
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 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.
Emergency rooms should never be used as a dumping ground for the uninsured. They don’t exist to replace someone’s primary care physician and routine checkups, screenings and care. Of course someone having a heart attack should be taken to the ER, but forgoing the routine care for the uninsured and saying we have emergency rooms available for them if something happens is backwards thinking. This type of stance does not cover health care for everyone. It would overwhelm hospitals and ultimately bankrupt them.
Romney would have done better to say, You know what? What I did in Massachusetts worked so well that I want to see how I can take this and expand it to all states. We may need to be flexible and make some adjustments based on the needs of each state, but the overall idea is to get 100% of the country on insurance.
But he didn’t.
One might think that, in a roundabout way, Romney is saying Obama actually has more empathy about the American people because he does want this for everyone.
What do you think?