I’m sure this has been covered more thoroughly, eloquently, and learnedly elsewhere, but how the hell can Romney say this with a straight face:
In the 60 Minutes interview, Romney protested the idea that government doesn’t already provide health care to the uninsured: “Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance,” he said. “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.”
So no mammograms, but once the cancer has metastasized to your lungs and you stop breathing, an ambulance will take you to the emergency room.
No dialysis, but when your kidneys fail, an ambulance will take you to the emergency room.
No annual physical, but when you have a heart attack, the ambulance is ready!
This isn’t about those grabby poor people Romney has clearly written off. It’s about people who are too rich for Medicaid but too poor to buy their own health insurance. And THAT category includes many hourly workers, independent contractors, and people who are starting their own businesses. Future job creators rather than current job destroyers.
And how on earth is his plan pro-life? Seriously — you can defend this approach on doctrinaire libertarian grounds, but how can you square it with the position that life is sacred and that the government has a legitimate role in protecting it?