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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mitt Romney: “Obama’s is Longer Than Mine”

Mitt Romney is going to be tarred forever with Obamacare/Romneycare, no matter how much squirming and twisting and doubletalking he does.

In his latest squirmfest, Romney says his mandatory health insurance plan — when he was Governor of Massachusetts — is completely different from Obama’s health plan because “My bill was 70 pages. His is over 2,000.”

Also, I was wearing a blue shirt when I signed Romneycare into law, and it was raining. So there.

Romney also defended Romneycare by saying “we solved a serious need that existed in our state.”

Oh, and there wasn’t any “serious need” for Obama’s Affordable Care Act? Hmmm, I seem to remember something about tens of thousands of Americans dying every year from lack of medical care, jillions of people unable to get health coverage because of a pre-existing condition, countless others getting dropped by their HMOs when they had the nerve to get sick…

But it’s fun to watch Romney squirm and dance. He still thinks if he keeps on digging and digging, he’ll get out of that hole he’s dug himself into. Keep digging, Asshole.

In other news: Corporations can’t be put in prison, but their executives can. When it comes to health care fraud, federal agencies are going to start going after specific executives instead of some amorphous paper entity known as “the corporation.”

Pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, nursing home chains and any other company that deals with Medicare and Medicaid — the kid gloves are off. Instead of the corporation paying a pocket-change fine and then going about its business like nothing happened, individual executives will face criminal charges if they engage in health care fraud. Executives don’t even have to be personally involved in a fraud scheme. If they could have stopped the scheme if they had known about it, they do the perp walk.

Also, the guilty company can be banned from doing any further business with government health programs.

Health care fraud costs taxpayers $60 billion a year. Maybe this will put a dent in it.


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8 Comments:

Anonymous Jess said...

It's about damn time they go after some of these execs. Especially when you know they are billing Medicare monthly for those damn hoverrounds that probably only cost 500 retail as just one example. Imagine all the savings just there, with the stupid, need to get around ads, let's have Medicare settle it for you, you won't have to pay penny one to drag your tired teabagging ass to protests.

May 31, 2011 at 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this Republican screaming and demanding the administration do something about Medicare fraud (as they did nothing during their 8 years) They may get what they wished for:

Ever since I got on Medicare and have had to fight the HMO's, I have been put in touch with Senior Advocacy groups who help people navigate through the system and they all say the same thing. Forget these fake storefront overbilling in wheelchairs, the real rapist are the same Insurance Companies the Bush plan was designed to help in the first place. They are looting the Medicare funds in overcharging.

Erik

June 1, 2011 at 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

We really should have made it policy to put executives in jail for the misdeeds of their companies since the creation of the joint-stock corporation but better late than never.

June 1, 2011 at 5:31 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Riddle me this, Hippieman: if they're put in jail, how can they create jobs?

June 1, 2011 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I almost forgot about those Hoverround ads. Some channel I used to watch (for Hitchcock and Night Gallery reruns) had that annoying ad umpteen times a night. It was always some guy named Tom Cruise (no relation, I'm sure).

Erik: No doubt the HMOs and pharmaceutical companies are the real rapists. Hopefully Obama won't keep protecting them like Bush did.

Thomas: I agree, better late than never. I just hope they'll actually follow through with it.

Randal: If they're in jail, it'll be a different kind of trickle-down.

June 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

There's never a serious need when you've got Mitt Romney's money, whether you're talking about medical care or car repair.

The man has no integrity and should have no credibility with the public. Follow his political career and you'll find he's got more sides to an issue than a geodesic dome.

June 1, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: "More sides to an issue than a geodesic dome" -- perfect description. We'll have to make sure the voters get that message if Romney ever appears even close to getting nominated.

June 1, 2011 at 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's simply a prick, nobody likes him anyway.

June 2, 2011 at 9:37 AM  

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