Israel has had universal health care, which includes a mandate for everyone to purchase health insurance, since 1995. This is what Romney said to an Israeli audience:
“Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the G.D.P. in Israel? Eight percent. You spend eight percent of G.D.P. on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our G.D.P. on health care, 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, compare that with the size of our military — our military which is 4 percent, 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of G.D.P. 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.”
There you have it — straight from the horse’s ass’s mouth.
Let’s hope somebody will ask Romney about this during the presidential debates.
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