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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mitt Romney: “We Don’t Have People Who Die Because They Don’t Have Health Insurance”

Yes, he really did say this.  Yesterday Mitt Romney told the Columbus Dispatch:

“We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack.’  No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital.  We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”

When he says the word “people,” maybe he means fellow executives and yacht club members.  Nobody else counts, right?

The actual number of people who die every year from lack of health coverage — we’re now leaving RomneyWorld and returning to physical reality — is anywhere from 26,000 to 45,000.  Google it.

This should be the last straw.  Does ANYBODY seriously want this sheltered bubble-dwelling Idiot Savant to be the next President of the United States???


Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

This is proof, as if any more were needed, that electing an ignoramus president is downright dangerous. Romney should have to spend a year of his life pushing burgers and fries across a counter or working at a car wash for a living, with no access to any other money or assets. Rent a room, buy and maintain his clothes and shoes, try to feed himself. Walk or ride a bus to and from work in all kinds of weather. And God help him if he gets really sick or injured.

Yes, many people do get taken care of as Romney says. But too often the care is disjointed, incomplete and there's no adequate follow-up. And for all that, it's horrendously expensive. Then, there are those who for various reasons don't get the treatment at all, or get a lick and a promise, and then die. It happens.

Romney has at least three college degrees and made a fortune in business. Yet, he is a grossly ignorant man. That is dangerous. Just ask those who lost loved ones in the aftermath of Katrina, or in an unnecessary war in Iraq.

October 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

High blood pressure is a perfect example. If you're able to have a regular doctor and get regular checkups they can see the numbers are high and prescribe the necessary medication to get it under control. If you can't get insurance and don't see a regular doctor, the problem doesn't get treated and you end up having a stroke or a heart attack.

October 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Yeah coz we all know, there are chemo clinics set up in ERs all over the country helping people with cancer. This guy makes my stomach churn, oh and not in a good way I might add.

October 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

jim, many people, especially poor people and especially African Americans, suffer from meatbolic syndrome. This perfect storm of bad developments includes overweight, particularly around the middle, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or hyperlipidemia and typically precedes a serious case of adult-onset diabetes. Left untreated it's a life shortener, even a killer. It's insidious, coming on over several years. Many people just pass the signs of it as part of nearing or reaching middle age. That makes it all the more dangerous.

Metabolic syndrome can be turned back. But doing so requires a lot of explanation and a lof of encouragement to change long-held habits along with medical treatment. Success also absolutely requires regular follow up visits with a qualified primary care provider. Without that, you get backsliding and eventually serious heart and circulatory disease, too often leading to early death.

None of what's needed for millions of people who have or will get into metabolic syndrome is properly handled by any emergency room in the country. They're not set up for that, and they shouldn't be. What ER's get is the untreated metabolic syndrome people when they've had a stroke or a life-threatening cardiac event.

Like I said, Romney is ignorant and dangerous. Part of the Obamacare he intends to get rid of is focused like a laser on making preventive care available to millions more metabolic syndrome folks. That will ultimately save grief, lives and money, if voters will just prevent Gov. Very Severe Conservative from screwing it up so he can win votes from equally ignorant and selfish idiots.

October 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: But Romney lived in the mean streets of Paris when he was a Mormon Missionary. Doesn't that count :)

In addition to the people who die every year from lack of health coverage, thousands more go bankrupt and/or lose their homes because of medical bills. So much for Romney's dream-world "and it's paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital."

I can't believe somebody this clueless and ignorant is actually this close to the White House.

Jim: Very good point. Preventive medicine is so much cheaper and more effective, and that's exactly what the ER doesn't provide. And as SW said, this is exactly what will be on the chopping block if Romney gets elected.

Jess: Or maybe, people who don't have health insurance have Todd Akin's famous "internal mechanism" to shut down cancer and any other pesky disease.

October 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM  

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