WASHINGTON — Downplaying the need for the government to ensure that every person has health insurance, Mitt Romney on Sunday suggested that emergency room care suffices as a substitute for the uninsured.
“Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance,” he said in an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night. “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.”
This constitutes a dramatic reversal in position for Romney, who passed a universal health care law in Massachusetts, in part, to eliminate the costs incurred when the uninsured show up in emergency rooms for care. Indeed, in both his book and in high-profile interviews during the campaign, Romney has touted his achievement in stamping out these inefficiencies while arguing that the same thing should be done at the national level.
And while Romney refused to agree on Sunday that the government’s role is to ensure that every American has health care, he has endorsed such an idea in the past.
When asked in a March 2010 interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” whether he believes in universal coverage, Romney said, “Oh, sure.”
“Look, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for us to have millions and millions of people who have no health insurance and yet who can go to the emergency room and get entirely free care for which they have no responsibility, particularly if they are people who have sufficient means to pay their own way,” he said. [source]
A few years ago I had repeated chest pain scares that were more psychological than they were physical.
See it was right after my mother passed away of a heart attack, that I began having serious anxiety attacks, panic attacks, depression so on so forth. During all of this, I fought through repeated horrific scares of also dying from a heart attack which caused me to run to the ER about thrice in a 24 month span. Each one of those visits racked up costs of about $5000 in total care which included tests, stress tests, MRI, EKG, Bloodwork etc etc. Now it wasn’t until my own health coverage changed and made me liable for a very large deductible that I stopped seeking treatment for these scares, as it is amazing what you will work through when you have to pay for it yourself. This ordeal made me understand WHY companies want to adjust their health coverage because when a person isn’t the one liable for the payments, they will get every unnecessary test under the sun to ease their minds, whereas if they are the ones who are responsible for the bill, their approach is much different.
I will absolute aknowledge this.
But then there is the story of a gentleman my Cardiologist told me about. Who was having minor chest pains for the 3rd time who decided he was NOT about to spend another $4000 on an ER visit for his chest pains that kept turning out to be nothing.
Well this time it WAS something.
and he died of a heart attack.
He died over $4000.
I’m sorry Mr ROmney but for persons whom are already cash strapped and can’t afford the expense, Many will try to work and suffer through issues rather than go to the ER….and many die from it.
I’m not saying all healthcare needs to be free but in the so-called greatest country on earth, there should be a better way.
One day of military operations could help fund quite a bit of damn health care for the American people…..just saying.
” We got money for War but can’t feed the poor” – 2pac.