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Friday, October 12, 2012

'Romney Sticks to Ridiculous Emergency-Room Argument'

In case you missed Romney's 'they can always go to emergency rooms argument,' here's Steve Benen:

Romney sticks to ridiculous emergency-room argument, by Steve Benen: Just three weeks ago, CBS's Scott Pelley asked Mitt Romney, "Does the government have a responsibility to provide health care to the 50 million Americans who don't have it today?" The Republican didn't answer the question directly, but instead suggested there's no cause for alarm -- the uninsured can rely on emergency rooms.

The exchange was widely panned for being both callous and ignorant, and yet, as Rebecca Leber noted, Romney apparently can't help himself. ...

Sigh. It's disconcerting to see Romney stick to such a ridiculous position, but my greater fear is that the Republican candidate actually believes what he's saying. ...[W]e know exactly why he keeps talking like this: under his approach, the number of Americans without health insurance will soar. ...

Romney's argument isn't a responsible approach to American health care in the 21st century; Romney's argument is ridiculous.

    Posted by on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 01:26 PM in Economics, Health Care, Politics | Permalink  Comments (36)


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