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"Well, we do provide care for people who don't have insurance. 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."
Mitt Romney in an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS's "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday night
Contradiction ~ Etch-A-Sketch 2010
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.
~ Mitt Romney in March 2010 on Morning Joe
And . . . Flip-Flop 2007
When they show up at the hospital, they get care. They get free care paid for by you and me. If that's not a form of socialism, I don't know what is. So my plan did something quite different. It said, you know what? If people can afford to buy insurance ... or if they can pay their own way, then they either buy that insurance or pay their own way, but they no longer look to government to hand out free care. And that, in my opinion, is ultimate conservativism.
~ Mitt on the Glenn Beck Show, 2007
The immediate goal is to make sure there are more people on private insurance plans. I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room.
~ George W. Bush, 2007, via Eclectablog
Mitt's surgeon general would be Theodoric of York.
~ comment by whatthel on Huff Post
His platform is like the melting Artic Ice sheets.
He doesn't know where to stand.
~ comment by RPM9500 on Huff Post
There is no way to revive this guy's campaign. Don't even bother with the paddles.
~ comment by abbienormal on Huff Post
Since Republicans hate government we can barter for their service - pay them in corn and chickens.
~ comment by Stuzzadelic on Huff Post
Did Bain form a new company that specializes in patient dumping?
/under the cover of darkness of course.
~ comment by Neets101 on Huff Post
Go to the emergency room.
Receive treatment you cannot afford.
Lose your job because you are too sick to work, lose your home because you lost your job, lose everything because you had no insurance to pay for your healthcare costs,.....
We've seen this horror film before, but Mitt paid no attention.
~ comment by demisfine on Huff Post
Speaking of botched interviews .... Romney's campaign is now officially in an ambulance, on the way to the Emergency Room.
~ comment by DerBlaueEngel on Washington Post
Might as well redirect people to the morgue. Cut out the middle man.
~ comment by washpost45 on Washington Post
Let Them Eat Emergency Rooms
~ Headline on Gawker
No Health Insurance? No problem. Romney Says That Freeloading In The ER Is Now All Good
~ Headline on Forbes
I'll simply state the obvious... ER visits are reactive, not preventive. When I can walk into an ER and pick up blood pressure or cholesterol meds which could PREVENT that hypothetical heart attack, that's when I'll consider the ER a form a socialized health care.
~ comment by Buford on AmericaBlog
"Don't worry, peasants! There will be hospitals there to treat you while you're dying of something that could have been prevented."
~ comment by leftistmenace_1 on Daily Beast
Let me tell you what happens when the uninsured to to the emergency room. You get a bill for somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000....then when you can't pay the ridiculous amount they have charged you....you get harassed for years by a collection agency. Sometimes...you get two bills...one from the local hospital and another from their parent company. I know someone this has happened to. It's a sad and dangerous situation.
Romney doesn't get it......just doesn't.
~ comment by Marmee on Daily Beast
Now we have heard it from the horse mouth himself. Romney Ryan and Republican House Party want to treat the 47% like "LIVESTOCK". Take away our healthcare "OBAMACARE" for "romneyDIEcare". Wake-up PEOPLES Romney only vision $$$$$$$$$$$$$ look he came straight for our money our health we worth alot to him and his 1% BROKE = DEATH
~ comment by LawannaSauls on Daily Beast
Does this mean that on day one of his presidency, when he repeals the Obama Affordable Care Act (as he promises to do) that ER's all over the country will happily fling open their doors to everyone with a vaginal infection, the hives, an earache, the flu, mild dizziness and other every-day type medical concerns?
He comes out with a reasonable, workable health care plan in Massachusetts, but 'ER's-IN-A-BOX' is the best he can do for a whole country?
~ Jane Massey in The Virginian-Pilot
UPDATE: If you don't have health insurance, Mitt Romney suggests you go to the ER. And then: bankruptcy court.
— Disalmanac (@Disalmanac) September 24, 2012
I bet y'all $10K Mitt Romney has never seen the inside of a large hospital's ER.
— Lisa P. Smith (@lpsrocks) September 24, 2012
Some intrepid reporter needs to ask Mitt Romney if he really believes an ER would treat cancer, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, etc.
— Jason Febery (@JasonFebery) September 24, 2012
So Mitt Romney says people without insurance can get medical care in ER and Clinics. Who pays for that, moron? @mittromney
— Crutnacker (@Crutnacker) September 24, 2012
Thanks to Mitt, kids w/special needs can now get treatment by walking over to the ER. They just need to get hit by a bus on the way #p2 #aca
— Sadistic Statist (@TheXclass) September 24, 2012
By election day there won't be anything left of him~Romney Cites Emergency Room As Health Care Option For Uninsured huff.to/SfegNA
— James Morrison (@JamesPMorrison) September 24, 2012
I'm dying of cancer and I don't have health insurance. But thank goodness Mitt Romney gave me "freedom."
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 24, 2012
Romney now advocating position he formerly referred to as socialist. huff.to/PeaqFC
— Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) September 24, 2012