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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.

Again, you’re asking me questions that are not about what this election is going to be about. This election is going to be about the economy and jobs.

Ann Romney, when asked if employer-provided health insurance should be required to cover birth control (via apsies)

Oh man.

(via think-progress)

Remember, she loooooooooves women!

(via think-progress)

Heal me with gold - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!



So what’s so great about the fact that birth control is now available at no cost to women through health insurance plans? The Guttmacher Institute breaks it down in this video.

A must-read to the end.


I am a South African, by birth and citizenship. I’ve been in the United States nearly three decades, but my language, culture, and family are all South African. I am an immigrant working in high-technology entrepreneurship. I have created a dozen jobs, and intend to create as many more as possible in the coming months and years. My maternal grandmother, Rosyln Peteni, is a nonagenarian: she is in her nineties. She was born and raised in South Africa, where she saw World War II from afar, the institutionalization of Apartheid, the decolonization of nearly an entire continent, and the eventual liberation of her own people, led by her late husband’s old classmate, Nelson Mandela. In her words, she cried, and ever cried, when her baby girl married ‘that activist refugee’ in Botswana, because what were they ever going to do? Would they be safe? She tells and often retells the most interesting stories I’ve ever heard. I call her Makhulu. I’m happy she’s alive.

Earlier this year, Makhulu expressed interest to my uncle in coming to the United States to visit - and stay - with her baby girl, my mother. A few weeks later, she hopped on a plane for a trip around the world, landing in Andover, Massachusetts, where my family lives. Makhulu is sprightly and spry. She follows the national polls closely, worrying that Romney will defeat Obama in November, but acknowledging that anyone is better than Palin. Her tennis fandom is real and delightful. On her way to the hospital, she insisted above all, that we tape the quarter- and semifinals of Wimbledon, in case she made it back. She wanted to watch Serena. The week of July 4th, Makhulu had a heart attack. Getting new health insurance for a nonagenarian is almost comedic folly: not worth it. But it came with real risks. She isn’t American, after all.

I arrived late on July 4th on a flight from San Francisco, harried and heavy of heart. The doctors were amazed that she had survived, and transferred her from the emergency room to the ICU for further monitoring. Soon, the attending physician came to give us our options. He said we could do a catheterization, an invasive surgery which runs in the tens of thousands of dollars. I was soon to find out that MassHealth, the universal health care program in Massachusetts, included coverage for family members who were visiting Massachusetts residents, citizens or not. My grandmother got what she describes as “the best care she had ever received in her life”, and from “the nicest white people in the world,” no less. She was comprehensively treated, and returned home in time to watch Serena win singles and doubles in the same day. She was happy for Serena, and to be alive. We paid a co-pay, and for prescription medicine. Massachusetts, in our weakness and helpless mortality, gave us a chance. 

That Fourth of July is my most memorable to date. The United States saved my grandmother, even though there was nothing in it for them besides level-headed compassion for its citizens, and their loved ones. And the great irony of the evening fell upon me when I realized that this MassHealth law, a federal version of which is under fierce debate, was invented and deployed by the very man who campaigns against it on the national stage. It is efficient, compassionate, carefully written and wisely deployed. Thank you, Mr. Romney. And by God, America!! — lets do our part for Obamacare.


Erica was 26 and without health insurance when she fell into a coma. Here’s what happened next.

(via fascinasians)


  • DEMOCRATS:  Yes please, let’s provide affordable health insurance to an additional 30 million people who might otherwise have no access to some semblance of quality care.
  • REPUBLICANS:   No, please don’t.
  • DEMOCRATS:  But it’s the right thing to d—
  • REPUBLICANS:   No, it’s okay.  The insurance companies say so.  And I’m sure those 30 million people will find coverage somehow.
  • DEMOCRATS:   What a bunch of BS.
  • REPUBLICANS:   No really, they will.  Besides they’ve gone this long without health insurance.  Why do they need it now?
  • DEMOCRATS:  You know, just in case they get steamrolled by conservatives who don’t seem to give a squat about the health and welfare of their fellow Americans.
  • REPUBLICANS:  Nah, that would never happen.  Excuse me for a minute, I have to go make sure my corporations continue to receive billions of dollars in tax breaks.
  • DEMOCRATS:  So just to be sure — if we were in, say, Massachusetts, you’d be okay with universal healthcare, right? 
  • REPUBLICANS:   No no, that’s just Romney.
  • DEMOCRATS:  You mean Mitt Romney, your presidential candidate?
  • REPUBLICANS:   Yeah, that’s him.
  • DEMOCRATS:   Let me ask you a question: when’s the last time you saw a doctor?  Because I think you need meds.  Meds that make you sympathetic to the plight and hardships of others.
  • REPUBLICANS:  But I already have a prescription for that.  It’s called pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps.
  • DEMOCRATS:  You’re an idiot.
  • REPUBLICANS:   But a rich one!


Some 3.1 million young adults have health insurance as a result of the health care reform law, according to new figures released Tuesday by the Obama administration.

That’s up from 2.5 million in December 2011, a similar report found then.

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Erica’s health care story: The Affordable Care Act gave her coverage “when nobody else would” through the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan. She was able to get the surgery and rehab treatment she needed, and she’s doing okay now.

What’s your health care story?

From NPR:

Here are just a few of the questions a complete declaration of unconstitutionality might raise:

  • Five million seniors have gotten rebates for their prescription drugs. More than 360,000 small businesses are getting tax credits for providing health insurance to their workers. Will all these people have to give that money back?
  • Almost every state, including many that have sued to block the health law, has received millions of dollars to start planning to put the law into effect. Will they have to give that money back? And will people in those states being paid with those dollars lose their jobs?
  • About 50,000 people are enrolled in temporary “Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans” for those who were previously uninsured for at least six months. If the law is declared invalid, that program would very likely have to shut down in fairly short order, leaving those people once again uninsured.
  • There is also some reason to think the law’s disruption could interfere with the operations of the Medicare program for the elderly. The health law made a lot of changes to the way Medicare works and pays doctors and hospitals and health plans. The regulations spelling out this year’s payment rates were based on the health law being in place. So if the law is struck down, there’s a possibility that Medicare couldn’t pay any claims until officials go back through the entire rule-making process — which, by law, takes several months.
  • In some cases the federal government would simply lose the ability to enforce rules. So things that are now required would simply become options. For example: The 2.5 million young people on their parents’ health plans are covered by insurance contracts. They’re probably OK, at least until the end of the plan year, although the federal law requiring that coverage would cease to be in effect. That would be the same for most of the insurance changes, such as restrictions on annual limits insurance companies can impose. But if the law is struck down, after the plan year ends, insurers would be free to reimpose the old rules.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million more young adults have health insurance—and if they get sick or have a serious health condition, they can keep their coverage.


Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million more young adults have health insurance—and if they get sick or have a serious health condition, they can keep their coverage.


Maybe a tragedy like the death of a feckless twentysomething is inevitable if we are to restrain healthcare costs. But it is still a tragedy. It is not something a decent person cheers. Similarly the execution of hundreds, while perhaps defensible politically and even morally (although I differ), is nonetheless a brutal, awful business. You don’t delight in it.

"The question seems to be how little can we fund and still have a system," Dr. Jane Rider, a past president of the Texas Pediatric Society, told the Times, which enumerated the many flaws in Texas’ woefully inadequate system. Here are just a few:

  • When incomes are taken into account, health insurance is less affordable in Texas than anywhere else in the country except Mississippi.
  • Infant mortality has risen in Texas over the past decade, while the rate has fallen nationwide.
  • Nearly 20% of senior citizens return to the hospital within a month of being released, among the highest rates in the country.
  • Nearly 33% of children didn’t get an annual physical and teeth cleaning in 2007, ranking the state 40th in that category.
  • Texas has the fewest physicians per capita of any state in the union, and it has cut funding for training new physicians by more than half over the past decade.