Now Mitt Romney Thinks Emergency Rooms Are Sufficient for General Health Care
How out of touch can Mitt Romney be? That’s the question we’re left with after his recent 60 Minutes interview.
During the conversation with CBS anchor Scott Pelley, Romney played down the need for government to make sure that every person has health insurance. In fact, according to Romney, we already provide care to those who don’t have insurance.
"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.”
There’s a big difference between going to the emergency room and receiving regular checkups and preventive health care, and we think the more than 30 million Americans who would be otherwise uninsured, if not for Obamacare, would be inclined to agree.
But it got worse: Pelley rightly pointed out that emergency room care is the most expensive form of health care. Governor Romney’s new stance completely ignores how promoting preventive health care actually can reduce the cost of care.
In contrast, President Obama understands the health and economic challenges Americans face — and has fought to address them. That’s why he worked so hard to pass the Affordable Care Act, which has already provided more than 45 million women access to preventive care without a co-pay. It’s the greatest advancement for women’s health in a generation, providing women with the care they need without fear of discrimination or higher premiums simply because of their gender.
Access to affordable health insurance became more accessible for young women and men under the age of 26 who no longer need to worry about being dropped from their health care plan after graduating, and nearly 13 million women of reproductive age will be newly eligible for insurance coverage. The contrast between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama couldn’t be starker.
We’re already seeing a measurable impact of the Affordable Care Act — with more than 3.6 million people newly insured in the past year and the costs of health care decreasing — but Mitt Romney doesn’t care. He wants to take all this progress away. There’s a lot at stake in this election — and we cannot afford to see what a Romney presidency would look like.