"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.”
So there it is. The One Percenters' solution to people who don't have insurance: Go to the emergency room, and that'll take care of your medical needs and condition.
(Somewhere on the intertubes, there is a video from 2010 where Governor Romney says EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE of what he claimed on 60 Minutes. Isn't there ALWAYS some video of Willard contradicting himself every 20 minutes?)
Anyway, here is Willard in 2007 saying sending people to the emergency room for health care is a form of socialism [via daily kos]:
Mitt Romney, 2007:
[I]n a 2007 interview with Glenn Beck, Romney called the fact that people without insurance were able to get "free care" in emergency rooms "a form of socialism.""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," he said at the time. "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."
What he stated on 60 Minutes is about the stupidest Mr. Romney could possibly say, since he knows that is not an acceptable way to take care of uninsured citizens. Yet he suggested this as a way to take care of the uninsured: Send them to the emergency room--the MOST expensive way of treating people without insurance, and in his own words: SOCIALISM!
A man who changes his mind as often as Willard changes his can't keep track of what his position is or has been on key issues. That's why in 2007 he stated emergency room health care is socialism, but last night he offered it up as a solution for people who have no insurance.
Mr. Romney knows better. Yet he is so frightened to talk about Romneycare and how he solved the problem of uninsureds in Massachusetts--so frightened of the GOP's rabid base---that he turned himself into a caricature of a cluess melonhead in order to avoid discussing his own solution to the millions of uninsureds in this country.
He's a man without core principles, ready to debase himself for votes.