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Obama Campaign Hits Romney on Suggestion Uninsured People Should Get Care at the Emergency Room: VIDEO


Mitt Romney suggested in a recent interview that uninsured people should seek care at the ER. The Obama campaign is now out with a new ad, proving once again that for any idiotic statement Romney makes there's another one he's made contradicting it.


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  1. It's wrong to say this is R'money's health-care plan; he has NO plan. The man is egregiously unprepared for high office. He is an embarrassment to the GOP.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Sep 25, 2012 10:54:46 AM

  2. The word is out!

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 25, 2012 10:55:26 AM

  3. I've heard that argument from Republicans before and it's about the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Does he think that going to the ER is FREE, that you don't get a bill from the hospital?! And ERs only treat emergencies (hence EMERGENCY Room), do nothing for chronic illnesses that need maintenance so they don't BECOME emergencies.

    The heart attack he uses as an example might well have been prevented if the patient had been monitored, prescribed blood pressure medication or whatever else is needed. That type of health care is less expensive than the ER crisis treatment in the long run, so puts less of a financial burden of the patient AND the hospital if the bill isn't paid.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 25, 2012 11:07:30 AM

  4. @CALIBAN: exactly. Universal health care means prevantative medicine, which is why Canadians live longer than Americans.

    It's also why we have a first-world infant mortality rate (free prenatal checkups) and the U.S. has a third-world one.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Sep 25, 2012 11:21:27 AM

  5. This is Romney's "ketchup is a vegetable" moment and we all know what happened to the original author of that line...cukoo cukoo

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Sep 25, 2012 11:33:18 AM

  6. Maybe Romney could put the uninsured on airplanes that have windows you can roll down?

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 25, 2012 11:45:38 AM

  7. ok...how much money is an uninsured woman looking to pay if she has a baby delivered in a hospital?

    just curious. because, you know, perhaps in a country where delivering a baby in a hospital doesn't cost a lot of money fewer women would choose to terminate a pregnancy. you know, because the GOP is all anti-abortion, or something. and would want fewer abortions. but not by making it easier to choose not to terminate, eh?


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 25, 2012 12:22:52 PM

  8. I thought that ERs only have to stabilize a patient.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 25, 2012 12:50:43 PM

  9. So Mitt, if a woman needs a mammogram she should just show up at an emergency room and they'll do it for free? I don't think so. Now if she's lucky there might be a Planned Parenthood near her that will provide the screening, unless you're elected and de-fund them like you promised (after previously donating money to them).

    Posted by: e.c. | Sep 25, 2012 1:03:12 PM

  10. as a canuck, i don't know what else to say. the lies americans are told about our healthcare system are appallingly inaccurate.

    is it perfect? no. but damnit if it doesn't get the job done.

    a good friend of mine in the US lost his brother to cancer years ago. every year his family has a fundraiser in his honour. mistakenly, i thought the point was to raise fund for cancer research. wrong. it's to raise money so that other families whose children develop cancer can pay for the treatments.

    realizing that.... was the most galling affront to everything about human decency that i've been raised with.

    you can forget this being a "Christian Nation" - what, Christian only when it comes to using the government to institutionalize hate against gays and muslims but not about helping those who need help? puke.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 25, 2012 1:03:28 PM

  11. No EC, they wouldn't do a thing for her. But if she shows up with end-stage breast cancer, they'd probably admit her for some pain management.

    If Mitt gets elected (shudder) and defunds PP, we'll see a lot more of that scenario.

    Posted by: Laura | Sep 25, 2012 2:55:04 PM

  12. How long have the anti-gay Christians been working with the anti-gay psychiatrist?

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 25, 2012 6:41:23 PM

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