Monday, July 30, 2012

Romney praises Israel's socialist universal single payer health care system

I bet there are some Republican heads exploding over this one: Mitt Romney has gone on the record praising Israel's socialist universal single payer health care system!
Romney’s point about Israel’s success in controlling health care costs is spot on: Its health care system has seen health care costs grow much slower than other industrialized nations.

How it has gotten there, however, may not be to the Republican candidate’s liking: Israel regulates its health care system aggressively, requiring all residents to carry insurance and capping revenue for various parts of the country’s health care system.

Israel created a national health care system in 1995, largely funded through payroll and general tax revenue. The government provides all citizens with health insurance: They get to pick from one of four competing, nonprofit plans. Those insurance plans have to accept all customers—including people with pre-existing conditions—and provide residents with a broad set of government-mandated benefits.
This story illustrates the degree to which Mitt Romney is a liar and a panderer who will say anything to the crowd that is in front of him without regard to any consistent set of beliefs. In the United States Romney attacks the Affordable Care Act--which is based on Romney's own healthcare plan from his time as governor of Massachusetts--and then goes to Israel and praises their universal single payer health care system, which is pretty much text book socialism folks.

Read the rest of the story here.

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