“Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has vowed to repeal the health care law entirely if he’s elected. In America, Romney has said, we don’t let people die in the street simply because they lack health insurance: Hospitals are there to care for the uninsured.”
My thoughts on Mitt Romney’s remarks:
How can a Governor, or any public figure, be so out of touch with the lives of millions of Americans? The rising cost of health care is an avalanche threatening to destroy the entire infrastructure of our lives. Most of us are vulnerable.
Many of us who are not sick, live in fear we will become sick because we are uninsured or we understand having health care insurance DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE INSURED. We get that we still have to pick up the tab for a portion of the medical bills. We all know the insurance companies are infamous for trying to get themselves off the hook and trying to deny us the services our insurance should cover and that our doctors recommend.
I also wonder why so many Americans who are potentially a disease away from financial ruin, would support a candidate who is so out of touch with the financial realities of most Americans. Has Romney been living in his alternate reality for so very long, he no longer has a clue about real life in America? While his family doesn’t even need health insurance–they can pay out pocket for all health care costs– they have the best health care insurance in the world.
A few years ago, one of my friends had pancreatic cancer. She had $50,000 in savings and thought she had great health care insurance provided by her company with Blue Cross Blue Shield. After her surgery and an extended stay in the hospital, she went to the billing department to pay her bill. She was handed a bill for $600,000 dollars. At this point, the shock just about put her back in a hospital bed.
Now, she had to face the reality that she had survived a very dangerous surgery and a grueling recovery just to deal with the financial realities of the American Health Care System. She was now unemployed, and therefore, no longer had ANY health insurance. Of course, before Obama Care (horrors of horrors!), insurance companies had the right to deny you coverage if you’d been sick. They would only insure the healthy. That was their right. But Mitt Romney doesn’t like Obama Care, he likes health care insurance companies who are free to price gouge and play God with your life. So, Mitt would, in his very first minute as President, repeal the evil Obama Care and go back to the status quo that worships a “free market.” Unfortunately the market is not really FREE–it’s very expensive when it comes to purchasing health care and health insurance. Our market is free, of course, to play Russian roulette with your life and your health.
So now, my friend is currently employed and has insurance. However, with the deductibles, the co-pays, and the limitations on what insurance will cover, the financial issues are horrific. Hospitals are trying to “get theirs,” while she is forced to face on-going health issues related to her illness.
Has Mitt Romney or any of his family ever been one day without health insurance or access to the best medical care in the world? I would love to see Mitt Romney waiting in line at the emergency room of his hospital without health insurance. Would he still have the nerve to say?
“We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack…No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital.”
Romney said in an interview with The Columbus Dispatch on Oct. 11.