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  •  Actually, I don't see this as a gaffe (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, elwior

    he's using a heart attack as an example...if someone is having a heart attack, the emergency room is the way to go.  Heart attacks and trauma are exactly what the ER is there for. The Mittster's answer regarding expense in the clip, that it's up to the states to come up with their own ways of paying for stuff, isn't a gaffe so much as an evasion, one that most voters probably don't mind (or don't connect to their state's looming deficit).

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 06:36:28 AM PDT

    •  Well how about preventative care... (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Minnesota Deb

      So you don't have the heart attack in the first place?

      If I'm insured and feeling short of breath, and have other symptoms, I might go to the doctor and see what's wrong. He'll do tests and discover I have problems... maybe I'll get a stint, maybe a bypass, maybe just medication...

      If I'm not insured and have symptoms... I have to make a calculation. Maybe I convince myself it's nothing. Then, I actually have a heart attack and wind up in the ER with a pile of bills I can't pay.

      I think most voters get this, and do mind.

      Freedom isn't free. So quit whining and pay your taxes.

      by walk2live on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:07:00 AM PDT

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      •  Actually, I think a better criticism (1+ / 0-)
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        which I heard on the radio this morning, is that the person in Mitt's example, if uninsured and not eligible for Medicaid, is likely to wake up with a bill that will put him in debt for the rest of his life--just because the ER has to treat you, doesn't mean they have to do it for free. And, of course, if the person truly cannot pay, the cost ends up being factored into the hospital's cost and thus everyone's health insurance/ taxes. Mitt was actually quite persuasive arguing for "personal responsibility" as justification for the health insurance mandate (AKA Romneycare), before he became a born-again opponent of universal health insurance.

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 07:46:42 AM PDT

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