Joe Vardon, Darrell Rowland, and Joe Hallett, writing for the Columbus Dispatch have an article entitled Romney in Central Ohio | Health care called ‘choice’. Among other things, Mr. Romney says this:
Romney minimized the harm for Americans left without health insurance.
“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,’??” he said as he offered more hints as to what he would put in place of “Obamacare,” which he has pledged to repeal.
“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. We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”
Maybe sometimes. But lots and lots of times, it’s paid for by collection agencies dragging you into court, freezing your bank accounts, and attempting to garnish your wages. I know because I’ve been the attorney working for those collection agencies on thousands of cases. I don’t apologize for it or feel bad – the people who provide services are entitled to be paid. But let’s not gloss over the fact that it’s a pretty awful process for the people who received the services. It’s not like they were, in most cases, frivolous. I’m not collecting against them because they bought a big screen TV or a fancy car. They got sick, and they went to the hospital.
And, it’s horribly inefficient. Getting treatment only after you’re sick enough to go to the ER is like not working to make sure houses have fire extinguishers because, after all, they can call the fire department. This pretty much guarantees that the house is going to be a lot more damaged than it needed to be; and the fire department visits are more expensive to the government than providing the fire extinguishers would have been.
Romney’s position in this matter is uninformed and unnecessarily destructive.