Managing Our Health Care

July 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

“When our health care costs are completely out of control. Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? 8 percent. You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care. And you’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care. 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, let me compare that with the size of our military. Our military budget is 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways, not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to finally manage our health care cost

  • Mitt Romney, July 30, 2012
  • Source: New York Times
  • Context: Romney praised Israel’s health care system at his fundraising event in Jerusalem, which among other things, includes an individual mandate. Although Romney’s healthcare reform law in Massachusetts also contains an individual mandate, and was later adopted by the federal government with his insistence (see here, here, and here), he has since come out against it. In this instance, he is caught, once again, of praising the very system he is now running against as the Republican presidential candidate. Buzzfeed has also compiled a list of other benefits that come with the Israeli health care system.

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