No One Dies Because Of Lack Of Insurance

October 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

“We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”

  • Mitt Romney, October 11, 2012
  • Source: Columbus Dispatch
  • Context: Discussing healthcare reform and repealing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare or Romneycare), Mitt Romney claimed that people do not die because of a lack of health insurance. However, in September of 2011, ABC published a story on a 24 year old man who died because of a tooth infection which he could not get treated due to lack of insurance (also see the case of Andrew Urban) . A Harvard study has also linked a lack of insurance in the United State to 45,000 deaths a year.

A Number Of Things I Like In Health Care Reform

September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course, there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place.”

Legitimate Rape

August 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

  • Todd Akin, Republican Congressman from Missouri, August 19, 2012
  • Source: Fox2Now St. Louis (video)
  • Context: Todd Akin is vehemently anti-abortion, and this has shown in his voting record. He is currently running for a seat on the Senate in Missouri.

Stop This!

August 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

On August 14, 2012, Soledad O’Brien interviewed Romney surrogate John Sununu on Starting Point:

During the interview, Sununu repeated the false Republican talking point that Obama’s Affordable Care Act cuts $700 billion from Medicare spending. The Affordable Care Act does not cut any benefits or services from Medicare, nor does it take any money from the program. Soledad O’Brien clarified that this is not the case, but Sununu insisted, and went as far as accusing O’Brien of being a mouth piece for the White House:

“Soledad, stop this! All you’re doing is mimicking the stuff that comes out of the White House and gets repeated on the Democratic blog boards out there. If you’re going to mouth what comes out of the White House — Put a Obama bumper sticker on your forehead when you do this.”

O’Brien was correct, and although she even mentioned that independent analysis has also debunked this Republican talking point, Sununu refused to back down. FactCheck.org, The Washington Post, ABC News, and Politifact, among many others, have repeatedly debunked this claim.

On August 15, O’Brien revisited the matter, citing more facts and documents, saying:

“So while we here at ‘Starting Point’ always enjoy a healthy, even if at times heated, debate, when it comes to the facts, we like to hold all our guests accountable, including Gov. Sununu.”

CNN also laid out the facts on their website. Ironically, as Politifact points out, the $700 billion dollars which the Romney campaign calls “cuts” were supported by Republicans, including Paul Ryan.

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.

I Like The Similarities

July 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

In this video, from April 2010, Romney talks about how he likes the similarities Obama’s health care reform law has with his own in Massachusetts, including the individual mandate. Interestingly, he says that his reforms did not raise taxes (at the time he did not believe the mandate penalty was a tax, which he claims to believe today). Here is the video:

This, as well as the fact that he touted his health care reforms (individual mandate included), wanted them adopted by the federal government and that he did not consider the mandate penalty a tax, contradicts his current position that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and that it is a tax.

Not A Tax

July 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

“The governor believes that what we put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty, and he disagrees with the court’s ruling that the mandate was a tax.”

  • Eric Fehrnstrom, senior advisor to the Romney Campaign, July 2, 2012
  • Source: The Daily Rundown With Chuck Todd (video)
  • Context: Fehrnstrom was on the show to discuss the Affordable Care Act, which was deemed constitutional in its entirety. Specifically, he was asked about Romney’s stance on the individual mandate penalty, which Republicans are calling a Tax, but which Romney has argued was not a tax, both when he was pushing health care reform in Massachusetts and during presidential debates. Asked directly if Romney agrees with Obama that the individual mandate should not be characterized as a tax, Fehrnstrom said: “That’s correct.” On July 4, Romney contradicted his own senior advisor, Fehrnstrom, in a CBS interview (video) saying that he believed the penalty was a tax. This contradicts his earlier positions, which he held as recently as 2009, when he touted the individual mandate and argued that it should be adopted by the federal government.

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