This is from a 60 Minutes interview this past Sunday:
Scott Pelley: Does the government have a responsibility to provide health care to the 50 million Americans who don’t have it today?
Mitt Romney: Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance, people – we – if someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care.
So – setting aside how weird his non-answer to the question really was – basically, a major presidential candidate with enough background in universal health care in a state of 6.5 million people just said on national media, “The poor and insurance? Don’t worry about any of that – EMS and EDs will clean everything up.”
Yeah, it’s cool – with budget cuts and never-ending ED closures, ever-increasing uninsured populations and patient volumes, those lazy, burned-out-because-of-countless-bullshit-patients, good-for-nothing EMS crews and ED staff aren’t busy enough anyway.
Some may say that the uninsured already use ambulances to get to EDs for primary care. Yes, some do. But it’s one thing that they do it, and an entirely different thing when a prominent national figure, contrary to his past, essentially tells everyone to do the same thing.
All those posts here at this site about food and coffee, I take them all back. I may never eat again on duty.