Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown

Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown

By Sean Sullivan, Published: September 29 at 12:27 pmE-mail the writer

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday he expects a government shutdown, a prospect for which he blamed Republicans.

“I’m afraid I do” think the government will shut down, Durbin said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Durbin blamed Republicans for bringing the country to the verge of a shut down, which will happen Tuesday if lawmakers don’t pass a new spending bill. The GOP-controlled House early Sunday amended a Senate-passed stopgap spending bill to include provisions aimed at delaying Obamacare and repealing the medical device tax. Continue reading “Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown”

Mitt Romney, On 60 Minutes, Cites Emergency Room As Health Care Option For Uninsured

Mitt Romney, On 60 Minutes, Cites Emergency Room As Health Care Option For Uninsured

Posted: 09/23/2012 10:12 pm EDT Updated: 09/23/2012 10:47 pm EDT

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Mitt Romney (Mandel Ngan/AFP/GettyImages)

WASHINGTON — Downplaying the need for the government to ensure that every person has health insurance, Mitt Romney on Sunday suggested that emergency room care suffices as a substitute for the uninsured.

“Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance,” he said in an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night. “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.”

This constitutes a dramatic reversal in position for Romney, who passed a universal health care law in Massachusetts, in part, to eliminate the costs incurred when the uninsured show up in emergency rooms for care. Indeed, in both his book and in high-profile interviews during the campaign, Romney has touted his achievement in stamping out these inefficiencies while arguing that the same thing should be done at the national level.

And while Romney refused to agree on Sunday that the government’s role is to ensure that every American has health care, he has endorsed such an idea in the past. Continue reading “Mitt Romney, On 60 Minutes, Cites Emergency Room As Health Care Option For Uninsured”