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

Mitt Romney
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”

Romney to Release 2011 Tax Returns

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September 21, 2012, 1:56 pm101 Comments

Romney to Release 2011 Tax Returns


Mitt Romney paid $1.95 million in taxes on his 2011 investment income of $13.7 million, his campaign revealed on Friday, saying it will make good this afternoon on Mr. Romney’s promise earlier this year to eventually release his full returns for that year.

Mr. Romney, who made millions by running Bain Capital, a private equity firm, paid an effective federal tax rate of 14.1 percent in taxes, the campaign said, primarily because most of his income was in the form of capital gains that are taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income. Mr. Romney has said that he has paid at least 13 percent in federal income taxes in each of the last 10 years.

In order for that claim to be true in 2011, Mr. Romney had to voluntarily take a smaller deduction than he was entitled to for his charitable deductions, his advisers said Friday. Continue reading “Romney to Release 2011 Tax Returns”

Hey Mitt, I Want an Apology!

HomeHey Mitt, I Want an Apology!

Submitted by Richard on Fri, 09/21/2012 – 8:46am.
Does this nurse look like a bum to you?
Does this nurse look like a bum to you?



It was about 10:30 p.m. and I was entering my 15th consecutive hour of working when I heard it. As I bent over to empty urine from a catheter for the umpteenth time that night,the words Mitt Romney shared with his rich donors at a May fundraiser reached my ears from the TV of one of my patients. I have to say that I was glad that the newscaster repeated it because I literallycould not believe my ears.

I was immediately angry because Romney’s “off the cuff” words made me feel small and meaningless – he called me a bum. I’m a working nurse and I couldn’t help but relate his message to my life. I felt insulted that because I have borrowed thousands of dollars in federal student loans that in Mitt’s eyes, I am somehow not a contributing member of society – that I have no worth. Continue reading “Hey Mitt, I Want an Apology!”

Before Debates, Romney Faces a Daunting Path

New York Times

September 20, 2012

Before Debates, Romney Faces a Daunting Path

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WASHINGTON — There are seven days until early voting begins in Iowa, less than two weeks until the first debate and 46 days left in the race for Mitt Romney to change the dynamic of a campaign that by many indicators is tilting against him.

That, advisers to President Obama acknowledge, is plenty of time.

But the burden rests to a remarkable degree directly on Mr. Romney and his ability to restore confidence to his campaign, become a more nimble candidate and clearly explain to voters why he would be the better choice to repair the economy and lead the nation in addressing its challenges at home and abroad. Continue reading “Before Debates, Romney Faces a Daunting Path”

Disdain for Workers

New York Times
Op-Ed Columnist

Disdain for Workers

Published: September 20, 2012

By now everyone knows how Mitt Romney, speaking to donors in Boca Raton, washed his hands of almost half the country — the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes — declaring, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” By now, also, many people are aware that the great bulk of the 47 percent are hardly moochers; most are working families who pay payroll taxes, and elderly or disabled Americans make up a majority of the rest.


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Paul Krugman

But here’s the question: Should we imagine that Mr. Romney and his party would think better of the 47 percent on learning that the great majority of them actually are or were hard workers, who very much have taken personal responsibility for their lives? And the answer is no. Continue reading “Disdain for Workers”

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