Romney Unaware His Health Care Plan Would Cause 36,000-72,000 More Deaths Per Year
Yesterday Romney, in a meeting with The Dispatch, referenced a Federal law. He said
“We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack,’ ”
“No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital. We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”
Romney’s statement is highly misleading because you can’t treat most conditions that people die from in an emergency room. For example, diabetes requires insulin, therapy and other treatments or it can become life-threatening. Only diabetic comas can be treated in an emergency room. Similarly, cancer cannot be treated in an emergency room and it’s a very painful death without health insurance.
Romney also repeated something he said in the debate that is inaccurate. He said that Americans would have a choice to be insured under his plan. However, his stated idea is estimated to be unaffordable for 72 million Americans. Before Obamacare, only 50 million Americans were without health insurance which led to 25,000 to 50,000 deaths to lack of health insurance per year or about one death for every 500 to 1,000 people who lack health insurance. Therefore, one would expect that 36,000 to 72,000 Americans would die per year under Romneycare.
During the campaign season, neither party has addressed the larger issue that the U.S. has more preventable deaths and is falling behind other countries in terms of life-expectancy and hundreds of thousands people die from medical errors each year.
by Todd Miller
Sorry! No Links