romneycare

Obama is not proposing that families making up to $250,000 a year keep their tax cuts while families making more than that don’t. He’s proposing that everyfamily keep their tax cuts on their first $250,000 of taxable income (which isnot the same as “income” or “earnings,” by the way).

That includes families with taxable income of $260,000, $1 million, $5 billion, $3 trillion, or whatever Jay-Z and Beyonce make in a year. Everyone would continue to pay a lower tax rate on their first $250,000 of taxable income under Obama’s plan. To report that Obama only wants to maintain tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 is simply false.

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In 2008 Mitt Romney was asked whether he would use “Romneycare” as a model for national reform:

Voter: “You supported national healthcare in Massachusetts, are you going to the same thing on a national level?”

Mitt Romney: “Absolutely.  I’ve already put a plan out take a look at it. Get on my website, take a look.”

Four years later Romney has a slightly different answer.

Just so we're clear
  • the Republican presidential nominee
  • who has vowed to strike down the Affordable Care Act
  • which will provide healthcare coverage for like everyone in the whole United States, ever
  • once signed into law a version of Obamacare
  • while he was governor of Massachusetts
  • a period which he’d now like the rest of the Republican Party to forget
  • and which the Republican Party apparently has
  • because their brain cells that control that sort of thing –
  • you know, long-term memory –
  • have died in the collective rage-stroke the GOP suffered
  • after today’s SCOTUS ruling
  • (didn’t help that Roberts joined the majority)
  • LOL

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An analysis released in 2009 by Harvard Medical School researchers found that 45,000 Americans die every year because they don’t have health insurance. That’s one person every 12 minutes. Other studies have put the figure lower — the Institute of Medicine estimated in 2002 that about 18,000 people die annually because they’re uninsured. Indeed, the consensus among researchers is that you run a greater risk of dying if you’re not insured.

Romney says Americans don’t die for lack of health insurance. Researchers say yes, they do.

We do provide care for people who don’t have insurance. 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.
—  Mitt Romney • Reversing course on one of the biggest reasons he has previously cited for for signing off on “Romneycare” while during his time as governor of Massachusetts. Romney has pointed to the fiscal responsibility of eliminating the “just go to the ER” mentality, on numerous occasions, when questioned about his choice to sign off on the now semi-controversial measure. He even told Glenn Beck that such a system was tantamount to socialism, though his opinions on that matter have clearly changed. Again. source

A new poll of 838 Massachusetts doctors finds patients are still waiting weeks – in some cases as long as a month and a half – for non-urgent appointments with primary care physicians and certain specialists.

Surveyors for the Massachusetts Medical Society called doctors’ offices in February and March and asked when they could come in for routine care. They requested a new patient appointment with internists, family practitioners, and pediatricians; an appointment for heartburn with gastroenterologists; a heart check-up with cardiologists; an appointment for knee pain with orthopedic surgeons; and a routine exam with obstetrician/gynecologists.

The average wait ranged from 24 days for an appointment with a pediatrician to 48 days to see an internist. The wait for an internist was actually down slightly, from 53 days in a similar 2010 survey, but the waits for family doctors, gastroenterologists, orthopedists, and ob/gyns increased.

So Romneycare is working. Across the board. But perhaps, as Romney implies, there’s something that makes it unsuitable for the rest of the nation.

If that’s so, however, we’re not seeing it yet. Romneycare’s cousin, the Affordable Care Act – or, as it’s more frequently known, Obamacare – isn’t fully in place, and won’t be until 2014 at the earliest. But it has passed. And since it has passed, health-care spending has been dropping. Karen Davis, director of the Commonwealth Fund, writes that the most recent spending projections show a “$275 billion (5.6 percent) reduction for 2020, compared with pre-reform estimates. Moreover, that projection represents a cumulative reduction of $1.7 trillion over the 10 years from 2011 to 2020.”

You might argue that that’s just the recession, but as Davis writes, “the recession doesn’t plausibly explain why projected health spending in 2020 is substantially below estimates made just two years ago.” And why the recession having such an effect on long-term spending under Medicare? The latest data shows we’re on track to spend $750 billion less than the pre-reform projections suggested. The Medicare cuts in the Affordable Care Act account for barely half of that. If these trends hold, the Affordable Care Act will cost far less than anticipated.

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Mitt Romney’s own senior adviser says Romney agrees with Obama that health care law is a penalty, not a tax

Difference between Obamacare and Romney's plan:

Romney had states rights on his side. States can decide for themselves.

Obamacare is a federal penalty-oh wait, I’m sorry, a “tax”-that will incur massive federal debt (as if we don’t have enough) and cause small business to cut jobs. And big corporations, like McDonald’s, won’t be giving out healthcare because it’s cheaper to pay the fine than it is to pay for employee healthcare benefits. Which means those people still won’t have employee healthcare and will have to find another way to get it. As well as those who get laid off from small business jobs.

And then there is the religious matter. Which speaks for itself.

Just because it works in ONE out of 57 states, or is it 50 states, doesn’t mean it will work on a federal government level. States are better at controlling public plans than a federal government. Federal plans are just too large to work. State’s deal with their own residents which is a much smaller constituency than the federal level. Plus, it doesn’t impose on other states that don’t want that kind of plan.

Edit: Don’t forget that less people will aspire to become doctors, waiting rooms will fill up with humungous lines, appointments will take forever to get, as will surgery.

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