Skip to comments.Mitt Romney Lavishes Praise On Israel's Socialist, Government Controlled Healthcare System
Posted on 07/30/2012 9:43:55 PM PDT by moonshot925
Mitt Romney seems to be laboring under the impression that whatever he says in a foreign country willlike a weekend in Las Vegassomehow stay in that foreign country.
Either that or he figures nobody back home is paying any attention.
Speaking today to a small group of Israeli contributors to his campaign, the GOP presidential candidateand supposed sworn enemy of government controlled healthcarehad kind words for the success of Israels healthcare system.
"When our health care costs are completely out of control. Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? 8 percent. You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care. And youre a pretty healthy nation
A healthy nation, indeed.
With a life-expectancy rate that is the 4th best in the world (the United States is 38th) and a reputation for delivering high-quality care to all of its citizens by utilizing the most advanced medical technology available in a hospital system we can only envy from afar, Governor Romney is right to be impressed with the Israelis ability to deliver excellent care while keeping spending down to 8 percent of GDP as compared to 18 percent here in the United States.
If only Romneys appreciation of Israels success did not fly smack in the face of his constant, ideologically based rhetoric guaranteed to insure that only the wealthiest Americans get a taste of the healthcare Israelis receive as their birthright.
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God help us!
did you expect anything different from Mr RomneyCare?
Ungar cuts to the bone again dang!
I bet many Freepers will like his comments, though. After all, it is the Israeli healthcare system.
How much in yearly aid does the US give Israel?
This is why I am doing a write in and refuse to donate money to the RNC. Let’s see his friends clean this mess up for him. Get a new candidate would be the answer.
Didn’t he say he would get rid of the Obamacare.
What they do with health care in a generally homogeneous society is significantly different and not replicable in a continental country of some 310 millions composed of every imaginable racial, ethnic and social background. That is why the drive for more centralization in health care in the U.S. is the exact wrong thing to do.
It should be a Sates issue, IN ALL RESPECTS. If Massachusetts wants some form of universal health care run by government fiat, great. If New Hampshire wants NO role for the government in the providing of insurance or health services, that should be the prerogative of the state and it's citizens through its’ elected officials.
People would vote with their feet and reside where they feal they have the best over all quality of life.
I cringed when I read this-—Can’t Romney keep his mouth shut. What did that accomplish beside losing votes back home.
$3.075 billion Foreign Military Financing(FMF) program aid to Israel in FY 2012.
There are also about $500 million in private donationns to Israel every year.
I wonder how Israel’s system would hold up if they suddenly had to provide free medical to ten million illegal immigrants from Palestine.
Many items are true such as the total spent on healthcare in Israel as a percentage of GDP is about 1/2 of what it is in the US. Procedures are cheaper there and quality is high.
Romney's comment was about the SPENDING in Israel on healthcare. It's significantly lower than ours.
He was spouting about a glorious soicalist health care system in a nation that can not be compared to American in any way, shape or form. He’s a freaking socialist. We will never get rid of deathcare with him.
Most on here will only read into an article what they want. He did praise their healthcare, but, only to the extent of how little it cost as compared to ours. Israel also has a significantly smaller population - as does most socialist countries which have universal healthcare.
However, this gives the haters on here another excuse to eat our candidate. Granted, I’m not in love with Romney, and he sure wasn’t my choice for the nomination - but, we’re stuck with him - and I’d vote for my dog for president over zero.
The scale is so vastly different as to be incomparable.
Absolutely. The circular firing squad from the primary season has only reloaded for the general.
Yes, yes, but did he get the name of their capital correct?
Yes. Israel spends 8% of GDP on heathcare while we spend over 15%.
They have a longer average life span and lower infant mortality rate than we do.
Their system seems to be working well for them.
But the question is, would it work for the United States?
Hard to tell since we are two vastly different nations.
So, if Israel spends 8% of it’s GDP on healthcare and their yearly GDP is aprox. 243 billion (2011) then they are spending about 19-20 billion per year on medical care. The US is subsidizing about 16-17% of Israel’s healthcare.(That 3.1 billion would have to come out of Israel’s pocket if we didn’t give it). Also what is the amount of importation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices into Israel from the US and at what price? Is it similar to the deal most European countries get where the US citizen pays via cost-shifting the low cost of said drugs and devices to said countries?
Yep and it’s MITTEN’S and the GOPe,who are using that “Circular firing squad” to shoot at Sarah Palin and Tea Party Conservatives.
In 2009, I was in a Tel Aviv hospital and it was not all it’s cracked up to be. Particularly, the totally indifferent staff. A nurse accidentally missed my vein for the saline solution and my arm blew up like Popeye’s. It took about 8 hours for someone to recognized their was a problem (after I kept telling people there was). I got more attention from the hospital liason to the insurance company (she wanted to make sure I could pay).
This is how Unger describes himself:
Rick Ungar, Contributor
Writing from the left on politics and policy.
So when did FR become so enamored of critics on the left?
So when did FR become so enamored of critics on the left?
>> With a life-expectancy rate that is the 4th best in the world
Irrelevant. Conveniently omitted is the fact that the collective genetic makeup of the US population is far different from that of Israel, not to mention the deviation in environment, workforce, food, etc.
Regarding HMO choices, how many options exist for the citizens of a given state? 2, 3, 5?
We’re flattered by the Israeli chicks that reveal their obligatory military service bikini clad, but are aghast at the thought of similar obligations concerning health care...
Let’s cut the crap. Israel is not the U.S. Comparative judgement is asinine.
This guy is amazing. The way he double talks never ends. If he keeps this up, we will be stuck with the Marxist Muslim for the next four years.
There must be a powerful cadre of leftists who helped kill the conservative contenders and put this guy in the running to assure their agenda is promulgated regardless of who wins.
It’s amazing to watch the new generation fret over the staggering cost of health care.
If they could only go back in time with us older people who remember when health care WAS AFFORDABLE before the days of the “deep pocket” health insurance companies.
Gee! I can’t imagine how it was affordable BEFORE health insurance but out of control AFTER the health insurance companies (with their deep pockets thanks to you and I) created a cornucopia of endless medical charges for the medical industry to feast upon.
The two laws of business were thrown out of whack by the insurance industry: “The laws of supply and demand” and “whatever the market will bear.” With insurance, there is no longer any market forces in place.
My days of voting for these political insiders and private party club members are way over.
Israel does not have the problem of tens of millions of illegal people in their country because they are concerned about people trying to kill them so they actually enforce their borders.
Nothing better than a white obama!!!
Romney is a lying socialist to the core!!!