Shorter Romney: this government mandated healthcare is awesome…for Israel


Romney can’t quit government run health care:

But then I read in the Washington Post that he made those comments on Monday while talking to fundraisers.

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 you’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care. 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, let me compare that with the size of our military. Our military budget is 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways, not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to finally manage our health care costs.

Mitt’s not wrong. He’s just flabbergastingly off-message. The Post’s Sarah Kliff does the heavy lifting:

Israel regulates its health care system aggressively, requiring all residents to carry insurance and capping revenue for various parts of the country’s health care system. Israel created a national health care system in 1995, largely funded through payroll and general tax revenue. The government provides all citizens with health insurance: They get to pick from one of four competing, nonprofit plans. Those insurance plans have to accept all customers—including people with pre-existing conditions—and provide residents with a broad set of government-mandated benefits.

source: Romney’s Israel healthcare stunner –

So is the argument now that government regulated, mandated, tax funded, single payer healthcare is awesome, we just disagree with this awesome policy being good for Americans?