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Mitt Romney: U.S. Can Learn Something from Israel’s Health Care System

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had nothing but words of praise for Israel’s health care system while speaking at a fundraiser in the Jewish State earlier today. And with good cause; Israel’s health care system is known for both excellence and efficiency.

“Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the G.D.P. in Israel? Eight percent,” Romney asked his audience. “You spend eight percent of G.D.P. on health care…We spend 18 percent of our G.D.P. on health care, 10 percentage points more…Our gap with Israel is 10 points of G.D.P. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to fund and manage our health care costs.”

If only the U.S. health care system could be more like the Israeli system, Mr. Romney lamented. If only, indeed. What Mr. Romney evidently didn’t know is that Israel’s health care system is completely State-controlled. Everyone pays into the system through withholdings, and everyone gets equal, accessible medical care without further charge. In other words, Mr. Romney, Israel’s, excellent, efficient system, which yields a nation of “pretty healthy” people is a completely socialist system.

A great model for the U.S.? Absolutely! A single-payer, universal system guaranteeing medical care for all just like Israel’s health are system? Bring it on Mitt! 

The sheer idiocy of the comparison suggests that Mr. Romney is supremely ignorant, and has not yet learned how to simply avoid tripping on his yapping tongue by not simply not talking about things of which he knows nothing. It was his second gaffe in Israel in a 24-hour period, the first being an idiotic, insulting, and extremely careless remark, suggesting the cultural inferiority of Palestinians (and a couple of other countries as well). 

I have to wonder, during this time of intense Olympic competition if Mr. Romney’s goin’ for the gold and take the world record of political gaffes in a single trip? And if his coach is former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

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  • Igor

    Romney is hollow. There’s no substance to the man. Paper thin. The stupid things he’s said vis a’ vis Israel are just further proof of that.

  • What else can you expect from a phony? Is this phony in Israel’s best interest or its money’s best interest? As a business proposition, Romney looks at Israel as a Mormon hobby-gobby. As a businessman, he sees Israel only in terms of ROI and election. That is what professional phonies applaud.

    Israel knows what it has with Obama. Romney is just an opposition candidate passing through like so many tourists.

    Tommy Mack

  • Igor

    The first thing we can learn is that we are paying at least twice what we should for access to medical care. That means, that our annual cost of $2.7trillion for access to medical care is fat by at least $1.3trillion!

    That would go a long way to paying off the National Debt! We could even payoff, eventually, the trillions we spent on those glorious Bush wars in the mideast that were so deliciously angry, and allowed us to get so high screaming at muslims.

  • Igor

    For once Mitt is right: the solution to the Medical problems in the USA is Single-payer Universal Healthcare.

    Israels experience confirms the experiences of all other advanced nations (except for the US) that socialized medicine is a big improvement and IT WORKS!

  • Good grief. If Romney wants to win, he should fire everyone responsible for feeding him that statistic. Setting aside the difference of 306 million people might have an effect on the numbers, knowing whether the health care system is private or public seems like a key bit of info.

    Looks like he should have trusted his first instinct about not letting press in.