Multi-Millionaire Mitt Romney: Health Care Public Option is Death
Earlier this year, Alaska governor Sarah Palin claimed that the House health reform bill would create “death panels.” Even though this was thoroughly debunked, that didn't stop conservatives from repeating the false claim, including Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who claimed that a public option would “pull the plug on grandma.”
Last night multi-millionaire, former Massachusetts governor and likely GOP candidate for president in 2012, Mitt Romney, joined the "deathers."
On Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney propagated a fearmongering claim that a public health insurance option would bring death to the country. The multi-millionaire made no mention of the 47 million uninsured Americans or the record bankruptcies of the insured, due to medical bills.
ROMNEY: The right way to have proceeded was to let each state create their own plan, to learn from the laboratories that the states were meant to be, and then adopted the very best in the federal system. But that hasn’t been done. And as a result, you’re seeing Democrats fighting Democrats. And the idea that we’d have — the government get into a — if you will, the public or government option is absolutely death, I think, across this country.
During last night’s segment, Romney touted Massachusetts’ health care system that he helped enact as governor (despite downplaying the plan during his 2008 presidential bid).
Romney boasted that the Massachusetts plan is “on budget,” but what he omitted is the fact that when approving the plan, he “deferr[ed] until another day any serious effort to control the state’s runaway health costs” and now “the plan will not be sustainable over the next 5 to 10 years if they do not take significant steps to arrest the growth of health spending.”