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Mitt Romney's healthcare heaven

I don't know about you, but I like to get stuff when I spend my money.   When I pay my taxes, I don't want bombs for somebody else, I want healthcare for me.   The Affordable Healthcare Act, known as "Obamacare," may not be the best solution to our nation's healthcare problem, but it is a giant step in the right direction, towards universal healthcare.  


Starting on August 1st, American women with renewing healthcare policies will no longer have to pay anything out of pocket for eight preventative services, including annual check-ups, mammograms, HPV, STD, HIV, and domestic violence screening and counseling, breastfeeding support and supplies, and yes, Virginia, contraceptives. According to Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, "The top killers of women will now no longer go undetected."   This Obamacare feature will help estimated 47 million American women, including tens of thousands right here in Fairfield .  


Also on August 1st, the Affordable Healthcare Act required health insurers to rebate consumers if less than 80% of their premium dollars aren't spent on actual medical care. As a result, this year insurers will refund an average of $151 per household.  

As women across America rejoiced last Tuesday, Republicans again called for the repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act in the Senate while Republicans in the House of Representatives tried to pass an anti-abortion bill without exceptions for fetal abnormalities or cases of rape or incest.   "The majority of this House, the conservatives, can think of nothing better to do than continue to wage a war against women and take our time up with these divisive issues," explained Michigan Representative, John Conyers.

Meanwhile, half a world away in Israel, Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney lavished high praise on that nation's healthcare system stating, "Our health care costs are completely out of control.   Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in Israel?   Eight percent!   You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care.   We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care. Ten percentage points more."   Missing from Mitt's assessment was the fact that, even while spending "ten percentage points more," a significant portion of us Americans still don't have health insurance or good insurance, while every Israeli does.

However, Romney may have stumbled upon the key to solving America's healthcare conundrum.   In Israel, all citizens are mandated to have health insurance, nobody can be turned away because of preexisting conditions, the industry is heavily regulated by the government to control costs, and it is funded by a progressive tax.   It i s a socialized healthcare system in every sense of the word, just like those in most other industrialized nations around the world.   So now, after dismantling Obamacare on Day One of his presidency, all Mitt has to do is sell his new "Romneycare" idea to the other Republicans.   I'm sold.

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Mike Kirchubel writes a weekly Progressive/Economic column for the Fairfield, California Daily Republic and is the author of: Vile Acts of Evil, a look at the hidden economic history of the United States. Vile Acts of Evil almost wrote itself. (more...)
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