Mitt Romney: People Don’t Die in Their Apartment Because They Don’t Have Insurance

The Republican challenger said that people without health insurance don’t have to worry about dying as a result.

Mitt Romney commented to the editorial board of The Columbus Dispatch on Wednesday, minimizing the harm for Americans who do not have health care. Photo: Mitt Romney/Flickr

Speaking with The Columbus Dispatch, the former Massachusetts governor promised to repeal Obamacare and to suggest a system that relies mostly on having people go to the emergency when they need medical treatment.

“We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack,’” Romney said.

“No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital. We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”

The Republican nominee made similar comments during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” last month, when he said: “We do provide care for people who don’t have insurance. If someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care.”

According to estimations of the U.S. Census Bureau, about 4 in 25 Americans, which is equivalent to nearly 49 million Americans, had no health insurance last year.

The survey also showed that roughly 48,000 people died last year because they couldn’t be offered timely and appropriate care.

In case Obamacare is repealed, 30 million uninsured Americans will not be provided with access to health insurance, suggested under health care reform.

Letting so many people go uninsured would cost both individuals and society, as health of those people who have no insurance worsens, and thus, their treatments become more expensive, writes The Huffington Post.

Another problem people without health insurance would probably face is danger of facing massive medical bills, debt, and bankruptcy if they get sick or injured.

The estimated death toll widely cited during the health reform debate, which found that for every 1 million people who were uninsured there were about 1,000 related, preventable deaths, reported PNHP.

Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, professor of public health at the City University of New York and visiting professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said, “The Census Bureau’s latest figure, 48.6 million uninsured, conjures up a very grim picture: a preventable death every 11 minutes.”

Woolhandler continued, saying that studies had clearly demonstrated that Americans who don’t have medical insurance and suffer from chronic illnesses such as heart disease delay or forgo care, often face serious complications of their medical condition and, in many cases, premature death.

Dr. explained: “As a physician, I simply cannot accept a situation where tens of thousands of people die every year because they lack insurance coverage.”

“And lest anyone think this problem has been solved by the federal health law, the Congressional Budget Office estimates about 30 million people will still be uninsured in 2022. That figure translates into roughly 30,000 excess deaths annually – again, an intolerable picture.”

A conducted in 2012 by advocacy group FamiliesUSA found that 26,100 people between the ages of 25 and 64 likely died because they were uninsured in 2010, reports The Global Post.

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