Apparently individual health care mandates and RomneyCare in MASSACHUSETTS is Americans only hope to receive good medical care, from grave illnesses in order to STAY ALIVE. And so would the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) OBAMA CARE!
Yesterday, Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA put out an ad featuring a steelworker who blamed Mitt Romney for his loss of health insurance after Bain Capital shuttered his plant. His wife subsequently died of cancer.
Today, the Romney campaign had its response. That worker would have been fine, Romney press secretary Andrea Saul told Fox News, if that person had lived in Massachusetts: He would have been covered under the former governor’s health law. .
“If people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,” she explained earlier today. “There are a lot of people losing their jobs and losing their health care in President [Barack] Obama’s economy.”
That’s all pretty much true: People have lost health insurance during the recession, a result of unemployment as well as employers scaling back their coverage. It’s worth noting though that this appears to be leveling off a bit as we get further away from the recession: The percentage of Americans without insurance held stable between 2009 and 2010, hovering just above 16 percent.
If Joe Soptic, the steelworker featured in this ad, had lived in Massachusetts, he would have had access to coverage: The state ended insurance exclusion of pre-existing conditions in 2006, when it passed its universal coverage.
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I dare Mitt Romney to pick Paul Ryan as his VP SIDEKICK. And we’re still waiting for your TAX RETURNS, MITT ROMNEY.