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VP Debate Question: Romney says People don’t die due to no insurance
Written by  // Wednesday, 10 October 2012 23:52 //

Paul RyanMitt Romney has raised an interesting point that could end up a topic of discussion on tonight’s Paul Ryan-Joe Biden’s vice-president debate.

Romney told the Columbus Dispatch:

 “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,’  ” he said as he offered more hints as to what he would put in place of “Obamacare,” which he has pledged to repeal.

“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.”

He pointed out that federal law requires hospitals to treat those without health insurance — although hospital officials frequently say that drives up health-care costs.

Emergency rooms serve as a place of last resort, but 45,000 Americans still die every year because they lack health insurance, or one every 12 minutes. Uninsured adults under age 65 are also at a 40 percent higher death risk. Hospitals may treat patients for emergency medical conditions regardless of legal status or ability to pay, but patients with chronic conditions that don’t require emergency interference are often unable to access needed care. 

The liberal site, “Thing Progress” disagrees and states today that “Emergency rooms serve as a place of last resort, but 45,000 Americans still die every year because they lack health insurance, or one every 12 minutes. Uninsured adults under age 65 are also at a 40 percent higher death risk. Hospitals may treat patients for emergency medical conditions regardless of legal status or ability to pay, but patients with chronic conditions that don’t require emergency interference are often unable to access needed care.

Romney’s health care proposal would leave 72 million Americans without health insurance and wouldn’t provide all uninsured Americans with a stable source of insurance.

 Tonight, healthcare and health insurance, including Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act will likely be discussed during the VP debate between Ryan and Joe Biden. 

At issue could be the future of Medicare which has been a controversial subject.  The Obama administration claims that Paul Ryan’s plan would hurt seniors, if enacted.  Ryan, however, contends that his plan would not affect those currently on Medicare and would kick in after ten years and only impact those who are currently in their mid-fifties and below.

DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH ROMNEY...DO YOU BELIEVE PEOPLE DO NOT DIE IF THEY DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE?  

 

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