Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to rid our country of the evils of the Affordable Care Act — the very one modeled after his own while Governor of Massachusetts.
It’s no wonder that Romney didn’t want press coverage in Israel (because he can be quoted). Think Progress reports, “Mitt inadvertently praised the individual requirement and universal health care. “[F]or an American abroad, you can’t get much closer to the ideals and convictions of my own country than you do in Israel,” he said. And according to The New York Times, Romney spoke favorably about the fact that health care makes up a much smaller amount of Israel’s gross domestic product compared to the United States..
“Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the G.D.P. in Israel? Eight percent,” he said. “You spend eight percent of G.D.P. on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our G.D.P. on health care, 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, compare that with the size of our military — our military which is 4 percent, 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of G.D.P. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to fund and manage our health care costs.”
Due to Israel’s health care system, they enjoy, an overall 82 years life expectancy — the fourth-longest life expectancy in the world as of 2012. Israel’s infant mortality rate is lower.
Mitt should Google before he speaks:
In 1995 the National Health Insurance Law came into effect, which made membership in one of the four existing Health Maintenance Organizations compulsory for all Israeli citizens. The law determined a uniform benefits package (?? ??????) for all citizens – a list of medical services and treatments which each of the Health Maintenance Organizations is required to fund for its members. Additionally, certain services were brought under the direct administration of the State, usually by means of the Health Ministry. In addition, the law set out a system of public funding for health care services by means of a progressive health tax, administered by Bituah Leumi, Israel’s social security organization, which transfers funding to the Health Maintenance Organizations according to a certain formula based on the number of members in each fund, the age distribution of members, and a number of other indices. The Health Maintenance Organizations also receive direct financing from the states money.
I’m glad he’s on board with a progressive tax structure too. Good to know. Mitt’s trip is going swimmingly (for Obama).Click here for reuse options!
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