Krugman: ‘Ugly Reality’ of the Romney-Ryan Health Care Plan
Posted on Oct 15, 2012
In his latest Op-Ed, the New York Times columnist rips the Republican presidential ticket for a health care plan that would deny potentially millions of Americans coverage in order to save money—all while proposing a trillion-dollar tax cut that would help the wealthiest Americans.
Krugman argues that recent comments by Mitt Romney demonstrate that he “has no idea what life (and death) are like for those less fortunate than himself.”
Last week, Romney claimed that Americans do not die because they lack health insurance. That followed an earlier comment in which he suggested that emergency care is a good alternative for the uninsured, which is a point George W. Bush once made.
According to Krugman, those assertions are flat-out wrong. He writes:
The sad reality is that the number of people who die because they do not have health care coverage in the U.S. runs into the thousands, perhaps even tens of thousands, each year.
According to Krugman, tens of millions of Americans would be left without coverage if the Republican ticket is elected. As he points out, the Romney-Ryan health care plan would call for repealing Obamacare, slash Medicaid funding and replace the current Medicare system with a voucher system. The first two actions would leave roughly 45 million non-elderly Americans uninsured, while the latter would leave many senior citizens in this country with inadequate health coverage.
And what would they do with the money saved? Why, give rich people a tax break, of course.
As Krugman states at the beginning of the article, this is a reality the GOP White House candidate wants to ignore:
For many Americans, it would be an ugly reality indeed.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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