Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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45 million Americans can't be healthy

45 million Americans can't be healthy

This is a big, BIG difference between the candidates:

Mitt Romney’s health care plan wouldn’t just insure fewer people than “Obamacare” — it would make the uninsured problem worse than it would have been if the law had never passed, according to a comparison of the two plans by a research group with a history of pro-“Obamacare” studies.

The analysis by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health care research foundation, found that under Romney’s health care plan, the uninsured population would soar to 72 million by 2022 — 12 million higher than if nothing had been done at all.

By contrast, if President Barack Obama’s health care law is fully implemented — including complete state participation in the now voluntary Medicaid expansion — the number of uninsured people would drop from 47.9 million in 2011 to about 27.1 million people in 2022, the report estimated.

The Commonwealth Fund produces studies that often cast the national health care law in a favorable light, and spotlight the shortcomings of the American health care system compared to other countries.

The picture at top shows people without insurance lined up for a free health clinic in Los Angeles. In Mitt Romney's America, that's OK -- that people file for bankruptcy because of crushing medical bills (another case of American exceptionalism), or that people who could have been treated with proper medical care get sick and die. Others think that's not OK. Let's see how that plays out in November.

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