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Romney: Socialized Health Care Good For Israel, Not For U.S.

5:45 pm - 07/30/2012

During a trip to Israel, Mitt Romney hailed the nation’s health care system for holding down costs and broadening coverage more effectively than the U.S.

The irony: Israel contains costs by adopting a very centralized, government-run health care system — anathema to Romney’s Republican Party.

“Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? Eight percent. You spend eight percent of GDP on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation,” he said Monday at a breakfast fundraiser, according to the New York Times. “We spend 18 percent of our GDP 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 GDP. 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.”

Israel’s health care system is an instructive exercise in all that rankles American conservatives — replete with government mandates, price controls and centralized payments funded mostly by high taxes.

Reformed in 1995 on the basis of a European model, Israelis are forced to buy insurance from one of several competing not-for-profit plans, which are heavily regulated by the government, according to the journal Health Affairs. The state requires them to cover everyone regardless of health status, and establishes a broad benefits package insurance policies must provide, updated annually by a committee of appointed experts. The government pays the full cost of these policies, mostly through higher taxes. The state also caps the level of annual revenue hospitals can earn from an insurance plan. Care is largely delivered through government-owned facilities; there are private providers, but they tend to charge more.

So how’s the socialized approach working out?

Quite well. Israel covers all residents and spends 8 percent of its national product on health care; the U.S. currently spends 17.5 percent and has many uninsured. Nor are Israelis resigned to low quality care or long waits that some associate with government-run systems: according to the Jewish Daily Forward, “going by many indexes of health outcomes, the result in terms of quality of care [in Israel] is often better — and definitely cheaper than in the U.S.”

A 2010 study in Health Affairs describes “strong government influence” over its system has been the catalyst for Israel’s low health spending growth since the 1995 reforms.

The Affordable Care Act moves the U.S. a bit closer to an Israel-type system with the use of regulations and mandates to extend coverage, but permits far less government power over health care delivery than Israel. Romney has vowed to repeal the law if elected president.

Source. personally, i'm really starting to like this "Eurotrip" remake.
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mirhanda 31st-Jul-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Israelis are forced to buy insurance from one of several competing not-for-profit plans

Not for profit is the key, as insurance companies were in America until the 70s. (Although I wish we'd just get a plan like they have in England. With our Medicare program, everything necessary is already in place, just remove the age restriction. It's so easy I just want to smash all of congress in the head for not doing it already.)

Edited at 2012-07-31 12:28 am (UTC)
bethan_b_bad 31st-Jul-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
...Er. England?
rex_dart 31st-Jul-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
darth_eldritch 31st-Jul-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Perfect gif is perfect
kuhori_rei 31st-Jul-2012 12:37 am (UTC)

kishmet 31st-Jul-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
even he doesn't know he's just like

robintheshrew 31st-Jul-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
Agree w/OP. This guy is way funnier and they aren't playing that annoying "Scotty Doesn't Know" song
layweed 31st-Jul-2012 01:41 am (UTC)
oh god now i'm going to spend the next hour listening to it on loop ohhhhhhhh what have you done to me?
24_24_1_1526 31st-Jul-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
darlahood 31st-Jul-2012 11:56 am (UTC)
LoL, just watched this last night.
belleweather 31st-Jul-2012 01:31 am (UTC)
My GOD. It's like National Lampoon's European Vacation redux, but with politics. I'm kinda in love rn, no lie.
layweed 31st-Jul-2012 01:51 am (UTC)
He's off to Poland next, who knows what sort of shit he'll manage to stir up there.
maclyn 31st-Jul-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
This is like if someone put Prince Philip up for Prime Minister.
layweed 31st-Jul-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
personally, i'm really starting to like this "Eurotrip" remake.

ruby_stevens Romney's Rainbow Tour In A Nutshell 31st-Jul-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
devour_theflesh Re: Romney's Rainbow Tour In A Nutshell 31st-Jul-2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Lol so bizarre
layweed 31st-Jul-2012 01:57 am (UTC)
So what's this I read about Romney committing a huge social/cultural/religious faux pas by scheduling a reception dinner on a day of religious fasting and what not? Did it end up blowing up in his face? Srsly, could his advance team or whoever planned this have not anticipated this happening?
maclyn 31st-Jul-2012 02:40 am (UTC)
He changed the day of that! Then at the rescheduled dinner he said Palestine was poor because they're culturally inferior to Israel.

Tried so hard, got so far etc.
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moonbladem 31st-Jul-2012 07:54 am (UTC)
Icon love!
brother_dour Class warfare31st-Jul-2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
Let me explain:

to Republicans, ANYTHING that is good for the working class "is not good for the U.S."
texnews 31st-Jul-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
God job, Mitt Romney! No doubt, he will thrash Barak in November!
valarltd 31st-Jul-2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
Isn't Israel's health care system heavily subsidized by the US as well? Or has that stopped?

You must understand, to the Right, everything Israel does is good and must be encouraged. Because we need all the jews in the Holy Land so the Second Coming can occur and they can all be killed at Armageddon. But most people won't say the second part.
a_grumble_cake 31st-Jul-2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
US aid to Israel is 3 billion in military aid. Israel's GDP is 240 billion so even if that were economic aid, it wouldn't be enough to heavily subsidize health care or anything of that magnitude...
atomic_joe2 31st-Jul-2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Good for us in the UK too, Mitt. You haven't forgotten the Olympic opening ceremony already have you?

For a party that believes in freedom and democracy they don't half like telling you all what is good for you.
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