Mitt Romney praises Israel´s government-run health care system for keeping costs down (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) BY BRIAN BROWDIE 08/03/12)
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The presumptive GOP presidential nominee praised Israel for its
government-run non-profit health care system, which cuts costs by
requiring national health insurance and government-mandated benefits.
Mitt Romney is giving high marks to a national takeover of health
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee has praised Israel, which
provides nearly every resident with health insurance, for its ability
to keep its population healthy and contain medical costs.
Under a law that took effect in 1995, Israelis pay national health
insurance premiums tied to their incomes. They also must sign up with
one of four non-profit health maintenance organizations, which have
to accept everyone and provide a range of government-mandated
benefits. Residents supplement the coverage with private insurance
for dental and vision care.
Israelis live, on average, about three years longer than Americans,
despite Israel spending less than half as much on health care as a
percentage of gross domestic product. The system earns a high level
of public satisfaction.
"You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care," Romney told supporters
Monday at a fundraiser in Jerusalem. "And you’re a pretty healthy
nation. We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care."
"We have to find ways, not just to provide health care to more
people, but to find ways to finally manage our health care costs,"
The former Massachusetts governor, who signed a commonwealth-wide
health insurance mandate in 2006, has vowed to let states opt out of
the Affordable Care Act - the national health insurance law signed by
President Barack Obama in 2010, also called Obamacare - on his first
day in office, and to work with Congress to repeal the legislation as
soon as possible.
Romney´s praise for for Israel´s system left some some experts to
note the apparent contradiction.
"Israel has made health care a government responsibility like
education and defense," Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and chief
executive officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit
group that studies health care services, told the Daily News. "The
core services are provided by tax dollars."
"I don´t think people doing research for the governor fully explained
to him that it´s not in the Republican platform," Feinstein added.
For its part, Team Romney says the candidate was simply noting
Israel´s lower health care costs and slamming the U.S. system.
"The governor was criticizing our broken health care system and the
failure of Obamacare to address the health care challenges facing our
country,” campaign spokesman Ryan Williams told the Boston Globe. (©
Copyright 2011 NYDailyNews.com. 08/03/12)
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