In the 24 hour news cycle, the story of the day has been Mitt’s comments to CNN in the early morning after his Florida win. While I think even the most ardent Romney fan would admit that this could and should have (and will be) phrased more adeptly, the liberals have taken and run with the partial quote that he’s “not concerned with the very poor” … It looks worse in print that in the context of the interview:
Mitt cares deeply about the poor, and
his actions speak louder than words. How many “journalists” have bothered to mention that Mitt has given over $7,000,000 (SEVEN FREAKING MILLION!) to charitable organizations in just the last two years? Records from before then show the Romney’s consistent giving millions upon millions to organizations that care for the poor. By contrast, Joe Biden gave only $3690 to charity in an entire decade … that’s PROOF of someone that doesn’t care about the poor. From 2001-4, the Obamas made nearly a million dollars, but donated LESS THAN 1% of that income to charity.
Or what about when
Mitt gave cash out of his pocket to the lady in South Carolina who said God guided her to follow Romney’s campaign bus to find help to keep her lights on? The EXACT SAME CNN REPORTER (Soledad) even reported about that a couple of weeks ago … does she have no memory?
Mitt doesn’t care about poor people? Demonstrably false and easy to debunk (and this is without even delving into fact that Mitt, as a Mormon Bishop for several years, dedicated much of his time to caring for the poor in a very “hands on” fashion). If Obama and team push this theme it will come back to bite them. Mitt’s done more to care for the poor than any snarky reporter or any of his political rivals.
Vic’s post from a couple days back that highlighted Romney’s life of service and included the following YouTube:
Additionally, Brit Hume on Fox News today adroitly argued that anyone who wants to “make hay” or be offended by this out-of-context quote wouldn’t be voting for a GOP candidate anyways. I’d have to agree.
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David Asman (FOX Business News) and NY Jet’s owner Woody Johnson discussed Massachusetts’ health care coverage yesterday with former MA Governor Mitt Romney: VIDEO No Apology: The Case for American Greatness by Mitt Romney
Free-Market Health Care:
(P. 184-185): “Cost containment measures haven’t worked to rein in our skyrocketing
health-care spending, and a single-payer system would do no better. There is, however, another alternative: rather than trying to make health care less and less like a consumer-driven market, do the opposite. Apply the principles of a market guided by consumer choice.”
(P.186-187): “America’s health care is expensive because the incentives are all wrong –for the patient, the doctor, the hospital, and the insurer. Health care can’t function like a market if it doesn’t have incentives like a market. Fixing health care begins with fixing incentives.”
(P. 190): “Re-shaping incentives does not require a complete reconstruction of our health-care-provider system. We will never see genuine reform arrive if it can’t be implemented by the providers and networks that already exist. […]Real, effective changes will have to be driven by a desire to provide better quality care at lower cost, not by bureaucratic dictates from government authorities. That, after all, is how consumer-driven markets work: competitors who innovate in quality and cost attract customers and grow. And as the best and most efficient competitors grow, the industry and the economy become more productive.”
(P. 193) [Note – At the time this book was written Obamacare had not passed]: “Health–care legislation may be passed by Congress in 2009, but regardless, the work is far from complete and the battle over the future direction of health care in America is ongoing. At its core of this debate is the question of what creates better patient outcomes and more efficiency: free enterprise and consumer-driven markets, or government management and regulations? […] Our current system is
far from being a consumer-driven free market. In my view, the failures we encounter virtually every day are the result of features imposed on the health-care system that have distorted market incentives – tax benefits only for those who receive insurance through their employer, fee-for-service payments to providers, the monolithic scale of Medicaid and Medicare, and an oppressive malpractice liability system, to name a few.
For greater details refer to Romney’s best-selling book
. No Apology: The Case for American Greatness
The prospect of our health delivery system being controlled by the same mindset that runs our
near-bankrupt United States Postal System is NOT acceptable.
Learn about Mitt Romney’s ‘Rx for Repeal’ of Obamacare
here, here, and here.
Note: Hat tip to
Bosman, MRC patron, for sharing the FOX Business video.
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