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Romney's Health Care Scam: 72 Million Americans Without Coverage
posted at October 31, 2012 9:09 AM EDT
First: October 13, 2012
Last: May 17, 2013
Mitt Romney claims he has a health care plan, but his campaign website does little more than regurgitate poll-tested Republican talking points designed to mislead voters into believing that his plan would improve their lives. In fact, it will leave 72 million Americans under the age of 65 with no health insurance coverage in ten years' time.
Though detailed evidence of Romney's health care scam is in plain sight, the workaday press, focused as it is on the presidential "horse race," has largely given Romney a free pass on what it would actually mean if Romneycare were to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or, as both sides commonly call it, Obamacare.
Following the Supreme Court's decision in June upholding the constitutionality of the ACA, Romney declared: "What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States, and that is: I will act to repeal Obamacare."
What would that mean? The independent, nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund projected that Romney's plan would leave 63.9 million Americans under age 65 without insurance by 2016; that number would rise to 72 million by 2022. Under the ACA, the number of uninsured under 65 would fall from the current level of 47.9 million to 27.1 million in 2022. As the chart below indicates, the proportion of uninsured under age 65 will be 10 percent under Obamacare versus 26 percent under Romneycare in 2022.