Speaking (right now) at a campaign event at Kinzler Construction Services in Ames, Iowa, Romney made this puzzling remark about healthcare:
We will reform healthcare to tame the growth in its cost, to provide for those with pre-existing conditions, and to assure that every American has access to healthcare. We will replace government choice with consumer choice, bringing the dynamics of the marketplace to a sector of our lives that has long been dominated by government.
Does he realize he’s just talking about Medicare? It’s not as if this “sector of our lives” existed and then government intruded; it was a social program created by the federal government (and maintained since 1965) to ensure that the 48 million people who are either too old or too debilitated to afford healthcare are protected. By his logic, eliminating this supposedly onerous “government choice” would simply mean letting these 48 million people go uninsured. But of course, it’s just another nonsensical claim that will fly under the public’s radar.