After attacking President Obama for months over government health care, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently praised Israel's socialized government health care system.
Sounding more like a left wing liberal than a Republican presidential candidate, Romney praised Israel's much-cheaper government health care, while attacking the free market system of the U.S.
Romney told donors at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem: "When our health care costs are completely out of control. Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? 8 percent. You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care. And you’re a pretty healthy nation."
"We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care. 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, let me compare that with the size of our military. Our military budget is 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 finally manage our health care costs."
One part of Israel's health care plan goes even further to the left than Obamacare, according to Buzzfeed.com: "Every Israeli citizen is entitled to health care services under the National Health Insurance Law."
One part of Israel's health care plan is practically word-for-word from Obamacare, which Romney attacks constantly: "Every resident has a right to register as a member of an HMO of his/her choice, free of any preconditions or limitations stemming from his/her age or the state of his/her health."