Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently told the Columbus Dispatch that people who are uninsured can simply go to the emergency room.
Ironically, this was the same advice Pres. George W. Bush offered the uninsured in 2004 during a debate with Sen. John Kerry.
Romney cited a federal law that requires hospitals to admit emergency patients, but failed to explain how 50 million uninsured Americans would be treated by only ER staff.
Romney also failed to mention people, who have diseases like cancer, are dropped by their health insurance company and cannot afford care.
According to ThinkProgress.org and the Columbus Dispatch, Romney said: "We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack.'"
“No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital. We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”
According to ThinkProgress.org, 45,000 people die each year because they don't have health insurance.