We all know how Gov. Mitt Romney offended his British host at the London Olympics. However, his biggest gaffe took place in Israel. Trying to win Israeli support for his presidential bid, he praised Israel’s national health system. He cited the excellent health of its citizens and the system’s low cost. Romney stated that their national health system’s cost was only 8 percent of gross domestic product, compared to the high 18 percent in the United States.
What Romney overlooked was the kind of healthcare system that exists in Israel. Like Britain, Israel has a socialistic healthcare philosophy where universal coverage is required for all citizens; premiums are deducted from salaries; the government sets prices and regulations; and the health insurance industry is nonprofit.
Sounds to me like Gov. Romney, the GOP candidate for president, likes socialized medicine. I wonder if the Tea Party folks in the Republican Party are aware of his road-trip gaffe. Yet Mr. Flip-flop Romney is telling his supporters that he intends to repeal Obamacare (Romneycare when he was the Bay State governor) on day one of his presidency.