The above article is excellent reading and yet it does not explain why
Romney is still liked by the majority of US citizens that are mostly
middle class. It shows how selfish US has become. Despite the
disasters under Bush caused by taxing the middle class more, these
middle class still want to repeat the same mistakes that they did, all
because they all don't want to pay any taxes? In the end it is the
middle class that will have to pay more, by paying more for education
and health insurance, as a result of cuts in welfare expenditures in
favour of the rich and military. Don't they realise that the rich
already pay much less tax than the poor? And now, under Romney, the
middle class will have to pay more for basic necessities, apart from
more taxes. It is so mind boggling. And all because they believe in
the lies that Romney said in the debates? Research reports that are
not era search at but stupid comments not backed by facts such as the
economic progress under Clinton despite more tax to the rich, and
economic disaster under Bush for 8 years despite low taxes for the
rich and higher tax for middle class. And yet, almost half of US
voters still want to believe in the lies and hidden agenda from
Romney. Romney does not even declare his tax let alone the tax cuts he
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Mitt Romney: The Empty Suit Clueless About the Empty Chair
Posted: 10/15/2012 8:39 am
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Billy Koehler died on March 7, 2009, for lack of health insurance.
Mitt Romney said on October 10, 2012, that's impossible.
The Republican nominee for president told the Columbus Dispatch last
We don't have people that become ill, who die in their apartment
because they don't have insurance.
Technically, that's true of Billy Koehler. He didn't die in his
apartment. He died in his car. Koehler suffered cardiac arrest and
perished slumped over his steering wheel at a stop sign in Pittsburgh
because he didn't have health insurance and didn't have $60,000 to
replace his implanted defibrillator.
Romney, a quarter-billionaire born with a silver foot in his mouth,
has shielded himself from the world in which America's many Billy
Koehlers exist. Their paths don't naturally cross. Billy Koehlers
don't hang out with Romney's NASCAR owner pals. Billy Koehlers don't
disparage the nation's elderly and impoverished at fundraisers in the
homes of private equity moguls. FDR and JFK made an effort to
understand the joys and hardships of the non-rich. But Romney hasn't.
And that's why he so carelessly called America's Billy Koehlers a
deliberately dependent underclass, albeit one comprising47 percent of
all citizens. Because Romney knows nothing of the lives of the
nation's Billy Koehlers, the Republican nominee can dismiss their
medical predicaments as nonexistent and assure wealthy donors he won't
"worry about those people."
Romney told the Columbus newspaper that no one needs to worry about
those lacking health insurance because federal law requires hospitals
to treat emergency cases:
We don't have a setting across this country where if you don't have
insurance, we 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.
Logically, then, the solution would be for no one to buy insurance.
Why bother? Hospitals must treat and bill someone else, according to
But it doesn't work that way. The late Billy Koehler is an example of
how it actually operates -- how it fails to work for 26,100 to 45,000
Americans who die each year for lack of insurance.
Billy's sister, Georgeanne Koehler, a retired hospital worker and
member of the Service Employees International Union, told his story at
rallies for passage of Obamacare, taking with her an empty chair in
his memory. She celebrated the law's passage in 2010, particularly its
provision forbidding insurance companies from denying coverage to
those with pre-existing conditions. That might have saved her brother.
Billy was just 39 when he suffered his first cardiac arrest. An
electronics technician, he had health insurance through his employer,
and that paid for surgery to implant a defibrillator. Still, over the
years, Billy spent his entire $25,000 in pension savings on medical
bills that insurance did not pay.
In 2003, Billy lost his job and his health insurance when the company
he worked for closed. He tried to get another job with health
insurance but could not. He tried to buy health coverage privately,
but every insurer in Pennsylvania denied his request because of his
pre-existing heart condition. He didn't qualify for Medicaid because
he earned slightly too much money in his new job as a pizza delivery
While at work on December 14, 2007, he collapsed in the pizza shop. He
survived, but a cardiologist told him that his defibrillator needed to
be replaced. Because Billy had no insurance, the doctor required
payment up front.
Romney's right about one thing. The hospital treated Billy as an
emergency cardiac arrest victim. But the hospital emergency room
wasn't required to give him surgery to replace the defibrillator. And
neither Billy, nor his sister, had $60,000 to pay for it out of
Less than two years later, as Billy drove home from work, he suffered
cardiac arrest again. And he died. For lack of health insurance.
Under Obamacare, insurers can't deny coverage to people like Billy
because of pre-existing conditions. Obamacare also established high-
risk pools for people like Billy. And Obamacare will extend Medicaid
to more low-income people like Billy.
Romney has pledged to repeal Obamacare on his first day in office.
Like a 21st century Marie Antoinette, he says: Let 'em go to the
Romney's prescription doesn't work. It wouldn't work for his own wife,
Ann,who has multiple sclerosis and survived breast cancer. As quarter-
billionaires, the Romneys have the best insurance in the world. But
without it, a hospital emergency room would not have provided Ann
Romney with the care she needed. Emergency rooms don't perform
lumpectomies or radiation therapy. Emergency rooms don't provide
therapy for fatigue, dizziness, numbness or paralysis caused by MS.
Emergency rooms don't dispense MS drugs that can cost $3,000 a month.
Romney's clearly unaware of the empty chair campaign. Not having
health insurance or $60,000 for surgery is inconceivable to him. He
bought his wife a $500,000 dressage horse for MS therapy, after all.
America can't afford to have in the White House an empty Armani who
has made no attempt to find out what it's like to try to survive
uninsured, who remains clueless about all the chairs in America
emptied by lack of insurance. The nation can't afford a president so
comatose to the lives of average Americans.
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Hey, Mitt, try actually talking to a member of the middle class rather
than talking down at us.
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