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Five Myths About Health Care Access (11-6-12)

"Five Myths About Health Care Access"

by Carrie Valiant appearing in the November 6, 2012 in Thomson Reuters News & Insight

In the national election's continuing controversy over health reform, Governor Mitt Romney commented on the television show "60 Minutes" in early October that there is no need for health reform because "we do provide care for people who don't have insurance. If someone has a heart attack, they don't sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance and take them to the hospital and give them care," he said. "Different states have different ways of doing that. Some provide that care through clinics. Some provide the care through emergency rooms," he said.

He added, "Look, it doesn't make a lot of sense for us to have millions and millions of people who have no health insurance and yet who can go to the emergency room and get entirely free care, for which they have no responsibility. Particularly if they're people who have sufficient means to pay their own way."

President Obama, on the other hand, recently pronounced the Affordable Care Act as the "cure."

These words from both presidential candidates highlight a number of misconceptions about health care access in the United States, both under the current health care regime as well as what we can expect under health reform.

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