As Grant told you this morning, Mitt Romney was on the Jay Leno ShowStarring Not-Conan O'Brien —or whatever they're calling that abomination—last night. The big takeaway, according to the Washington Post, was this exchange, about health insurance:
ROMNEY: People with preexisting conditions — as long as they’ve been insured before, they’re going to continue to have insurance.
LENO: Suppose they were never insured?
ROMNEY: Well, if they’re 45 years old, and they show up, and they say, I want insurance, because I’ve got a heart disease, it’s like, `Hey guys, we can’t play the game like that. You’ve got to get insurance when you’re well, and if you get ill, then you’re going to be covered.’...We’ll look at a circumstance where someone was ill, and hasn’t been insured so far. But people who have had the chance to be insured — if you’re working in an auto business for instance, the companies carry insurance, they insure all their employees — you look at the circumstances that exist. But people who have done their best to get insured, are going to be able to be covered. But you don’t want everyone saying, `I’m going to sit back until I get sick and then go buy insurance.’ That doesn’t make sense. But you have to find rules that get people in that are playing by the rules.
This is Mitt Romney's idea of a game: If you're sick and you've got a preexisting condition and you couldn't afford to get health insurance before now, you can go fuck yourself. Mitt Romney wins! Great game, everybody.
So what's Romney's solution for people—and there will always be people under the current health care system we've got—who don't get insurance until they need to get insurance? . What happens when those people go to the emergency room and then they can't pay the bill? Probably the exact same thing that's always happened, which is that costs keep going up. Mitt Romney's health care solution is to do the exact same thing we've always done. That's completely unacceptable.