• Mitt Romney Hearts Israeli Socialism

    Following the British leg of his foreign trip in which he did everything to annoy the British except ask if the scones came from a local 7-11, many wondered how we he would manage to taunt the Israelis.

    Would he serve bacon wrapped shellfish at a fundraiser for Jews for Jesus? Or posthumously retroactively convert somebody's grandma?

    Alas, Romney chose to go in a different direction, offering praise for various aspects of Israeli life. It's still too early to tell whether actually being diplomatic is a more or less effective way of conducting diplomacy than insulting your hosts, but it's clear that Romney has fully dedicated him to this "say nice things" strategy, even at the cost of endorsing a healthcare system much more socialistic than Obamacare…

    "Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? eight percent," Romney told donors at a fundraiser at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, speaking of a health care system that is compulsory for Israelis and funded by the government. "You spend eight percent of GDP on health care. You're a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18% of our GDP on health care. Ten percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, compare that with the size of our military — our military which is four percent — four percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to find and manage our health care costs."

    Israel actually goes beyond an "individual mandate" and is more akin to single-payer, since the government collects taxes to fund the healthcare system and then divvies up the revenue among four non-profit HMOs. Mitt-hog looked at this and saw his own Romneycare, which I think means we get 6 more weeks of pandering.

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    Tags: Health Care, Israel, Mitt Romney


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