Fresh off his disastrous trip to England, Mitt Romney went to Israel hoping to get back on track in the charm department. Apparently his campaign managers changed his settings to auto-pander because they probably wish he hadn’t said this:
“Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the G.D.P. in Israel? Eight percent,” he said. “You spend eight percent of G.D.P. on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our G.D.P. on health care, 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, compare that with the size of our military — our military which is 4 percent, 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of G.D.P. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to fund and manage our health care costs.”
Problem: Israel has socialized medicine, something very close to a single payer system. To be fair to Romney, though, there is one major difference between Israel’s system and Obama’s health care reform bill — it wasn’t thought up by a black guy.