Mitt’s emergency contradiction

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The Mitt Romney of Interviews Past has struck again, this time on the issue of healthcare.

In an interview with 60 Minutes that aired last night, Romney talked up emergency room care, as part of his case that even if we repeal Obamacare, the uninsured will still have access to healthcare.

“If someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and—and die,” Romney said. “We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care.”

But in an interview on Morning Joe in 2010, Romney defended his own universal health care bill in Massachusetts and spoke against emergency room care, saying “it just doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

And in 2007, Romney went further, calling emergency room care “socialism,” because taxpayers end up paying for it.

“Romney now is turning himself into a pretzel because he can’t admit that that’s what he did in Massachusetts and that’s what he used to think was a perfectly good idea,” The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn said.

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Mitt's emergency contradiction

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