Mitt: Uninsured Won't Die at Home

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. The cultural conservatives at the summit care deeply about abortion, gay marriage and other social issues. But this year, pocketbook issues seem to matter more than pulpit preaching, and at least some are willing to embrace Romney, who many have long looked at skeptically for his reversals on some of their priorities and his Mormon faith.

He’s an optimist. Mitt Romney has a message for the estimated 49 million Americans who don’t have health insurance: you’re not going to die in your apartment! Romney said that when those who aren’t fortunate enough to have insurance get ill, the government doesn’t say “tough luck, you’re going to die when you have a heart attack.” Instead, Mitt says, the government, a charity, or the hospital will foot the bill. A health-care group says that 26,000 uninsured die every year.