The day the Supreme Court ruled on Obamacare, the Jewish Daily Forward provided a good explanation of the similarities and differences between the two health systems. One of its points: America can learn a lot from the Israeli system. “The quality is high, and the outcomes are good,” said Orly Manor, dean of Hadassah-Hebrew University’s Braun School of Public Health.
It doesn’t seem that Romney had that in mind, since his campaign soon walked back his praise for Israel’s healthcare system. A campaign spokesman said “the governor was criticizing our broken healthcare system and the failure of Obamacare to address the healthcare challenges facing our country.”
OK. Meanwhile, one of Romney’s comments that didn’t get much play merits some journalistic scrutiny, too. He also said:
We have to find ways, not just to provide healthcare to more people, but to find ways to fund and manage our healthcare costs.
Is Romney another Republican moving away from the goal of bringing more Americans under the private insurance tent? Should he be added to the list of top Republicans who want to de-emphasize more coverage for more people—a philosophical trend that NPR’s Julie Rovner reported might be the new Republican healthcare mantra? Good question.