Just after the Brits included theirs in the Olympic ceremony (see above), Mr Plastic tips Israel’s:
“Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the G.D.P. in Israel? Eight percent,” [Romney] 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.
And yet Romney would instantly kill the multiple initiatives in Obamacare to do exactly that. Zeke Miller outlines key components of the Israelis’ healthcare system, which has been universal since 1948.
(Photo: Children and Nurses representing the Great Ormond Street Hospital, the NHS and children literature take part in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. By Clive Rose/Getty Images.)