Romney went to Israel and offered effusive praise
for that country's health care system...
“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.
What he neglects to mention is that Israel's health care system resembles Obamacare, individual mandate and all, except it's a good deal more...uh...socialistic. Lots of state-run hospitals. Doctors get paid by the state. Universal coverage. Better care overall.
The beauty part of Mitt's statement is that it's designed to piss off everyone. The Tea Party base fears that Romney will back Obamacare once he gets into office. Liberals will use this statement to illustrate Romney's hypocrisy and flip-floppery.
Me? I think it proves that the guy is a chess player who can't think more than one move ahead. If he had thought about what he was saying, he would have said something different.