Please note the following video. It's a clip of Mitt Romney in an interview with Scott Pelley on CBS' 60 Minutes:
To start, the Emergency Room was never meant to be a primary means of care, hence its name "Emergency Room." Nevertheless, millions of Americans who do not have access to health insurance due to financial status or preexisting conditions are forced to use the ER when crisis strikes, instead of heading off that crisis with preventative care.
In short, people shouldn't have to ignore easily treatable ailments until said ailments land them in the ER because they can't afford preventative care. Also note how Romney manages to hand-wave his own universal healthcare solution. He won't burden Texas or other like-minded states with the burden of having to take care of their own citizens for a change. Reassuring, that.
If this (or any of the long strings of gaffes, shambles and other WTF moments) doesn't prove how out of touch the Mittster is with the rest of the U.S., perhaps this notable story will:
Romney’s wife, Ann, was in attendance, and the candidate spoke of the concern he had for her when her plane had to make an emergency landing Friday en route to Santa Monica because of an electrical malfunction. “I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney said. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she’s safe and sound.”
Omit the highlighted portion of that and you get a guy who's just talking off-hand about how concerned he was about his wife's safety. Too bad he didn't. You have to wonder how many times he's been on a Gulfstream staring listlessly out a cabin window wondering why the darn things don't at least slide open like the ones on the tour bus. I can point and laugh at this stuff all day, but I don't have all day. There's plenty of work to be done between now and November 5. Now excuse me while I talk to Lupe Fiasco* about why sitting out this election would be, pardon the pun, a fiasco for him, his fans and this country.
Let me heal from the wounds of 400 years of institutionalized agony and destruction first...then maybe I'll think about voting...
— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) September 20, 2012
I feel you, but you're going about the wrong way doing it.
*Do a Google search and you'll see dozens of stories on Lupe Fiasco's voting stance. What caught my eye was Twitchy's headline for their story: "Lupe Fiasco: I won’t vote until ‘I heal from the wounds of 400 years of institutionalized agony’". Notice that no other news outlet went with this headline. Subtle, real subtle, Twitchy - I see what you're trying to do and how. Come to think of it, this was the same type of shit Breitbart was a pro at doing before his untimely demise. Yet another reason to stay on your A-game when it comes to unadulterated bullshit.