Paul Krugman had a post in his blog for today how Romney praised Israel’s healthcare system, but I was a bit floored when I looked at Romney’s actual words in the original news source Krugman cites, the Washington Post. Romney said
When our health care costs are completely out of control. Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? 8 percent. You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care. And you’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care. 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, let me compare that with the size of our military. Our military budget is 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways, not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to finally manage our health care costs.
The Israeli government requires everyone to have health insurance and the government pays for it with taxes. We know Romney would not favor that.