Human Monopoly Logo Mitt Romney Explainers Jay Leno: Uninsured Poors Should Die Already (VIDEO!)

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Just cold bein' a dickMonocled toff Mitt Romney went on the Jay Leno Ha-Ha and Teevee Newz Hour to explain some cold hard FACTS to The Chin: You cannot wait until you are ill to buy insurance, gentles, even if there is no human way to afford it on your sad loser unemployment check! It just doesn’t work that way, good fellow! And if you work in a brake shop, and are uninsurable because you work in brake dust all day, the owners of the shop have already bought you insurance so just what is your problem, kind sir! (It is cute that Mitt Romney thinks that just because you work full-time, your job gives you “benefits.”) Oh, superrich “bubble.” How you delight us. Big cheers for “waivers for all 50 states from Obamacare” and big cheers for “covering pre-existing conditions through Obamacare” from Jay Leno’s feckless and easily led audience, plus Mitt Romney just cold bein’ a dick, after the jump.

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171 comments

    1. WiscDad

      Being a fetus (fetii?) is a pre-existing condition in the truest sense. Actually being a zygote…no wait a sperm cell…wait wait…an ovum….shit, what comes first…the chicken or the egg

  1. Come here a minute

    You can't trick me into watching that video — I know they are just talking about their car elevators.

    1. Preferred Customer

      I wish. The only thing interesting about Jay Leno is his car collection/obsession. If I thought Romney really had any of that same passion, I'd be much more sympathetic to him.

  2. littlebigdaddy

    Hey, Mittens in unemployed, so he prolly doesn't have insurance either, but he knows the owners of some insurance companies.

  3. savethispatient

    I'm just amazed he avoided calling employer-provided health insurance an "unnecessary overhead".

    1. weej_bain

      Mmmmm, could cut our "unnecessary overhead" but that would make me a first class dick in the eyes of the employees who would then, if they had any sense, feed me to the orcas next tome we're doing some Puget Sound inspections. Naaaah, can't do it.

      Yo your Mittenship, if you do get the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., smear some smashed potatoes on your pee pee so everyone will know you are a dick-tator.

    2. SorosBot

      Well we could get rid of that "unnecessary overhead" by having the government provide a true single-payer system instead of relying on employer-provided health insurance – but then, that would be socialism, and so we can't have that.

      1. Doktor StrangeZoom

        But government can never be as efficient as private industry! This is why Medicare's administrative costs are between 1% and 6% (depending on what you count), and private insurance is a much more efficient 15% to 25%.

        But I ask you this: if Medicare is so great, how come they don't sell stock, huh?

      2. Crank_Tango

        yes because that would be bad for business and freedom, and business freedom.

        Invisible hand don't give a fuck, also.

      1. SorosBot

        Well it's still an important point to make. Really, most of the "job creators" should be lobbying for a single payer health plan, since it's in their own self-interests, except for those in the insurance industry; but instead they stand buy their fellow companion overlords in our neo-feudal aristocracy.

        1. MissTaken

          Remove the tax deduction for employers who do provide health insurance to their workers and suddenly you'll see corporate overlords clamoring for single-payer. Dead employees aren't very productive.

          1. SorosBot

            Isn't it a great result of our political system, that since the end of the Johnson administration almost all government aid has come in the form of tax deductions instead of direct subsidies?

          2. HistoriCat

            How many shitty companies would be looking at a mass employee exodus if they couldn't keep their workers with slightly-better than average health insurance? They might have to treat their workers decently if they couldn't use health insurance as a way of chaining workers to their jobs.

      1. dubyatf

        @actor212
        "Hey, HMO executives are millionaires, too, my friend!" (fixed it for ya, actor)
        And thus, the *very best* people.

    1. noodlesalad

      I don't always run for office as a conservative, but when I do, I'm opposed to solving America's health care problem.

  4. memzilla

    Shorter version: Rmoney trickle down. The most discredited, proven-wrong economic theory since Ponzi. Unfunnier then your Uncle Max doing the old "Wanna double your money? Fold it in half!" joke that he cribbed out of Reader's Digest in 1953.

  5. ChernobylSoup

    They finally found a venue bland enough for Mitt's beta version humor recognition software to work.

  6. FlownOver

    Will. Not. Watch.

    Even if I had the stomach, I'm too busy negotiating those Mittens-guaranteed health care benefits from my employer, Poopsmiths-R-Us.

  7. Baconzgood

    I'm sick and fucking tierd of this voodoo economics talking points shit! We've been doing trickle dick theory for 30+ fucking years and no one sais to these bozos "we've been doing this and it hasn't worked why not try another model?"

    (this comment is 100% snark free)

    1. James Michael Curley

      A couple weeks ago Bill Moyers was interviewing David Stockman (of the Reagan Years) who has become vehemently opposed to 'trickle down' economics theories. His dismissal was pure art in its logic and reasoning. By the end of the show Moyers and Stockman were almost jumping up and down like school girls.

    2. GunToting[Redacted]

      It's because we are not trying fully. Corporations are still paying taxes. Until this tyranny is stopped, Arthur Laffer must weep and gnash his teeth alone.

  8. BarackMyWorld

    “waivers for all 50 states from Obamacare”

    I wonder if Romney would favor expanding his Mass. health care plan into the other 49 states instead. Hmmm, someone should definitely ask him that. Douche.

  9. prommie

    He is a bag of ice-cold douche. He makes me shiver with revulsion. I want to kick him in the cunt. (obviously impossible; the secret service would never let me).

  10. flamingpdog

    "But you don't want everyone to sit back until they get sick, and then want to go out and buy insurance."

    Mitt, you fucking shithead, that's what the individual mandate is all about, you FUCKING SHITHEAD!

    EDIT: That quote is from the last ten seconds of the video. Do I get a "Masochist of the Day" award for listening to the whole video?

    1. Preferred Customer

      "We have to find rules to get people in."

      Which, yes. You do have to do that. Almost like you have to find some way to…eh…mandate…that…er…individuals…buy insurance? Some sort of requirement? Bah. If only someone could come up with something like this.

  11. Toomush_Infer

    OMG, no wonder his handlers never let him talk about "ideas"….he doesn't have any…

    1. fuflans

      no he really doesn't. i just watched this and …

      man…

      if i wasn't worried enough about scotus, this tool..

      jesus mormon on a tab can.

    1. LagunaB

      I was driving by the high school as it let out. All the kids had their hoodies up. And it was a nice day. I have been thinking about my (older) kids. And here are the kids that could have been shot for no reason. I actually had hope for the future.

    1. Andrew Drinker

      Mittens has probably secretly realized that being "next in line" in the Republican Party means they really don't give a fuck about you, but they need someone to run and lose anyway.

      See also: Barry Goldwater 1964, Bob Dole 1996, John McCain 2008.

  12. DrunkIrishman

    YEAH?!? Well some of us aren't lucky enough to just power down and go back into the shop for a measly $50 reboot every time something goes wrong. The rest of us are actual human beings with human organs that sometimes fail.

    So, take your flowing metal hair and shove it up your pathetic, mechanical sounding ass, you robotic piece of shit.

  13. Lascauxcaveman

    Big cheers for “waivers for all 50 states from Obamacare” and big cheers for “covering pre-existing conditions through Obamacare” from Jay Leno’s feckless and easily led audience

    TV studio "Applause" prompter signs are people too, my friend.

  14. SorosBot

    Hey, Mittens should get easy laughs from an audience that still thinks OJ Simpson and Monica Lewinsky jokes are edgy and relevant.

  15. StarsUponThars

    There it is, in living color, my own personal hell: forced for all eternity to listen to those two shitbuckets shuck and jive with each other.

    1. Preferred Customer

      I don't much care for Leno's "comedy," but in fairness, he asked harder questions than I've heard on a lot of the Sunday talk shows. And he followed up. So many of the news channels these days ask one "hardball" (softball) question, get the talking point, and move on. Jay spent a couple of minutes unpacking Romney's bullshit about offering coverage "to those who've been continuously insured," exposing it (I think) for the meaningless drivel that it is.

      Not hard-hitting journalism, perhaps, but more than I'd expect from mainstream late night talk.

  16. ttommyunger

    Sorry, no way I'm spending one second of what life I have left watching two white, middle-aged millionaires jerk each other off, not even for Wonkette.

  17. SoBeach

    "Bring down top tax rates…"

    There you go. Tax cuts for the rich. Keep f'in that chicken.

  18. James Michael Curley

    I misread that headline as Human Malady … and immediately thought Tsetse fly.

  19. Lucidamente1

    "See, Jay, the way you and NBC behaved with Conan. That's the kind of America I'm talking about."

  20. FraAnima

    Charles Dickens would be salivating over this new reality. Except that there isn't as much humor these days.

  21. ElPinche

    Wait, Jay Leno is still alive? I thought he bored himself into a coma? This clip is putting me into REM state .

    1. Preferred Customer

      You are losing your religion, too? It's time to take a stand. We can't keep exhuming McCarthy. It's not like I am superman, but I am not crazy, either.

      These days, I believe we are living underneath the bunker. Everything is so fast, so numb. We have to ask ourselves, in little America, what if we give it away? We don't want to end up second guessing. That's the wake-up bomb I'm talking about.

      Welcome to the occupation–it's the end of the world as we know it.

      1. ElPinche

        I wouldn't want Newt to fall on me, but he'll be nothing but a murmur in the next couple of weeks. On Nov 4 2012, Mitt's campaign people will not be shiny happy people. I need to go now to smoke some orange crush with my seven chinese brothers.

    1. Negropolis

      He must know that Dave doesn't swallow bullshit GOP talking points.

      BTW, to be fair to Leno — whose guts I hate after what he did to Conan — he actually didn't let up on Mitt after he made his first bullshit talking point, but went back at him for seconds.

      Can't believe I'm defending him, but I was surprised Leno didn't let him slip away right away.

      1. Biff

        Kudos to you for watching.

        I actually blame the network, more than Jay, for what happened to Conan. Who on earth promises the moon to a guy, when the current occupant of that same moon is at the top of the ratings, as Jay was? Then to placate him, they offer him the 10:00 slot, hoping that would draw the same audience to stick around, even past the 11:00 news? Couldn't work, didn't work. Different styles, different audiences. NBC should have let Conan go when he got the offer from-who was it, ABC? Fox?-before the shit hit the fan…

  22. BlueStateLibel

    What if you're a fetus with a serious illness and you have no insurance? Are you allowed to die or is that killing the unborn because you refuse them healthcare? Or if you're a two-year-old with leukemia whose parents' lost their only job when Mitt Rmoney bankrupted the company they worked for, and thus have no insurance?

  23. SorosBot

    Another thing about Leno's audience is that they're pretty much all Baby Boomers, or even older, and so already have access to socialized health insurance through Medicare, and don't have to worry about the bullshit lack of access that the rest of us do. Their opinion on my health insurance (that I currently don't have) isn't worth much.

  24. MissTaken

    With amazing appearances like this it is inconceivable why Romney's approval ratings are so low.

  25. SayItWithWookies

    Mitt doesn't see why anyone wouldn't be able to afford medical insurance, even if they're unemployed — why, just dip into some of the regular residuals you earn from your deferred compensation package from your last job ten years ago and — what?! You didn't negotiate a deferred compensation package? Oh, dear.

  26. FakaktaSouth

    What I want to do with the tax code is continue on the path Bain lobbied for in 2007, I want to pay so little that I can have a car elevator in my house in Cali, bitches. It's not MY fault you failures don't have one.

    My 62 yo father just lost his job last week because of budget cuts and now has no health insurance unless he pays thousands of dollars for the cobra – and he has a terrible degenerative eye disease, so he needs it (SCOTUS makes the pre-existing condition clause in Obamacare go away and he is TRIPLE screwed). He has too much money for medicaid, doesn't qualify yet for Medicare. I think it is horrible that he should become bankrupt or homeless or have to remarry my mother for healthcare (something she said she would do, is this Cuba??) He has a savings, pension and no debt, but it still may not be enough for 4 years of out of pocket insurance – especially since he's got that eye thing wrong with him. I don't know why he has to pay more for healthcare than he does for rent to stay alive simply because we feel health care in this country should be for-profit. So, I'm biased, but when Mitt Romney makes a COMPLETELY ERRONEOUS point and laughs because he's so clever he reminds me of the winking blinking eating disorder riddled failure of a VP candidate from 2008.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        This is very true – and far be it from me to attack a higher rated healthcare country than ours. I am just still haunted by the article I read a while back about how many couples in Cuba stay together for financial reasons – all the way to the point where a couple and their respective boy/girl friends also live there. Freaked me out.

        1. HistoriCat

          So it's something we have in common with Cuba – remaining with someone you used to care about due to financial reasons.

          Building bridges of desperation all over the place.

        2. fuflans

          well i'm making mr fuflans marry me for insurance as i am now (for a brief time) one of the 1-7% who has awesome insurance.

          i told him he was my mail order bride.

          i am very v sorry for your dad. we can't have nice things and i am going to canada.

        3. Biff

          I had a girlfriend who married one of her ex-boyfriends and business partners for insurance purposes. Turns out I wasn't as open minded as I'd like to project, it really freaked me out, she sensed it, and dumped my ass. 8 years later they're still married, though she's living with someone else.

          Good luck to you and your Dad, sounds like alla y'all will be OK…

    1. Jukesgrrl

      So sorry about this. I really feel for your Dad. When the company I worked for went bankrupt, I lost my job and healthcare. I got unemployment, but COBRA payments would have taken more than half that, so thanks but no thanks. As it was, even sans insurance my unemployment would pay for my mortgage payment OR basic living expenses, not both.

      You're right that your Dad is in the worst position possible for getting through the next three years until Medicare kicks in. He might have to rely on your mother. I would have lost my house if not for help from my family. It's really a lesson in humility.

      Is it possible your Dad lives near a university research/teaching hospital? Sometimes they will take patients with diseases they want to study and treat them at no cost. It's worth looking into. Also, they usually have social workers who could assess his situation and find out if there is any obscure program he would be eligible for. I ended up being eligible for basic care in a program I'd never heard of and is not widely publicized because they don't want a flood of applicants. And that's in Arizona, not a place you'd think would have pity on the poorz. Best of luck to him.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        You're so good and kind. I love talking to you and I thank ya – and he does happen to live by one of the premiere research hospitals in the whole wide world (UAB is amazing, despite the "being in Alabama" of it all) I will look in to this for real.

        I hate it for you that you have had to deal with so much in your life, things that really didn't have to be so hard. I watched a 35yo friend spend her last months on Earth on the phone with insurance people and hospital admin over money for the cancer treatments that I'm pretty sure killed her. It is an evil and unjust system here. It makes me sadder than anything else. I have excellent health insurance and it still sucks balls.

        You are right – family is important and helpful in these times and my dad knows he will never have to REALLY worry, unlike MILLIONS of people in this country. His mother is still alive and in better shape than I am (and I am in pretty damn good shape) and she has money and looooves her first son. I have already told him he is more than welcome to move in with us, and we have room so that it wouldn't suck for him. Even if it hopefully (for his sake, because he really likes his pad and situation overall) never comes to that I know it is important for him to have that basic security – but why should life have to be that precarious? And I KNOW we are lucky to have each other and that HE (and my Mom) WORKED like he did all his freaking life so that I am at a point in my life where I am able to be there for him. It's ridiculous and inhumane that he should have to even consider this. He raised two daughters who both graduated from college debt free without ever having jobs BECAUSE of him, and now here we are. It's appalling and unnecessary. The wrongheadedness of people's "opinions" of healthcare in this country IS changing because EVERYBODY knows SOMEBODY with a story now. I just can't believe I won't live to see the day when we REALLY change things here. I don't WANT to.

      2. fuflans

        jukes i hope you are now back to employment (if you want to be). i went thru the same thing only i was lucky enough to have the fiscal stimulas at my back so cobra for me was about $113 a month for cadillac insurance.

        i never – ever – heard anybody talking about this part of the evil evil stimulus. i was a direct beneficiary for like 18 months. i would go to the people of my family's in a wealthly chicago suburb and crow at the top of my lungs.

        fuck republicans. just fuck them.

      1. LagunaB

        I have no idea how he can build a car elevator at that location. If it goes up it will block the ocean view from behind and he will get sued. And if they excavate down the dirt is just sand and clay which is unstable. So bizarro.

        1. Biff

          The liberal application of concrete, reinforcing steel and cash (mostly cash) overcomes all obstacles. He hired a lobbyist for his house, for fuck's sake!

  27. Mumbletypeg

    This tragicomic excuse of a candidate is all Ken Doll where realAmericans want either GI Joe, Reagan resurrected, Breitbart unmartyred or some combination of the three, dunked in Essence-of-Teabag and crooning about watering their liberty trees, even though it amounts to pissing away the same barking bumpkins' retirement funds.

  28. flamingpdog

    OT, and I know he'll probably never speak to me again for telling y'all this, but today is ttommyunger's birfday. Happy Birthday, Old Man!

  29. Isyaignert

    Thanks for talking me down. It might be a blessing in disguise if the SCROTUS blows it up. Then we just put everyone on Medicare. problem solved.

    You're right – the Heritage Foundation (Koch bros.) thought up the individual mandate in the first place! Those GD neocons don't know which way is up.

  30. aguacatero

    Ever wondered what kind of dipshit would choose to be in Jay Leno's audience? This kind.

  31. HistoriCat

    Congress will immediately enact a single-payer plan

    John Boehner just poured himself another drink and Mitch McConnell withdrew into his shell to escape the tears.

  32. Limeylizzie

    May I suggest a portion of a speech by a hero of mine, Aneurin Bevan who was responsible for the National Health Service after WW2 in UK. Just replace the word " Tory" with "Republican" and "Lord Woolton" with "Mittens" and you'll be good.

    That is why no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. They condemned millions of first-class people to semi-starvation. Now the Tories are pouring out money in propaganda of all sorts and are hoping by this organised sustained mass suggestion to eradicate from our minds all memory of what we went through. But, I warn you young men and women, do not listen to what they are saying now. Do not listen to the seductions of Lord Woolton. He is a very good salesman. If you are selling shoddy stuff you have to be a good salesman. But I warn you they have not changed, or if they have they are slightly worse than they were.

      1. Limeylizzie

        Nye Bevan was awesome,Welsh ex-coal miner born into grinding poverty, sefl-educated and just altogether amazing.Oh and I just started reading March Violets by Philip Kerr and I love it!

        1. Jukesgrrl

          We need that Wonkette book club someone was proposing awhile back. I'm reading Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James now.She doing a pretty good job of the Jane Austen imitation.She's made me laugh often and I never thought of the Baroness as funny.Glad you're enjoying Bernie Gunther.His trials are many.

  33. Laissez_Queer

    OK, I get Mad Men has ushered in retro business-daddy chic, but it's not the best paradigm for choosing our Presidential candidates. Obvs.

  34. rocktonsam

    Jay Leno knows people who have no insurance and he knows people with pre- existing illness.

    who knew?

  35. fuflans

    jesus christ. he has no idea. no plans, nothing. my earnest always right boyfriend is right again and he's (mittens) nothing but an over indulged scion whose bain career is a chimera.

    jesus christ.

    bye y'all i'm going to listen to nirvana for the rest of the evening. and drink something reddish with notes of purple despair.

  36. Negropolis

    I said it the other night, but if we'd have fought for the public option, we wouldn't even be discussing a possible Supreme Court smackdown. So, we half-assed this, and it might still not stick. This is why you go big, and deal with the electoral consequences, later. 'Cause, now, no matter how much we watered it down we still lost BIG in 2010, and what little weak healthcare reform we did get through — a plan that the president couldn't even defend until literally last week — might have all been for naught.

    Dems, you have got to get your shit together. Let this be a lesson.

  37. XtfrM

    Haysoos Christ, the dolts in Leno's audience are clapping at the clapped out "job creators" myth. Depressing. But then, Leno is ALWAYS depressing.

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