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Democrats Pounce on Romney Over Uninsured, ER Care

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Democrats are seizing on a portion of Mitt Romney’s interview with 60 Minutes in which he cites hospital emergency rooms as a health care option for the uninsured -- a statement that contrasts with his longstanding opposition to such an approach because it’s widely known as the most expensive.

Here’s what Romney told Scott Pelley:

PELLEY:  Does the government have a responsibility to provide health care to the 50 million Americans who don’t have it today?

ROMNEY:  Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance. If someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care.

PELLEY:  What’s the most expensive way to do it? In an emergency room?

ROMNEY:  Again, different states have different ways of doing that. Some provide that care through clinics. Some provide the care through emergency rooms. In my state, we found a solution that worked for my state. But I wouldn’t take what we did in Massachusetts and say to Texas, ‘You’ve got to take the Massachusetts model.’

A new Obama campaign web video released Monday afternoon suggests Romney has flip-flopped on the issue, criticizing him for appearing to favor a plan that would “lead to higher costs and leave more Americans without insurance.”

The video highlights Romney’s March 2010 appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe when he said he believes in universal health insurance coverage to reduce reliance on emergency rooms for care.

“Look, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for us to have millions and millions of people who have no health insurance and yet who can go to the emergency room and get entirely free care for which they have no responsibility, particularly if they are people who have sufficient means to pay their own way,” Romney said at the time.

The Democratic National Committee made Romney’s apparent “shift” on health care for the uninsured a new talking point on their two-day Ohio bus tour, with spokesman Brad Woodhouse noting “the man who created the model for health care reform has moved so extreme right that he says the uninsured should use the emergency room like it’s a doctor’s office.   We know this doesn’t work.”

In an email to ABC News, Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg argued that the GOP nominee has not changed positions but was simply making “a statement of fact” in the 60 Minutes interview.

“Governor Romney made a statement of fact that Americans without health insurance are still able to receive critical care including in some cases through emergency rooms,” she said. “It is an absurd misreading of his comments to imply that he offered emergency rooms as a ‘solution’ to our nation’s health care challenges."

“As president, Mitt Romney will repeal Obamacare and replace it with common-sense, patient-centered reforms that strengthen our health care system making sure that every American, regardless of their health care needs, can find quality, affordable coverage,” she said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Scott Brown Won’t Pursue Alleged Abuser

Photo Courtesy - TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- In a stunning revelation this week, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., told CBS' 60 Minutes that a camp counselor sexually abused him numerous times when Brown was a child, but the Senator indicated that he is not interested in pursuing charges against the alleged abuser, according to the Boston Globe.

“I wish I had said something 40 years ago when these events occurred, but I was scared and embarrassed. I want to be clear that the reason I write about these incidents in my book is not to settle any scores, but to let people know they can overcome the obstacles and hardships they face in life,” wrote Brown in a statement released Friday.

The Globe reports that law enforcement officials and the Sandwich religious camp reached out to Brown about filing criminal charges against the counselor.

“There are many people like the senator who don’t want to pursue it further than the cathartic experience of revealing it. He has assured me that that’s the way he feels,” said Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, who also acknowledged that prosecuting charges would be difficult given the state’s 15-year statute of limitations.

During the 60 Minutes interview, Brown said the counselor, who has not been identified, threatened Brown with violence if he told anyone about the abuse.

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Scott Brown Sexually Abused as a Child

Photo Courtesy - TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Scott Brown, R-MA, has revealed he was sexually abused multiple times at the age of 10.

Brown told CBS News in an interview for 60 Minutes the abuse came at the hands of a camp counselor.

“Fortunately nothing was ever fully consummated, so to speak, but it was certainly back then very traumatic. He said, ‘If you tell anybody then I’ll kill you, you know, I will make sure no one believes you.’ And that’s the biggest thing -- when people find people like me at that young vulnerable age who are basically lost, the thing that they have over you is they make you believe that no one will believe you,” Brown said in the interview.

“So you never reported it?” asked CBS' Lesley Stahl.

“No. My mom will read about it for the first time. My wife hasn’t read about it. No, no I didn’t tell anybody. That’s what happens when you’re a victim. You’re embarrassed. You’re hurt.”

Brown also said that as a boy growing up in Wakefield, Mass., he also had to deal with physical and psychological abuse by his multiple stepfathers. Each of his parents were married four times and he has said that his father was not around very much.

In an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters for This Week shortly after his election in January of 2010, Brown described the violence he encountered at home.

“My parents were both loving, and they still are,” Brown told Walters. “When they were divorced, I was one years old, but they were always there for me.  When I referred to the violence in the home, it was with my mom's husband -- a couple of husbands. And I do remember getting up in the middle of the night and, you know, having to be the man of the family and come and rescue her and getting knocked around pretty good.”

“And it's made me appreciate my strong family and the fact that I have two great kids.  I'm not going to cry.  And, you know, I've learned from my parents' mistakes to do everything that they may have done wrong. And it was from youth. It wasn't from anything, you know, personal because they're both great people, and I love them to death.”

“But I've tried to learn from their mistakes and have a sense of humor. You know, when things are getting stressful around the house, to be more patient, be more tolerant and just, you know, just be open with our relationship. So 23 years, I've been married, and my kids are 21 and 19.  And there's nothing I wouldn't do for them.”

“And I would probably think divorce would never have been an option in your life?” asked Walters.

“It never has come up,” replied Brown. “We've always had a -- we've always gotten along so well. We -- we respect each other. I respect her career. She respects what I'm doing. We laugh and we have to. We kind of cry when we have to. We solve problems when we have to. I have to admit, I don't know what I'd do, you know, she's such an integral part of my life; you know, my kids come my family.”

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Obama on '60 Minutes': Healthcare Law Was Costly for Democrats

Photo Courtesy - The White House/Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- President Obama admits that he was blindsided by all the political fallout from the landmark healthcare reform legislation.

In a taped interviewed Sunday night on CBS' 60 Minutes, Obama said that other presidents had shied away from dealing with the “huge, big complicated system” because of the potential hit they would take at the polls.

That happened on Election Day, when Republicans regained control of the House.  Many Democrats who voted in favor of healthcare reform went down in defeat for that very reason.

Obama conceded that his decision to push ahead with the major overhaul of the healthcare system was “actually a little more costly than we expected, politically.”

Refusing to acknowledge that he didn’t see the handwriting on the wall, Obama said his major fault was not properly convincing Americans of the plan’s benefits, and allowing the GOP to get the upper hand in painting the law as an alleged socialist intrusion by big government.

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