"We don't have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don't have insurance."
It's seemed that not a single liberal media article referencing this quote is complete without mentioning studies that 25,000 - 50,000 adults die prematurely each year due to a lack of health insurance.
25,000 to 50,000. Are those numbers accurate? Perhaps.
But, remember: there are some 206 million adults living in the United States (source: Wikipedia).
This means that each year, only one in four thousand adults will die prematurely as the result of a lack of health insurance. That's statistically insignificant.
So, practically speaking, Romney is correct. The individual mandate is a solution in search of a problem.