QUOTE OF THE DAY…. There was a point, not too terribly long ago, when Mitt Romney considered himself credible on health care policy. That was before he decided he really wanted to be the Republican nominee for president, and that saying foolish things was the way to make that happen.

It leads to remarks like these on CNBC this morning.

“The president has been disingenuous trying to lay this at the feet of the health insurance companies,” he said. “Nobody believes that health care is expensive in America because of insurance companies. Health care is expensive because we use a lot of health care treatment.”

Yes, Mitt Romney wants to a) defend universally-reviled health insurance companies as they jack up everyone’s premiums while reaping huge profits; and b) thinks health care would be a whole lot cheaper if we’d all stop getting treatment for our ailments.

I’m tempted to ask him, by way of a follow-up, why health care costs in the United States are vastly more expensive than any other country on the planet — per capita — even as people in other countries seek treatments for their ailments, but Romney would probably just pretend reality doesn’t exist and change the subject.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.