24 September 2012

Just go to the ER, redux

Sweet Breakdancing Jeebus, we are back to this:

Downplaying the need for the government to ensure that every person has health insurance, Mitt Romney on Sunday suggested that emergency room care suffices as a substitute for the uninsured. 
"Well, we do provide care for people who don't have insurance," he said in an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS's "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday night. "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."

If this quote sounds familiar, it was previously uttered, near word for word, by the intellectual giant who was the standard bearer of the Republican party for most of the last decade, George W Bush (remember him?). He said, in 2007:
"The immediate goal is to make sure there are more people on private insurance plans. I mean, people have access to health care in America," he said. "After all, you just go to an emergency room."
I was going to expound on my long-held point that "Just go to the ER" is not a substitute for national health policy, and that the ER is unable to provide comprehensive and preventative care yadda yadda yadda but fuck it. You all know that already. I can't stand it. I'm gonna go have a drink instead.



  1. It took me 10 months to pay the $866 ER bill I owed for a serious splinter my son had. $866 is not a reasonable fee for a splinter removal, but since it was a weekend, there were no other options. This year, I retired, so we have insurance. It would pay part of that $866, but there's a $6,000 deductible per person. Just don't get sick in the USA--that's the best advice one can give to poor people.

  2. I am so sick of the GOP, the rich Republicans, who don't have to worry about health care. If you're poor, unemployed, or have the misfortune of having something happen to you at midnight in the middle of a holiday weekend, you have one place to go to: the ER.
    Please, ER folks...should Mitt Romney ever enter your ER, make him wait for twelve hoursbefore he ever sees a doctor.Please.


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